As we gradually move into the warmer months, outdoor markets are springing to life with whole foods! I love spring & summer fruits. So, here are the nutritional and juicing benefits of ten of my favorites:
APPLE contains beta-carotene, B vitamins, vitamin C and potassium, and as much as 5 grams of fiber (per apple). No need to peel or core for juicing. An ideal blend with most other fruits and vegetables, adding a natural sweetness.
CELERY is not a fruit but since it's a delightful addition to fruit juices, I had to include it. It benefits the complexion and maintains healthy blood pressure. For a nutritious, tasty juice, try celery with carrots and apples. A little goes a long way. Essential oil of celery can stimulate the uterus in pregnancy, but eating or juicing is safe.
ORANGE is loaded with vitamin C and is an excellent energy booster. Unless organic, always peel oranges (and other citrus fruits) before juicing since the skins tend to be waxed to preserve them.
BEETROOT is an extremely effective blood and kidney purifier. It is terrific when combined with other vegetables such as celery, carrots, spinach and cucumber. Wash the leafy tops and include them in fresh juices.
PINEAPPLE contains the enzyme bromelain which breaks down protein. Assists with sinus congestion, treat urinary tract infections, assist with sleeping problems, and is often used as an anti-inflammatory treatment for arthritis sufferers.
BANANAS are a rich source of potassium, an essential mineral for muscle and nerve function. This fiber-rich food contains natural sugars making the it perfect for smoothies or as a simple snack. Bananas contain trytophan, a protein that the body converts into serotonin which improves relaxation and mood. Unripe bananas can cause intestinal gas.
GRAPES are another excellent source of potassium. Red and black varieties contain vital antioxidants. Blend with pineapples juice before bedtime to induce sleep.
TOMATO is a useful source of vitamins C and E. When cooked, tomatoes yield high levels of lycopene which is believed to help fight against cardiovascular disease. Those with recurrent mouth ulcers and eczema should probably avoid tomatoes.
WATERMELON is high in potassium which helps maintain blood-pressure, as well as vitamin C and beta-carotene, both of which are powerful antioxidants. Watermelon's a high water content is believed to stimulate kidney function and lower the risk of developing kidney stones. Contains a high level of naturally-occuring sugars.
LEMON is a good palate and liver cleanser. It is powerful. so a little goes a long way. For a refreshing lemonade, juice 1 lemon with four apples. Yum! (Lemon is great for cleaning everything from cutting boards to furniture to!)