Revitalising Watermelon and Fresh Mint Juice

Revitalising Watermelon and Mint Juice

Celebrating the Australian Summer kicking off today, I’m sharing our favourite watermelon juice of all time. It is not only super refreshing on those hot Summer days, but it is also nutritionally good for you.

Watermelon is one of those summer fruits that are readily available, usually in abundance. I have fond memories of fresh watermelon juice in my childhood years; it was one of my mums favourite juices to quench our thirst, and oh boy did it satisfy our thirst, it was deliciously tasty then and even more now knowing the benefits of watermelon which include vitamin A and C. It consists of 90% water, which is why it is so refreshing. It also has an antioxidant called Lycopene which is linked with cancer protection qualities.

Besides the health benefits, this juice is just deliciously delicate yet there always seems to be a party in my mouth, enjoy!

Revitalising Watermelon and Fresh Mint Juice

Serves 2, 10 minutes preparation time

Ingredients

  • 1/2 small watermelon, chilled and roughly chopped
  • 4 strawberries
  • 6 fresh mint leaves

Method

  1. Process watermelon and strawberries in a juicer, add the mint half way while juicing to ensure it is pressed thru well
  2. Add some ice cubes if desired to the glass
  3. Stir well and add a mint leaf as a finishing touch
  4. Enjoy this refreshing drink 🙂
  5. If you have any juice left over, it makes fantastic ice blocks to enjoy on those hot summer days!

For more info

What are the health benefits of watermelon?

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Joe’s Mean Green

Joe's Mean Green

After watching ‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead‘, by fellow Aussie Joe Black, we have been inspired to try a few more juices and particularly more kale. Have a look on his Reboot website for more info.

This juice recipe features kale which contains many health benefits, including being rich in nutrients (contains antioxidant nutrients, anti-inflammatory nutrients & anti-cancer nutrients). This juice is also rich in immune-boosting nutrients, detoxifying and alkalising ingredients for the body. It’s also a wonderful energetic kick start to the day; but ensure you have it at least 30 minutes before any food to reap all the nutritional benefits.

We have grown to love kale and have incorporated it into our daily diet by juicing it, including it in our smoothies and recently discovered a fantastic Kale and Goji berry brownie recipe which I’ll be sharing soon because it’s too delicious to keep a secret!

Joe’s Mean Green

Makes one serving (350ml)

TIP: A few ice cubes in the juice jug, to cool the juice slightly, tastes great.

Ingredients

  • 6 kale leaves (if none around, a combo of spinach, collards and Swiss chard can be used)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 green apple
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
  • Small piece of ginger root (2.5cm)
  1. Rinse and chop ingredients ready for your juicer
  2. Start with the ginger, then the leafy greens, the apple and cucumber will help the ginger come through
  3. Enjoy immediately, separately to a meal to help your digestion get the most from the juice

For more info

http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/

Green Bliss Smoothie

Green Bliss Smoothie

This would have to be one of the best if not THE best smoothie I have ever tasted!

We have recently been enlightened to the great benefits of Kale; including it into many of our fresh vegetable juices and now we are hooked on this banana-kale smoothie for life! It tastes divine, and it’s super healthy.

Kale also known as a superfood which is rich in vitamin A; great for vision, vitamin B (folate), vitamin K essential for normal bone health and the prevention of blood clotting. Kale has more iron than beef per calorie (YaY!! says someone who isn’t hugely fond of eating red meat and lacks iron in her diet). High in fibre and has no fat. So what’s there not to like about Kale?

I’ve also come across a fantastic kale brownie recipe which I’m keen to try in the near future; if it’s a success I’ll definitely post up the recipe. Both Neil and I were not expecting this smoothie to taste so good, but we were speechless as we savoured our new favourite smoothie down.

It’s best to have the smoothie on an empty stomach to ensure you reap all the fabulous nutritional benefits; your body will love you for it! It’s filling and will keep you going all morning!

Green Bliss Smoothie

1 Serving, 5-10 minutes preparation time

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cups kale leaves, washed, stems removed and lightly packed
  • 1 frozen banana pre-chopped
  • 1 cup chilled almond milk
  • 1 tbsp almond butter or other nut butter
  • a thin slice of fresh ginger
  • shake of ground cinnamon
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  1. Place all in a juicer and blend until all ingredients are smooth
  2. Enjoy this brilliant smoothie immediately! 🙂

Inspiration from www.healthygirlskitchen.com

Refreshingly Delicious Morning Juice

refreshing juice

I’ve had fresh  juices all my life, thanks to my beloved mum who introduced me to fresh vegies and fruit juice as a child. I like to stick to only drinking fresh juice rather than store bought juices because there’s no added sugars, preservatives or colours. There are far more nutritional benefits from drinking freshly made to store bought juice, even though it’s a little more effort than pouring out of a carton, I promise you that your body will thank you for the nutrition that it will receive and it’s a good way to detoxify the system also.

Packed in this juice are the power of vegetables and fruit, all enriched with lifesaving antioxidants. Apples contain nutrients like Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E and K, Folate, Niacin, Zinc, Copper, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Calcium, Sodium and Manganese. Carrots contain a wide variety of vitamins such as Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E and K, Folate, Niacin and Pantothenic Acid. There are minerals like Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium and Selenium packed in it. One of the most important components found in carrots is beta-carotene. You can get the best of these nutrients by juicing the carrots. The heart friendly Beetroots are enriched with nutrients like Vitamins A, C, B-complex, potassium, iron, magnesium and copper. They contain anti-aging agents as well.

If you don’t have a juicer at home, it’s a fantastic health investment which reaps rewards immediately.

Home juicing also gives me the option of changing what fruits I juice, lately I’ve been having a lot of juices with a whole lemon to help cleanse my system. At first I thought it would be too sour but by adding at least one apple its not sour at all and absolutely delicious.

It’s best to have the juice at least 30 minutes before breakfast on an empty stomach to optimise the nutritional benefits.

I’ll add more of my favourite  juicing combinations soon, but I guarantee you’ll love this juice recipe and it will feel super refreshing!

A wonderful start to the day!

Refreshingly Delightful Morning Juice

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 medium beetroot
  • 1 thumbsize piece of ginger
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 large apples
  • 1 large cucumber (can be substituted to a zucchini)

Chill ingredients beforehand.

Place all in juicer and enjoy immediately

NOTE: Ensure that the ginger and beetroot is not juiced last because they need some solid vegie or fruit to force the goodness through 🙂