Juice of the Month: Morning Sunrise Berry

8 Feb

So let’s begin with the first EVER juicing recipe – on this blog, of course 😁. I recommend you make your juices the night before, as grabbing and going is so much easier than doing it every day. Try making a big batch in a juicer or blender and then storing in individual containers for the week or at least the next 2 days.

The “Morning Sunrise Berry Juice” has so many benefits upon waking up and getting ready to go to work/school. I like to get a bag of tangerines (cuties, halos, whatever you know them as) because it makes more sense than just buying a few big oranges.

Tangerines have vitamin B and are a good source of folate. Folic acid is usually taken by pregnant woman to help the baby develop strong bones and prevent diseases. If it’s good for the baby, it’s good for you. Coming from someone whose mom never took folic acid, I’m making up for it now. Note: If you are lacking the berries in this recipe, use 2 tangerines or 1 big orange to make sure you’re getting a good source of nutrients.

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Let’s talk about the benefits of berries. I like the mixed frozen berries from publix, they’re just so much easier than buying a pack individually and them rotting on me in less than a week. If you can afford whole foods all the time, then by all means purchase your fruits and veggies there. I have a less strict view on that. Sorry to my hardcore organic food lovers!

Berries, especially blueberries, are good for the neurological system in that it prevents Alzheimer’s and promotes mental sharpness. Don’t you want to be mentally sharp in the morning instead of putting on your pants inside out with one eye open and 5 minutes to be out the door? Didn’t think so.

Raspberries give us antioxidants, prevent cancer and promotes diabetes management. The potassium in raspberries helps to prevent heart disease, or if you already have a heart condition, can help to prevent any possible complications you might have.

Blackberries are often hard to swallow and bear in my opinion. It’s the berry I most hate. So why even bother with them? Well they prove to be quite beneficial in that they have the highest antioxidants out of all of the other fruits! Blackberries reduce intestinal inflammation (helps those with IBD and IBS), keeps gums strong and promotes healthy body tissue. Note: Make sure to put the berries first in the blender or juicer with some water to break down the pieces better, because if you leave them last you’ll be chewing a good portion of your juice.

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Now you’ll see me add turmeric to practically all of my juice recipes because it has been said turmeric reduces inflammation, helps people with arthritis, fibromyalgia and autoimmune diseases such as lupus. The agent curcumin in turmeric promotes anti-inflammatory agents. The problem with turmeric is that it is very poorly absorbed into the bloodstream, therefore using it as an extract would be best. I use the powdered form 3 times a day, so I’m not going to worry too much about it.

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And here is your result! A delicious, on the go morning boosting juice! The entire juice is a great source of GOOD non-processed carbohydrates. If you need some sweetness, adding stevia is optional. I like to drink this juice on my way to my internship, after I’ve had a piece of toast and a hard boiled egg for breakfast at home. Try it out and see if you like it!

Until next month, happy juicing!

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