I find that out of all the things I do for my health, drinking fresh pressed juices produces the most noticeable results. When I’m juicing on the regular, my skin looks fantastic and I have so much more energy throughout the day.
Fresh juice is like a pipeline that delivers nutrients straight to the body. Because there’s little to no pulp (fibre) in juice, there is no real digestive process and the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are easier to absorb.
When I talk about fresh juice, I’m not talking about those juices that you buy in the supermarket that are often loaded with sugar and have been pasteurized. I’m talking about juices that are made at home with a juicer and/or bought at a fancy fresh pressed juice spot.
My rule of thumb when juicing is to combine one fruit with several vegetables. This helps to lower the sugar content while ensuring that your juice is PACKED with nutrition.
Summer is my favourite time to juice because juice generally cools the body down.
I’ve been using lots of pineapple in my juices this summer and have been experimenting with interesting flavour combinations. This flavour combination is based on the Bon Scot, Adam Graham’s unusual and delicious cocktail at The Saint. The pineapple gives the drink its sweetness, while the jalapeno gives it some kick. The kale is just there to turn a healthy juice into a crazy healthy juice.
I found myself super sick with a nasty summer cold, and found that this juice even helped me recover.
The enzymes present in many of the ingredients will help to give your digestion and metabolism a good kick in the pants.
- Pineapple juice is an enzyme-packed super elixir. Bromelain, the enzyme present in pineapples, is a potent anti-inflammatory and digestive aid. And pineapples are beautifying due to their vitamin C content and high enzymes. Pineapple juice is also great at healing a sore throat and even acts as a cough suppressant.
- Cucumbers provide silica, which beautifies the hair, skin and nails. It’s a blood cleanser, and helps to cool the body down in the summer. Cucumber juice is also good for the spleen, stomach and large intestine.
- Jalapeno provides the kick in the pants spiciness. The capsaicin found in jalapenos (and all peppers, for that matter) acts as an anti-inflammatory and can increase the metabolism by increasing calorie expenditure. Jalapenos are also a good source of beautifying, immune-boosting vitamin C.
- Kale is rich in vitamins A, C, K, cleansing chlorophyll, iron, calcium, beautifying sulfur and potassium. The iron and copper in kale juice will help to stimulate enzyme activity in your cells.
- ½ pineapple
- 1 jalapeno
- 1 bunch lacinato kale
- 1 cucumber
- 1 lime
- 1 thumbsize piece of ginger
- Cut all ingredients into juicer-sized pieces and press through a juicer. Makes 3-4 cups, or around 2 servings.
- If you don’t have a juicer, you can whiz all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Because there are so many ingredients, you may need to blend two batches.
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Wishing you good vibes in your body. xo Andrea