Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween raw pumpkin juice

Since I’m still playing around with different juice combinations, I thought it would be fun to create one specifically for this time of the year. When I think of autumn I think of coloured leaves, Halloween, crisp & cold days, chai lattes and of course pumpkins. So inspired by this all, I decided to create a juice with the star ingredient being pumpkin. You might not feel like drinking a freshly cold pressed juice during fall, but this recipe is very fall-proof and really delicious.
Happy Halloween raw pumpkin juice
You only need four ingredients for this juice, and you might have them lying around in your kitchen already! This recipe makes one big glass of juice. 

What you'll need
- 2 normal apples or 5 small apples
- 3 big slices of pumpkin (4 handfulls)
- 1 piece of ginger 
- a pinch of cinnamon
- essential: a juicer, I use my Versapers slow juicer (this recipe won't work with a regular blender, you really need a juicer which separates the juice from the pulp)

Happy Halloween raw pumpkin juice

How to make it

Start by juicing the pieces of pumpkin. I kept the pumpkin pulp so I could later add it to my banana bread. I used this recipe from Donna Hay and simply added the pumpkin pulp as an extra. A tip from me: if you want to use the pulp of a certain vegetable/fruit, I always juice it first and put it apart so the pulp doesn't get mixed up with the other pulp. 
Next up, juice the apples and ginger. I used less ginger than you can see in the picture above, I think three pieces. When the juicing is done, add a pinch of cinnamon, stir well, pour in a nice glass and dust some extra cinnamon on top.

Happy Halloween raw pumpkin juice

Now this combination wasn't chosen randomly. I chose seasonal fruit & veg which is at the same time really nutritious and full of vitamins and antioxidants. So while you're getting your portion of fruit & veg, you're at the same time preventing a potential cold and helping your immune system. Here's the breakdown: 

Apple || antioxidants, dietary fiber, flavanoids, phytonutrients
Pumpkin || beta-carotene = vitamin A, vitamin C (good for the immune system), potassium (more than bananas!) 
Cinnamon || anti-inflammatory, lowers blood sugar levels, fights bacterial infections
Ginger || aids digestion, anti-inflammatory, energy booster  

Happy Halloween raw pumpkin juice

The pumpkin makes the juice really creamy and smooth, so in combination with the cinnamon and the ginger kick it's really perfect for autumn! A surprising combination, really different than the juices I usually make. So delicious though, try it!

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