Not just for snacks, salads, roasting, stir frys or to be stuffed, but peppers are also great for juicing. Known by many names such as capsicum, sweet pepper, chili pepper and peppers, these bell shaped vegetables were cultivated more than 900 years ago in south and central America and were given the name pepper by the European colonisers of North America. They can grow easily in different types of climates and because of this are found almost all year, so great for winter juicing (this red pepper juice recipe totally rocks!) When you juice red peppers, you unlock all the valuable minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and phytochemicals into a form that is readily absorbed into your bloodstream. Peppers are chock full of nutrients that help build a healthy body, pack twice the vitamin C of their younger green brothers and nine times the vitamin A. They’re also a good source of vitamin K, E, B6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, potassium, manganese, and folate. All of these powers combined help promote healthy, younger looking skin by protecting the skin from damage-causing free radicals. Studies have also confirmed that peppers have cancer-fighting properties and can combat several different types including bladder, cervical, and prostate, now that’s what I call a superfood!

red pepper juice_LGRed Pepper Juice

  • x1 Red Pepper
  • x2 Pears
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 1/4 Fennel
  • 1/2 lime
  • knob of ginger
  • Sprinkle of happy thoughts

It’s important to juice with organic fruit and vegetables (even better if you can grow your own, be part of a shared allotment or can get food from your local farmers markets). In today’s society there is an enormous pressure of high population density necessitating the industrial production of foodstuffs and the production of foods containing unnatural substances. Nutritional value is getting lost and even added artificially to foods (why does everything seen to have ‘added iron’ or ‘added vitamin C’?), it’s important to understand labels and know where your food comes from than ever before. I think it is really important to move away from getting a quick bite to eat and we need to look at where our food comes from. I love colour and with juicing the same rules apply, I mean just check out the colour of this juice. You already know it tastes divine!

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