Colourful Fun Juice

This is a precious cocktail of antioxidants, high in vitamins A and C particularly useful to supplement, naturally when possible, during the winter months.

However, sometimes a healthy juice is not enough. When it comes to kids, well to my daughter, it has to look good too!

Colourful food can be very appealing.

Photo Credit: siQuri.com

 

 

So here’s the deal, I give her that element of fun + colour + amazing taste and I get a healthy + happy girl= happy mum! Yey 🙂

Dedicated to all the fussy little eaters out there.

With Love ♥

 

Ingredients

1 apple, quartered
1 pear, cut into chunks
1 small red beet, quartered
4 medium carrots
2 teaspoons elderberry syrup (find recipe and the amazing nutritional benefits here)

Method

Add the ingredients, except the elderberry syrup, gradually, to the extractor, leaving the carrots last. In this way the carrots will help to push out the fibres accumulated in the extractor, thus facilitating the cleaning. When the juice is ready, add the elderberry syrup, mix well and consume the fresh juice immediately.

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS AND LINKS TO STUDIES

APPLES

Apples are rich in fibre called pectin. Pectin is classified as soluble, fermentable and viscous fibre, rich in health benefits.

Neurological Health Benefits

A study published in the Journal of Food Science in 2008 found that eating this fruit can have neurological benefits [Link to scientific study].

Apples are extremely rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fibre and they can help with detoxification, thanks to the high content of quercetin, an antioxidant that acts as a natural anti-histamine and can help stimulate and strengthen the immune system, especially during periods of stress.

PEARS

Pears have a high content of fibre, vitamin C, antioxidants and essential substances for the health of our bones such as vitamin K and boron.

Boron is important because it helps maintain strong bones, improves bone mineral density and improves muscle mass.

 

CARROTS

Carrots provide high vitamin A content and a number of other beneficial health benefits, particularly for the skin, the prevention of certain cancers and even acts as a natural anti-aging.

Benefits to the eyes

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene that converts into vitamin A in our liver.

Vitamin A, also known as “retinol”, acts on the retina and its deficiency can cause visual disturbances and reduced night vision.[Link to scientific study]

Studies on beta-carotene have been performed on the protection against macular degeneration and senile cataracts.

Anti-tumour benefits

Some studies have shown that carrots reduce the risk of lung, breast and colon cancer.

Falcarinol is a natural pesticide produced by the carrot that serves to protect its roots from fungal diseases. One study observed a reduced risk of cancer in rats that consume carrots, thanks to this element [Link to scientific study].

Betacarotene has also been associated with a protective and anti-tumour effect for the ovaries.[Link to scientific study]

 

 

ELDERBERRIES

This fruit is a true medicine that has been used for thousands of years because of its powerful healing properties Today’s medicine is also starting to rediscover the benefits of this plant:

“Elderberry extract seems to offer an efficient, safe and cost-effective treatment for influenza.”[Link to scientific study]

Other studies confirm that elderberries contain a flavonoid called anthocyanin, which has immune supporting properties. [Link to scientific study]

And in this study[Link to scientific study], researchers found that patients with flu symptoms who received elderberry syrup recovered about four days sooner than those who received a placebo.