Immune Boosting Juice

20 Feb

So I’m sitting in church on Saturday night, minding my own business when all of the sudden, it happened. A sneezing attach. Three sneezes, followed by the immediate feeling of a scratchy throat and stuffy nose. Ugh. You know that feeling when you know you’re going to get sick. You start playing through the upcoming week in your head to figure out if you have anything super important scheduled. And usually for me a really bad cold happens the week I’m supposed to be onsite at a client. Nothing like promoting health and being the face for a corporate wellness company, when there is snot pouring out of my nose. I don’t get sick often, but when I do, I feel lousy. This time I was prepared to beat this bug.

Nic, Lyla, and I made a run to the grocery store after church to pick up a couple of items for dinner. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to load the cart with ingredients I could throw in our juicer to get my immune system revved and my body flooded with antioxidant goodness. I did a quick google search on my phone on the way to the store and found this recipe…Immunity Boosting Juice…Thanks Healthy Cosmos!

What you will need:

3 carrots

4-5 kale leaves

1 orange, peeled

1 lemon, peeled

2 inch piece of ginger, peeled

Dash of cayenne pepper (optional)

Run everything except for the cayenne pepper through your juicer. Sprinkle some cayenne on your juice, if you so choose.

I wanted to be sure that everything entering my bod to fight off this potential cold was organic, so I went with spinach instead of kale because the store we were at didn’t carry organic kale. I also passed on the cayenne pepper, but I think it would add a unique taste that would probably be pretty darn good!

What a powerful punch of nutrients this juice can provide to the body! The carrots bring a whole host of antioxidants called carotenoids, including beta carotene. Ginger has an antimicrobial and antiviral affect on the body, which is exactly what it needs when it’s trying to fight something. Kale has always been known as a serious super food and rightfully so. It contains powerful phytochemicals and is high in sulfer, which is known to help your body’s detoxification enzymes do their job. The lemon and orange are great sources of vitamin C.

As you can tell from the picture, this juice isn’t the most beautiful looking I’ve seen, but it tasted great! The nice thing about any type of leafy green put through the juicer is that when they are juiced along with a citrus fruit, you really can’t taste any of their bitterness at all. This juice had the perfect balance of sweetness from the orange and carrots, tanginess from the lemon, and just a little bite from the fresh ginger. It was delicious! I would certainly make this juicing combination again.

The best part: No signs of a cold today! I am such a huge believer that high quality and nutrient dense food can heal the body. What is your favorite fruit or veggie to throw in the juicer?

This recipe was shared on Fat Tuesday.



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