Winter juicing for get up and go
By Rebecca Mullins
Winter is the season of stillness and clarity, and living in the colder Northern Ontario climate, our bodies tend to slow down as the days become shorter and frostier. To prevent winter weariness and keep a healthy glow in your cheeks, there is a simple solution: keep your juicer on the countertop the whole season through - and use it now more than ever! (And - if you don't have a juicer yet, this is the perfect time to add one to your Christmas wish list!)
Many people find it difficult to meet the recommended daily intake of five to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables, especially in the wintertime. One of the easiest, most effective and delicious ways to boost your immune system, improve your digestion and elimination, and generally maintain your health is by consuming the vital nutrients (including enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) found in freshly made juices.
It's so easy to adapt juice recipes to the winter season. Apples, pears and cranberries have just been collected during the autumn harvest. Sustaining root vegetables like carrots and beets are also in abundance. Hearty long-lasting greens such as cabbage and kale are nutrient-packed and wonderful for juicing. Combine fruits and vegetables – the blends are endless and only limited by your personal taste. You can also add fresh or dried herbs to enhance the healing and cleansing properties of your favourite juices. Be creative and add some wintery-warming ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and/or nutmeg to any juice combination. You can also add immune-boosting supplements such as spirulina, hemp protein powder, ginseng honey, bee pollen or apple cider vinegar.