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Juicing recipes

We thought it would be useful for us to give you some juicing recipes and our Health Days Manager has kindly put together the information below from her personal experience of juicing:

Carrot, Apple, Beetroot & Ginger
Carrot & Spinach
Apple, Pear & Lime
Carrot, Parsley, Spinach & Celery
Apple, Celery & Ginger
Banana & Berries Smoothie
Banana, Passion Fruit, Raspberry & Pear Smoothie
Banana, Papaya, Apple Juice & Lime Juice Smoothie
Pineapple, Mango, Apple, Lime & Ginger Smoothie
Chopper's Raw Salsa

Recipes

Carrot, Apple, Beetroot & Ginger

  • 8 medium carrots
  • 2 apples (Cox's, Royal Gala or Braeburn)
  • 1 small beetroot
  • Slice of root ginger (to taste)

Carrot, apple, beetroot & ginger makes for a delicious starting point for those who have never tried vegetable juices. Carrots are a good source of vitamin A and beta carotenes, providing antioxidants. Apples have an abundance of pectin which breaks down toxins in the intestines and helps maintain a healthy bowel function. Ginger is an excellent tonic for the entire digestive system.

Carrots need to form most of the juice otherwise the flavour of the apples will dominate. The ginger provides a touch of spice, but make sure you use it sparingly - it's powerful stuff!

Carrot & Spinach

  • 6 medium carrots
  • 100-150g fresh spinach

Carrots are one of the richest possible sources of vitamin A and also contain an abundance of vitamins B, C, D, G, E and K. Spinach is probably the most vital food for the entire digestive tract. It is naturally abundant in vitamins C and E, as well as iron and folic acid which provide excellent blood building properties.

With the above factors taken into account, carrot & spinach is an extremely nutritionally beneficial combination. Surprisingly, it is also tastes very pleasant.

Whatever juicer is being used it is best to put in a small amount of spinach followed by the carrots. This juice also works well if carrot is replaced by apple.

Apple, Pear & Lime

  • 3 apples (Cox's, Gala or Braeburn)
  • 2 pears
  • ½ of a lime

This juice is simple but refreshing and delicious. It contains carotenes, pectin, potassium and vitamin C from the apples.

Simply put the ingredients into the juicer in any combination. Make sure that you peel the lime before juicing, but if you want more zest in the drink, leave some peel on.

Carrot, Parsley, Spinach & Celery

  • 4 carrots
  • small handful of flat leaf parsley
  • 100g fresh spinach
  • 2 sticks of celery

Parsley, particularly flat leaf parsley, provides a very potent herbal juice. As such it should not be taken in too large a quantity.

Apple, Celery & Ginger

  • 3 apples (Cox’s, Gala or Braeburn)
  • 4 sticks of celery
  • Slice of root ginger (to taste)

This delicious juice is rich in celery, which is an important source of sodium. The high mineral content of the drink also makes it a perfect drink to have either before or after strenuous exercise.

Banana & Berries Smoothie

  • 1 large banana
  • 1 large handful of strawberries or other berries
  • 2-3 apples
  • Yoghurt (optional)

Smoothies are a delicious way to conveniently introduce large portions of fruit into the diet and provide a simple, nutritious meal in a glass. Prepare the bananas and berries as appropriate and then freeze them. Strawberries are commonly used in smoothies, but blueberries, blackberries and raspberries can all be used too. Place the frozen ingredients in a blender. Juice the apples and add to the blender with the yoghurt if desired. Blend until smooth and then serve immediately.

Banana, Passion Fruit, Raspberry & Pear Smoothie

  • 2 pears
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 passion fruit
  • 7 or 8 raspberries

This works well as the pear juice allows the stronger flavours to dominate the drink. The result is fantastically refreshing. Prepare and freeze the banana, passion fruit (scoop out the inside and freeze in an ice-cube tray) and raspberry. Place in a blender, juice the pears and add to the mixture. Blend and serve immediately.

Banana, Papaya, Apple Juice & Lime Juice Smoothie

  • 1 large banana
  • 1 papaya
  • ½ of a lime
  • 2-3 apples

This smoothie is rich in papaya, which is an excellent source of the digestive enzyme papain.
Peel and scoop out the insides of the papaya then freeze with the banana. Add to a blender along with the freshly juiced apples and lime. Blend well and serve immediately.

Pineapple, Mango, Apple, Lime & Ginger Smoothie

  • 4 rings of fresh pineapple
  • 1 mango (Indian when available)
  • 5 apples
  • 1 lime
  • A slice of ginger (to taste)
  • 4 healthy dollops of fresh yoghurt

This drink serves 2. Prepare and freeze the mango and pineapple. Add to a blender followed by the juiced apples, lime and ginger. Finally, add the yoghurt, blend well and serve immediately.

Chopper's Raw Salsa

  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 8-10 cherry tomatoes
  • ½ a red pepper
  • ½ a stick of celery
  • ¼ of a red onion
  • ½ of a clove of garlic
  • Fresh green or red chilli (to taste)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • A small bunch of fresh coriander

A raw salsa makes a superb, healthy addition to any meal. Simply wash and prepare all the ingredients then place them in a blender and blend to the desired consistency. Serve as a dip with raw vegetable crudities or corn tortillas and salad, or a side dish with any meal.