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A herbal juice – a tonic to drink upon rise

27th March 2017
Anthia Koullouros

This is Part Six of an ongoing series called What To Drink Upon Rise?

Last week we covered Lemon in Water and the previous weeks…  Apple Cider VinegarHerbal TeasFermented Foods and Digestive Bitter Tonics

Breakfast beverages are consumed upon rise and offer various health benefits. They aid digestion and absorption, stimulate a healthy bowel motion, cleanse the bowels, offer nutrition and probiotics, healing properties and so on… Each week I will outline the different types of breakfast beverages and how they help your health.

A HERBAL JUICE

..is brimming with goodness. Adding fresh and dried herbs & spices adds extra health benefits. Hydrating, nutritious, an excellent tonic to drink upon rise.

INGREDIENTS

• 2/3 organic, seasonal Vegetables of choice e.g. carrot, beetroot, cucumber, celery, zucchini

• 1/3 organic, seasonal Fruit of choice e.g. citrus, berries, papaya, paw paw, pear, pineapple

• Fresh organic, Herbs, a handful. Choose one or a few  that you love e.g. mint, basil, coriander, parsley, oregano, dill, fennel fronds, garlic, ginger, chili…

• Dried organic, Herbs & Spices, to aid digestion and warming during the cooler months. Add a sprinkle or 1/2 teaspoon of one or a few e.g. turmeric, ginger, chili, black pepper, marjoram, cinnamon, vanilla, stevia, nutmeg…..

• A squeeze of lemon and lime, juice and zest will stimulate bile flow to help emulsify fats and has a cleansing effect on the liver.

• Spring or filtered water is added to get the juice going in your blender.

• Optional extra: organic Spirulina or Chlorella powder, 1/2- 1 teaspoon or as directed, for extra nutrition and cleansing effects.

METHOD

Blend juice and enjoy!

BLENDS WE LOVE

• Cucumber + Celery + Kiwi + Green Apple + Lime juice & zest + Fennel fronds + Mint + Spirulina + Ginger

• Carrot + Orange + Lemon juice & zest + Parsley + Black pepper + Turmeric + Garlic

• Beetroot + Berries + Basil + Lime juice & zest + Spirulina

A NOTE ON GREENS & OTHER VEGETABLES:

  • Spinach, chard, silver beet and beet leaves contain oxalates which bind to iron. Cooking inactivates them to some degree. Best avoid raw in a juice if you are iron deficient.
  • Goitrogens are found in the Brassica family. They interfere with your ability to absorb iodine, a very important element for the function of your thyroid gland. They include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, choy sum, kale, Brussel sprouts and turnip. Cooking inactivates them to some degree. If you are not deficient add to your favourite juice.
  • The Brassica family can cause bloating and wind. If you suffer with gut issues best consume as cooked vegetables.