Celebrating Cinco de Mayo usually involves pitchers of margaritas, baskets of fried tortilla chips and excessive amounts of cheese. Not that there’s anything wrong with saluting the holiday this way, but there are ‘cleaner’ options too! Namely, my recipe for Mexican Fiesta Juice… and yes, it’s a party in your mouth. The two stars of this concoction are jalapeño and cilantro – two items you wouldn’t typically think of passing down the chute of your juicer. But hear me out…
Jalapeños, with their vibrant waxy skin and super spicy seeds, offer a smorgasbord of health benefits for your bod. If you suffer from bad headaches or migranes, then this juice is for you. Capsaicin, the chemical that makes jalapeños hot, has been shown to block Substance P, a neuropeptide in the brain that transmits pain. This ability to block inflammation in the body means that the little pepper is also great for those suffering from arthritis, psoriasis, and diabetic neuropathy.
Not fully impressed yet? Then prepare to have your mind blown because jalapeños are also high in Vitamin A and C and have been shown to dissolve fibrin, a material that blood clots need in order to form. Who knew, right?!
The other star of my Mexican Fiesta Juice is cilantro… scientific studies have shown that there is genetic link to liking the taste of cilantro or being repulsed by it. If you fall in the latter camp, then this recipe isn’t for you. BUT, if you’re a fan of this green herb, then you’ll appreciate knowing that cilantro contains chemical compounds that bind to heavy metals your tissues to remove them from the body. This is especially beneficial if you live in a big city or are exposed to heavy metals like mercury on a regular basis. Additionally, there’s evidence that cilantro may aide in the prevention of cardiovascular damage and contains numerous beneficial antioxidants. Yay, cilantro!
5-7 Large Kale leaves
2 Green apples
1/2 Jalapeño – with the seeds and ribs removed (if you’re not afraid of spice, then you can leave the pepper in tact)
1 Large bunch of cilantro
Process all of the ingredients through your juicer. If using a centrifugal juicer, roll the cilantro into a tight bundle to get the most flavor and juice out of the leaves and stems.
Serve up this cleansing, spicy green juice in a clear glass and if you’re feeling extra festive, drop in a little paper umbrella and say “¡hola!” to the official start of Spring and Summer.
Photo credit: Jeffrey Collingwood