Summer is finally here in Melbourne! Yay! That calls for light and delicious detox juices and smoothies with loads of goodies in! Juice cleanses are all the rage now – and rightly so. There is just no better way to reboot your digestive system, reset your tastebuds and alkalise your body than one to three days of light soups, smoothies and juices. Unfortunately, commercial juice cleanses are pretty dear, so if you can have your own little juice cleanse, why not? The few minutes of extra work are worth the extra dollars in your bank account, I think! And even if you don’t need or want a complete cleanse, this spicy detox juice is just the right thing to enjoy on a warm and sunny afternoon on your balcony, or to rehydrate after your workout.
It’s a great way of getting a considerable part of your daily serve of fruit and veg in even if you don’t feel like eating much. Turmeric, chili, cayenne and ginger fire up your digestive system and your circulation while mint and cucumber provide coolness on a hot day. This cocktail is brimming with vitamins, fibre, and antioxidants, a great anti-ageing potion and helps your body to flush out toxins. I love it on its own, but it also goes well with light, summery fare.
Spicy Detox Juice
1 small apple, cored and cubed
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup filtered or coconut water
a handful of ice cubes
half a cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup grated carrot
handfull of kale
1 tsp of barley grass or your favourite greens powder (optional)
a pinch each of turmeric, cayenne, chili and ginger
Blitz all ingredients in a high-powered blender and…