Since I am currently on the Big New Year’s Reboot and only drinking juice this week, I’m needing to find other ways to stay warm in these bitter cold temperatures. Typically I’m having soup for lunch and dinner but since soup isn’t really on my plan this week, I’ve decided to approach things a little differently…with my imagination. If I make a juice that I can envision me drinking on the beaches of the Caribbean, will that warm me up? I tried it out last night, and it was a tropical success. The combination of pineapple and mint brought me right to the beach. I also haven’t had much pineapple in my juices this week so it was nice to get those nutritional benefits — it’s great for improving digestion; a good source of potassium, vitamin C and iron. It also contains anti-inflammatory compounds that may help ease arthritis, prevent some types of cancer, atherosclerosis and it may also help to prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases due to its ability to inhibit Fibrinogen, the chemical that can cause the abnormal blood clotting that underlies most cardiovascular diseases. Sign me up for more pineapple!
If you’re one of the lucky ones (our southern hemisphere friends!) who are enjoying moderately warm temperatures, well let’s just say I wish I were you because you can actually enjoy this juice on a beach or even in the warm sunshine in your backyard!
- 1/2 pineapple
- 1 cucumber
- 1 large handful of mint
- 1 in (2.5 cm) piece of fresh ginger root
- Wash all ingredients.
- Remove rind from pineapple. (Optional).
- Add all ingredients through juicer.
- Serve in a glass, top with mint and take yourself to the tropics.
- Nutrition per serving:
Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.