Summer is a time to take a break from your traditional routine. Ditch the business casual for the itsy-bitsy-teensy-weensy-yellow-polka-dot bikini. Abandon the hot, sticky gym for beach volleyball. And while you’re at it, consider mixing up your usual lemon-kale-celery juicing routine with something a little more flamboyantly tropical. Go ahead, try a little…
This luscious stone fruit is the center of most every tropical-themed dish you can think of. It’s great in salsa, it’s great on fish, and it’s fantastic in juice. Martha Stewart recommends that you pair it with carrots and oranges for a juice that’s much more orange than the sum of its parts. (Insider tip: the mango’s peel is full of antioxidants, so try washing your fruit really well and adding the peel to the juice.)
Tiny, green, and composed of nothing but flavor and vitamin C (well, almost—one kiwi has 120% of your daily C requirement), hairy little kiwis make a great addition to your green juice. Throw in a peeled kiwi or two with kale, celery, cucumber, and lime, for a sweet all-green juice that’s perfect for sipping in the shade.
Buttery papaya is high in the enzyme papain, which is great for your digestion. Like many tropical fruits, it’s bursting with vitamin C and antioxidants. Scoop out the seeds, cut into chunks, and blend with fruits like strawberries, peaches, and banana (throw some greens in there to balance out all the fruit sugars).
Prettily pink, high in lycopene, and rocking more vitamin C than an orange, the guava fruit is the perfect summer mix of glamor and nutrition. If we had to play matchmaker, well, it’s practically perfect with pear!
If you’re feeling especially adventurous (or patriotic), slice up a carambola—the South Pacific fruit that’s literally shaped like a star. It’s high in vitamin C and antioxidants (though anyone with kidney failure should stay away from starfruit, due to its high concentration of oxalic acid).
Pair starfruit with lime juice and other sweet fruits, or use it as a replacement for apples or pears in your favorite juice recipe.
Note: when juicing softer fruits, cut them up into chunks. Alternate these chunks with harder fruits or vegetables, like celery, apples, carrots, or kale—this helps to push the soft fruit through.
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