Juices are always such a quick fix-me-up, giving you a major boost of concentrated vitamins in one glassful. I adore this combo of pineapple, carrot, celery and ginger. Adding local fruits into my juices makes the juicing habit much cheaper! I drink half a glass of veg and fruit juice first thing every morning, on an empty stomach so that I can absorb all the nutrients. I eat my breakfast around half an hour later in the office.
Pineapples are a great source of vitamin C – 1 cup of pineapple is over 105% of the daily recommended intake! Carrots get their lovely colour from beta carotene, which has great antioxidant properties, as well as being a major source of vitamin, while celery has anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger is especially potent for its anti-inflammatory effects and is a great immunity booster – plus, it adds a wonderful zing to the juice. You kind of become hooked to adding ginger to your juices, I add it quite often now, if I can help it. If you don’t like ginger, simply omit.
It’s important in juicing to make sure you add lots of vegetables to offset the fruit sugars – fruits are generally healthy and good for you, but with a juice you don’t have the fibre content to slow down the sugar absorption. If you’re eating a healthy diet, this dose of “sugar” is fine once a day, and it is still a great way to get your vitamins without resorting to supplements. Smoothies are a good way to enjoy fruits and receive the same benefits of juicing since you’re drinking up more fruit than you would eat whole, and with the added benefit of the fibres being intact, the sugar absorption is much slower and better for balancing your energy levels.
On the topic of sugar, my belief is simply that it is best to avoid refined sugars. Simple and refined sugars and carbohydrates, such as white sugar and white flour, get converted into energy in your body much too quickly, such that you experience a literal “sugar high”, and since it burns out quickly too you experience a massive slump in energy levels too soon after. This roller coaster makes your body hungry again, making you consume more than you really need. Complex sugars, such as brown rice and maple syrup, take much longer to be converted into energy, keeping you energised (and full) for longer. Some people completely avoid sugar, even in fruits, which I can’t follow and simply don’t believe in because fruits are too wonderful and also have a host of other health benefits to be shut out of my diet.
- ½ -1 pineapple, roughly chopped
- 2 carrots
- 3 sticks celery
- 2 inches ginger, peeled
- Depending on the size of the pineapple, you may need up to one whole pineapple for this recipe.
- Using a juicer, juice all the ingredients together. Stir well, and serve
Enjoy! xx, Bee