Warm Up Your Winter Green Juice

Warm Up Your Winter Green JuiceEven the most intense juicers experience moments of hesitation during these cold (or just plain long) winter months. There’s something about getting up when it’s still dark outside that doesn’t scream “Let’s all drink cold liquid vegetables!” When you’re picking soups over salads, and your hands are too cold to unlock the front door, how do you stay motivated to juice? You could try heating up your green juice, but, um, good luck with that.

The answer is surprisingly simple: just add spice! Ingredients like ginger, jalapeño, cayenne, turmeric, and cinnamon will heat up your juice without actually heating it up. A morning green juice chock full of romaine might sound summery, but add a few inches of fresh ginger root–and bam! Warm tummy, happy juice-drinker.

Next time it’s too cold to put your feet on the floor, try one of these spiced-out recipes from two champion winter-weathering juice fiends. Feel free to plug in your space heater, too.

Warming Green Everything Juice (adapted from Brave Lil Juicer)

This recipe is for when you want to use up all the veggies in the fridge–or those days that you’re feeling a little queasy, and could use a really varied spectrum of nutrition. Makes 2 big glasses.

1/2 cucumber
1/2 bunch celery
1/2 head romaine
1/2 bunch kale
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
1/2 seeded jalapeño
1 pear
Lemon and lime to taste

Good Root Winter Warming Juice (by Julie Morris)

Feeling experimental? Bet you’ve never juiced parsnips and turmeric root before–but maybe today’s your day. This juice is full of winter root vegetables, so if you’re concerned about eating seasonally, this one’s for you. Turmeric has enough health benefits for another post, but in brief, it’s a liver detoxifier, may prevent many forms of cancer, is anti-inflammatory, is a natural painkiller, and has long been used in Chinese medicine to treat depression.

4 parsnips
2 apples
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
1 inch fresh turmeric root, peeled
dash nutmeg

Juice all ingredients except the nutmeg. Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg.

photo credit: By Michelle Reaves.Chellereaves at en.wikipedia [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], from Wikimedia Commons

 

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