Now that I know how to feed my body the right things, I pride myself on having a really strong immune system. I couldn’t have achieved this without my many healthy juicing recipes – this Grapefruit & Strawberry Juice is one such recipe that happens to be bursting at the brim with vitamin C.
I can tell you for sure that my immune system has not always been strong and it has taken some redressing of my lifestyle habits to get it to where it is now. Yep, I was that pale child with the constant runny nose! However! I should clarify that about once a year (usually in January when I am run-down after Christmas and the weather is cold), the lurgy tries to get me like it is right now.
I do have to admit at this stage that I do have some slightly odd techniques for ridding myself of a cold. Like many, Echinacea is never far away, while I also like to have a daily shot of apple cider vinegar, which is an ingredient favoured by the likes of The Mayo Clinic for its immune boosting properties. However, with my apple cider vinegar, I also like to mix in some grated garlic, honey and lemon – yes, it does taste foul, but grin and bear it my friends, because it is an amazing cure! Then, finally, if I am feeling REALLY desperate, I suck on a clove of raw garlic! This is also foul and does nothing for the breath, but my Granny is right in her belief that it thoroughly knocks a sore throat on the head, as garlic is such a powerful antiseptic.
So once all of the foul bombardments are over, out come the grapefruit, strawberries and mint for what has to be the tastiest ever dose of alkaline vitamin C! One grapefruit typically contains around 73% of your RDA of vitamin C, so you can literally feel the immune boosting benefits seeping into your bones as you drink this number.
During my time working for Natasha Corrett at Honestly Healthy, I learnt a lot about eating the alkaline way. In general, the consumption of fruit is monitored – don’t get me wrong, it is certainly not banned, as fruit makes up a key area of a healthy diet – but when following an alkaline diet we would put more focus on eating fruits that are higher on the alkaline scale. These include:
You might be thinking to yourself, “Wait a minute, lemons are really acidic!” and you would be right. They are acidic when outside of the body; however, when they are digested, they become seriously alkaline. This is known as The Ash Effect.
So when you are feeling a bit under the weather, blitz this juice up and enjoy. AND… if you are not under the weather but like me, you like to prevent colds and bugs BEFORE getting them, then blitz it up again for an added shot of immunity for your body.
Oh, and by the way, this makes for a seriously beautiful juice in a jug if you are hosting a breakfast or a brunch – your guests will love the idea of homemade grapefruit juice.
- 2 pink grapefruit, halved and juiced
- 4-5 medium sized strawberries, top cut off and quartered
- 4 generous sprigs of mint, leaves removed from the stalk and roughly chopped
- ½ a cup (120ml) water or a generous handful of ice
- Add the grapefruit juice, strawberries, mint and water (or ice) to a blender and blitz until smooth. Mint leaves do not tend to break down so well in a blender but I like to have a little textural burst of mint here and there - looks pretty too!
- Drink immediately in a glass or serve for breakfast/brunch in a jug with a few slices of ginger added.