There was a time when I was on a routine of juicing regularly. I bought myself a Jack Lalanne Juicer and I went to town with making all kinds of concoctions.
They were delicious and I did feel better when I would consume. But one thing I found out was that I was mostly attracted to recipes that had an abundance of fruits and less vegetables.
Now don't get me wrong, fruit is healthy. It all depends on your dietary needs. For someone, who needs quick energy before a workout, the carbohydrates in a natural fruit juice may help an athlete get these nutrients quickly before going hard at the gym to train.
However, for others who may need to be more cautious or limit carbohydrates (even from fruit) for dietary reasons but still wants to enjoy juicing every now and then, this is when one has to be mindful of what they juice.
Juicing is beneficial in the fact that you can consume a large amount of fruits and vegetables where you can get these nutrients into your body quickly. Even with a healthy diet, one cannot consume an overabundance in a day at every meal.
Another benefit of juicing is that it can reduce your appetite. This is a wonderful benefit for those who are concerned with eating too much junk food. It actually helps to reduce these type of cravings.
So this post is about the benefits of juicing red bell peppers. Although technically it is still considered a fruit because it contains seeds, (I like to call vegetables with seeds savory fruit) It is a nutritional powerhouse as it contains lycopene (which may help in cancer prevention.)
Red peppers are also naturally high in antioxidants and can also assist in reducing inflammation in the body.
When juicing, you can keep it simple with trying my recipe of Red Pepper & Carrot Juice. Both are considered vegetables but are naturally sweet, but lower in carbohydrates than with some fruit. I used a commercial sized Rob coupé juicer, but a regular juicer will work also.
If you have no juicer, but just have a blender, you can still juice. All you have to do, is place all of your juice ingredients into a blender with a little water to mix and then strain through a nut bag (available on Amazon.)
When juicing, if you can afford it, buy organic produce when possible. If this is a challenge or your budget won't allow at times, make sure to wash produce thoroughly.
In my instance, my carrots are not organic, so I peeled mine before juicing to reduce the chance of pesticides in my finished juice.
For another flavor enhancer, I added a half of a lime that is peeled before adding to the juicer, but get creative with other healthy additions such as ginger or fresh turmeric.
The good thing about red peppers is their availability of getting them year round and if you do some comparison shopping they can be affordable to consume on a regular basis.
I hope you give this simple juice a try at home. I think its a winner, but would love to know if this is something you could enjoy regularly.
Eat Good! Look Good! Feel Good!
Vanessa LaBranche/Chef Instructor-Culinary Educator