f you’re lucky enough to be able to source fresh turmeric, this green juice recipe offers an almost sherbet like zing. I’ve made a number of green juices which are quite difficult to drink so I wanted a green juice recipe which was as delicious as it is healthy. Adding fresh organic lemon or lime to your green juices can help with the taste and boost the vitamin content. Apples and pears add sweetness and the zing from the fresh turmeric and the ginger adds both spice and boosts the health benefits of the juice.
Are juices better than smoothies?
One of the most common needs we have is to up our consumption of plant foods – especially green leafy vegetables. Juicing is a great way to pack in plenty of vitamins, minerals and plant nutrients and if you know you need extra support you can combine with having lots of lovely veggies on your plate, the best of both worlds.
Top tip: Make your juices more savoury than sweet. Juicing extracts the fibre which may be beneficial for those who struggle or react to fibre. If you juice mostly fruit you may be at risk of upping your blood sugar too quickly so make sure you have only the sweetness you need to balance the flavour of the veggies.
If you need more fibre in your diet you may prefer to try the Wildfare raspberry smoothie recipe
Ginger is a valuable anti-nausea remedy as well as a popular immune-booster. It contains antioxidant compounds and is revered as an anti-inflammatory. It’s well worth having a batch of ginger juice to hand during cold and flu season as well as in early pregnancy as a remedy for morning sickness.
Turmeric has a deep golden yellow colour and will dye everything it touches.
I recommend putting this through the juicer first to ensure you get the most from this booster and protect your surfaces from drips and spills. Turmeric contains curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory which has been rigorously tested and shown to be comparable to a number of pharmacological drugs in trials.
Use organic fruit and veg
I would recommend you use only organic fruit and vegetables in your juices if that option is available to you. There are a number of vegbox schemes and community farms which offer organic at very economical prices. You are taking in a nutrient dense juice which extracts all the vitamins and minerals from the fresh produce and there will be no pesticides or herbicides to pollute your vibrant juice.
Green leafy vegetables – approximately 2 large bunches of kale, organic spring greens, cabbage. Try mixing varieties and look for vibrant colours.
A thumb of fresh ginger and / or fresh turmeric if you can find it
Half a lemon or lime
A dash of fizzy water to finish (this is optional but adds a lovely fresh sherbet-like zing)