I’ve just gotten back from a trip to windy but beautiful Copenhagen. While abroad, I was pleasantly surprised to discover the extent to which Danes are into their fresh-pressed juices (or should I say “friskpresset” juices – yes, that’s me Danish word dropping, what can i say, it’s my claim to fame, given the fact that Danish is the 3rd most difficult language to learn in the world haha). When touring the city, a juice bar was never far away, and I discovered many interesting ingredients and combinations, including the inclusion of bell peppers in juices, which I cannot say I had ever thought of on my own. Therefore, today’s original juice recipe makes use of a trick I’ve shamelessly stuffed up my sleeve while freezing my behind in Scandinavia – bell pepper juice. Have no fear, this ingredient is pretty neutral-tasting and only slightly sweet. In this recipe, all of the ingredients are great pairings for each other – no boredom here! 🙂
Also, this juice makes my nutritional radar beep uncontrollably. Bell peppers, which are excellent sources of vitamin A and one of the best sources of vitamin C, are a great source of anti-cancer compounds. In fact, bell pepper extracts have demonstrated the capacity to inhibit action or formation of certain cancer-inducing compounds (such as nitrosamines, which are linked to brain tumours) in vitro.¹ ² Ginger participates in this whole healthy shebang by soothing an upset stomach, easing nausea, boosting immunity and acting as an anti-inflammatory friend.
This is one of the most delicious and refreshing juices I’ve made so far. Plus, it’s bound to put some spring into your step and even some hair on your chest (the latter may or may not be true).
Immunity-Boosting Golden Juice
Ingredients (all organic where possible):
- 3 Golden Delicious yellow apples
- 2 yellow bell peppers
- 1 pear
- 1 small rutabaga
- 1 lemon
- 1-inch piece of ginger (or larger if you’re a ginger fanatic like myself).
- Cut all produce into pieces that will fit into your juicer (get an adult to supervise if you need 😉 ).
- Let the juicer work its magic.
- Juice it. Drink it. Love it.
Enjoy this unusual yet delicious juice with breakfast or right before a workout for a gentle boost.
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12. Ikken Y, Morales P, et al. Antimutagenic effect of fruit and vegetable ethanolic extracts against N-nitrosamines evaluated by the Ames test. J Agric Food Chem 1999 August;47(8):3257-64.