I don’t know where you’re living these days, but here in the Midwest, it is not getting any warmer. I swear I saw snow flurries the other day. Whatever the weather, a little heat is never a bad thing, whether it comes from a ray of bright sunshine, a kiss from a certain someone, or a glass of juice that packs a punch.
Don’t be afraid to spice up your juice with one of the following hot hot hot ingredients. A little heat wakes you up and makes your skin glow. Plus, spicy foods increase your body’s production of feel-good hormones like serotonin! Just what you need on an unseasonably cold day.
Toss a slick green jalapeno pepper through your juicer–who needs coffee when you have this kind of heat? Pairs especially well with pineapple, cilantro, and mango, but will lend any juice a much-needed kick. (Psst–feeling bold? Try this with a serrano or habanero pepper, too. But be warned–they’re much hotter.)
You may be in the habit of using a half-inch of fresh ginger each time you juice, but have you ever tried something really gingery? It’s hot! This time, really amp up your ginger serving–try 3 or 4 inches of fresh ginger root–until you can taste the heat.
The capsaicin in cayenne will literally boost your mood! It pairs nicely with carrot, so next time you make a carrot-heavy juice, sprinkle cayenne on top. Stir, taste, and add more cayenne if you can handle it. Great for head colds and sore throats.
Fresh turmeric root
If you can find fresh turmeric (it looks like ginger root, but it’s bright orange inside), snag some right away–it’s full of amazing health benefits. Turmeric is one of the staples of ayurvedic medicine, and it’s an anti-inflammatory cancer-fighter that lowers cholesterol, helps regulate blood sugar, and relieves joint pain. Throw 2 inches of peeled fresh turmeric into your juicer along with some carrots and oranges for a bright-orange extravaganza of spice and health.
photo attribute: Ashley Nummerdor