While food shopping at Hannaford the other day, I decided to grab an issue of fresh, the grocery store's publication. It's filled with all kinds of healthy eating tips, articles and recipes. Gracing the cover was the eye-catching simplicity of summery fruit slushies and headlines urging me to check out tons of scrumptious recipes.
Did I ever.
Their carrot-ginger-peach juice caught my attention and I got to it. In no time at all, I was enjoying the delicious orange drink, a sure way to fight cancers and improve overall health. Not to mention it consists only of natural foods, so you don't have to worry about throwing your weight loss (or maintenance) goals off track with added sugars and unhealthy extras.
It's the perfect health pick-me-up that also tastes great: it has a subtle sweetness with a hint of ginger and lemon kick.
Making this juice is simple, thanks to the fact that it only includes a few, common ingredients. No need to go on a mad search to several different stores to find what's needed; they're probably already right in the kitchen!
Slice the carrots, peaches, bell pepper, apple, ginger, and lemon.
Health Benefits of the Carrot-Ginger-Peach Juice
Carrots are brimming with phytonutrient and traditional antioxidants, including beta-carotene and vitamin C, both of which work together to deliver whole body benefits.(1) According to one of my favorite sites, The World's Healthiest Foods, "The synergistic effect of carrot antioxidants is a great example of a whole food and its uniqueness as a source of nourishment."(1) And we all know that antioxidants play a huge role in fighting off those nasty free radicals that can accumulate in the body and throw it out of whack.
Consumption of them does wonders to boost heart health, fight cancers (especially colon and lower digestive tract), improve vision and provide overall protection.(1) Not bad, right?
Ginger, which has been my latest kitchen must-have, has a long list of health benefits. It's heralded as a great way to fight cancers such as colorectal and ovarian, ease menstrual cramps, maintain bone health, keep colds at bay, help with detoxification, and *wink wink* aid in boosting sexual activity due to its ability to increase blood-flow.(2)
One large peach has about 68 calories, making it a sweet treat that's perfect for those keeping an eye on their weight.(3) Furthermore, they too, are rich in antioxidants that combat inflammation and fight cancers. Their antioxidants even help slow the aging process. What a great bonus! Peaches are also filled with minerals that are necessary for proper functioning of the nervous system, red blood cells and bones.(3)
Drink up happiness and health today!
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Jennifer Lea Reynolds
Jennifer Lea Reynolds is a weight loss success story who enjoys living a healthy lifestyle. A fan of the elliptical, roasted asparagus and remembering to put the lid on the blender, she’s appeared in many national and local print publications. She lives in New England where she writes professionally about health and wellness in online publications including U.S. News & World Report, Reader's Digest, Woman's Day, The Huffington Post, and more.