By Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND
When you’re feeling cold, the last thing you might want is to drink a cold green juice. Many Rebooters have voiced this concern, and I’m sure many more have felt it, as I know I have!
Drinking cold juice in the winter can be difficult. Here are some tips on how to maximize your juices in winter so they are warming rather than cooling to enjoy the benefits of a Reboot or a daily juice in the cooler months. One of my favorite warming juices is this Spiced Apple and Carrot Juice, with turmeric and ginger.
Add Fresh Spices
Adding fresh ginger, turmeric, jalapenos, garlic and even chilli peppers can be a fast and effective way to spice up your juice and warm you up. Ginger and chilli are well known circulatory stimulant spices and have been used traditionally to increase blood flow to the torso and extremities and can help to warm up the blood and tissues in the body. Start slow if you’re not use to these hot ingredients in juice.
Add Dried Spices
Mixing some dried spices into your juices can be a great way to enjoy a juice that not only tastes delicious but adds warming aspects. Try dried ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and/or any other warming spice.
Juicing room temperature fruits and vegetables that have been left out of the fridge can be helpful to keep your juices from feeling too cold. Avoid taking produce straight out of the fridge. You can also put your glass of juice in a bowl of warm/hot water to increase the temperature slightly so it’s not as cold.
Warming Broths & Teas
Enjoying soups and broths can be a great way to warm up while juicing or just for those extra cold days. You can also enjoy spices in your broths or soups to enjoy for extra flavor. Drinking a warm tea before your juice can also be helpful. Try ginger-spiced tea, chia tea, cinnamon tea, cardamom or even hot lemon with ginger to improve circulation and keep the body warm.
Sometimes, a pair of extra thick socks and underclothes can help to keep the body warmer. If our core is warmer, we are more likely to enjoy our juice.
Movement can warm the body and get you craving a juice in the colder months. Juices can provide much needed electrolytes, hydration and an energy boost. While we feel warm and thirsty, we are more likely to enjoy our juice.
It doesn’t have to be green, juiced carrot, beets, apples, rhubarb, sweet potatoes and even winter squash are great to juice in the winter to provide many of the nutrients that support immune health and to enjoy seasonal produce.