Grapefruit is one of those fruits that tends to get forgotten, probably because of its tart qualities. But, I’ve been craving grapefruit like no other! Maybe it’s because the seasons are technically changing, or maybe it’s because I’m living in Fayetteville, North Carolina where it’s summer pretty much all year round. I’ve never craved grapefruit like this before, like ever…
HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED
(Makes 2-4 shots)
* 4 Large Carrots (or 6 medium carrots) peeled.
* 1/8 of a grapefruit (probably equivalent to a slice). You don’t want to overpower the juice (unless you want to)! A little bit of grapefruit goes a long way! Just put the whole slice in! The juicer will separate everything out.
* 1/2 to 3/4 square inches of fresh ginger root (more or less if you’d like)
Pop it into your juicer and watch the magic! Pour it into your favorite cold glass or add some ice cubes. It’s also great to add to cold spritzer water.
DRINK UP! IT’S THAT SIMPLE!
Consume it within 24 hours for guaranteed fresh taste. Yummy, yummy!
Want to turn this into a healthy (as healthy as it’s going to get) alcoholic drink?
(21+ and up only, please)
*Add to your favorite white sparkling champagne.
*Or splash your juice in some vodka, rum, moonshine (yum), or gin and chill it.
GRAPEFRUIT HEALTH BENEFITS
Grapefruit is one of those fruits that cools you off. It reenergizes you and is packed with vitamin C. Studies have shown that incorporating grapefruit in your routine diet can help reduce the symptoms of arthritis and inflammation. Did you know grapefruits are packed with lycopene (a term you may be familiar regarding tomatoes)? Yeppers, lycopene is a strong antioxidant that helps fight off free radicals, thereby helping reduce damage to your cells. Lycopene also possesses cancer-fighting/cancer preventing properties. According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, grapefruit can also help lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and reduce triglycerides due to the pectin (soluble fiber) it contains.
CARROT HEALTH BENEFITS
Our body LOVES beta-carotene which carrots are packed with. When digested, beta-carotene turns into retinol (vitamin A) which is essential for keeping our vision and eyes working well. It also helps support a strong immune system and promotes skin health.
Because carrots also contain antioxidants, this means it’s a fantastic food for cardiovascular health! It’s also low in calories and great for weight loss.
GINGER HEALTH BENEFITS
Ginger has enormous health benefits! This is one of those medicinal foods I recommend people to consume on a regular basis. It has healthy digestive, detox, anti-cancer (thanks to the gingerols), anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps in reducing nausea and vomiting and boosts your immune system.
LOOKING FOR AN AFFORDABLE JUICER?
You don’t need to buy anything fancy. I have a version of this Black and Decker Juicer. Like any juicer or blender, make sure you clean your juicer immediately after use or gunk can get all dried up in it.
Also, here’s a nice breakdown of the best juicers (especially for your buck) with valuable information and education on how juicers work – and insightful tips about juicing in general.
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