If green juice is a step too far for you, fret not. One of Green Swede’s weekly juice customers professed that the green juice he was receiving on a weekly basis was ‘an acquired taste’. This has not stopped him from drinking it – after all he knows it is incredibly healthy – but he is probably more excited with his slightly sweeter carrot/orange/apple/ginger combo that is also part of his weekly juice order. And it is all good.
Eating brightly coloured vegetables – all colours of the rainbow in fact – is important as they each have different benefits to bring to our overall health. So this week we are stepping away from the green and focusing on vegetables containing carotenoids, the compound which makes vegetables orange, yellow and red. Think pumpkins, sweet potato, carrots and tomatoes. carotenoids act as powerful anti-oxidants within our bodies and can help to combat skin ageing, cellular damage and inflammation. Beta-carotene (found in carrots and sweet potato for example) can be converted into Retinol or vitamin A in the body, Vitamin A being an important aspect of eye health for example. Interestingly, carotenoids cannot be synthetically made thus making diet the most important way to ingest the benefits of these veggies.
In today’s juice recipe I’ve also included turmeric, an important anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-viral spice/root which I tend to add to the already heady mixture of carotenoids in this juice. Plus ginger. A must for good digestion and a potent anti -inflammatory. So if you are feeling under the weather or if you are fighting a nasty cold then look no further. This juice is for you. Wish you all a fantastic day! x
Red Winter Cocktail
1 large beetroot
1 sweet potato
1″ ginger root
1″ turmeric root