6/24/2015

Nourishing Summer Juice

Ashley_Neese8The first time I created this juice combination I knew I had a winner! The bright color of this juice says it all. It’s loaded with countless phytonutrients that are deeply mineralizing and it is a serious blood builder and mood stabilizer. My Nourishing Summer Juice also works wonders to reduce thirst, curb sugar cravings and wake up the mind. Today we’re going to dive deep into the benefits of these humble foods that are accessible much of the year.

Now that we are officially in the summer season I thought it was time to introduce a new juice recipe. Summer is an ideal time to drink your veggies, especially on days when it’s just too hot to think about turning on the oven. Fresh juices are a rich source of vitamins and minerals and are great to enjoy as a snack.

While I love my green juices just as much as the next girl, these days I am into juicing heartier veggies that aren’t so astringent to the body. This juice is mildly cleansing and detoxifying but is more satisfying than a green juice because of the high levels of carbohydrates.

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Ashley_Neese2This is a favorite juice to recommend to my pregnant and nursing clients because it is so healing and restorative to the body. I also suggest it to women during their ovulatory phase because the high antioxidant content is excellent for supporting ovaries to create healthy eggs. Nourishing Summer Juice helps reduce sugar cravings and relieve premenstrual symptoms during the luteal cycle phase. Often times women crave sugar during the luteal phase and enjoying a sweet and nutrient boosting juice is far better for the body than snacking on cookies or ice cream.

Sweet potatoes help stabilize blood sugar and are considered one of the most nutritious vegetables. In Chinese medicine they help to tonify the blood, add moisture to dryness and are great when you are thirsty. They are super high in vitamins A and C. I love them in juices for all of their benefits but if you have a weak digestion it is best to enjoy them cooked.

If you haven’t juiced a sweet bell pepper before you are in for a treat. These gorgeous vegetables are are warming and very supportive for the stomach and circulation. Sweet bell peppers are an amazing source of vitamins C, K and B6.

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Ashley_Neese3Apples are a cooling food that revitalize the heart and help release toxins from the body. They are more easily digested than most fruits because they contain malic and taric acid which prevent them from fermenting in the gut. If you find yourself gassy after eating fruit fermentation is often the reason. Like sweet potatoes apples add moisture to the body from the inside out which keeps you hydrated. Apples are also high in antioxidants and a great source of pectin (what is used to hold jelly together) which is beneficial to our GI tract

Carrots are one of the most common vegetables and are also have super potent medicinal qualities. They are cooling in nature and help to clear heat, remove toxins and even keep our energy flowing well. In Chinese medicine they support almost all body systems and are considered a chi, or life force energy tonic. And here you were thinking carrots are only good for your eyes right? Carrots are naturally sweet and help to stabilize blood sugar, reduce cravings for sweets and support a healthy digestive tract. The nutrients in carrots are close to the skin so don’t peel them!

Adding lemon and ginger to fresh juices is a must. Ginger aids in digestion, is an super powered anti-inflammatory and adds a boost of warmth which is good for folks that tend to feel cold when they drink juices.

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Nourishing Summer Juice

Serves 2

Ingredients //

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 yellow bell peppers
  • 2 red apples
  • 1 large bunch of carrots
  • 2 inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

 

Method //

Chop the sweet potatoes, peppers, apples and carrots so they are the right size for your juicer. Peel the ginger.

Run all veggies and fruit through your juicer except the lemon. Squeeze in the lemon juice at the end.

Pour into two glasses and serve.

Juice will keep 3 days in an airtight glass jar in the fridge.

 

Photos by Asami Zenri

Comments

  • Cassandra

    Looks delicious! I had no idea you could eat sweet potatoes raw!

    • ashley

      Hey Cassandra! Thanks for stopping by and spreading the love. Sweet potatoes can be juiced! I don’t recommend eating them raw otherwise, too hard to digest ;) Enjoy! xoa

  • Ashley Wood

    This juice sounds so delicious and the photos are absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing xoxox

    • ashley

      Thank you beauty! Your trip looked epic! Really happy for you. xoa

  • Julia

    This looks absolutely gorgeous as always, Ashley. Is there any way to work with this recipe if I don’t have a juicer? Blend it in a Vitamix and then strain it through a nut bag maybe? What do you recommend? Thanks a lot, xo

    • ashley

      Hi Julia, it is great to hear from you! Yes, that is exactly what I would recommend. Please give it a try and let me know how it turns out. I feel like you really can’t go wrong juicing in a Vitamix ;) Happiest evening to you. xoa

  • Christine

    Oh this sounds so delicious! And I love how you share information about the benefits for these nutrients in specific times of one’s cycle – you have such a wealth of knowledge and I love learning from you!

    • ashley

      Hello dear! Thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate you taking the time to write. Eating in sync with our cycles is deeply healing. I’m working on a series of posts about this, more to come! Lots of love. xoa

  • Sarah

    This juice sounds so refreshing. I’ve been meaning the try sweet potatoes in a juice! Ashley, where did you find the ceramic cups pictured in this post? They’re gorgeous.

    • ashley

      Thanks Sarah! You will love this juice! They are from Individual Medley in Los Angeles. Have a great night! xoa

  • julia

    Yay! I’m happy to report that blending and straining has worked out nicely. The juice is delicious, ashley. Thanks for sharing!

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