|For 30 oz / 900 ml|
|1||medium sized pumpkin|
|2||leaves||savoy cabbage or kale|
|1||knob||turmeric or ginger|
Cut the pumpkin and remove the rind. I use a juicer with a fairly large chute so I can be generous with the slices.
Remove a couple of leaves of savoy cabbage. You can add them to taste. Do note, however, that they have a strong flavor do be careful when you first juice them. I recommend you rotate the cabbage with other more juicy produce so get more yield out the the leafy greens.
Pumpkin juice is delicious. It has a nice, sweet and frothy taste. It almost tastes like a sweet treat. Usually, I don’t add anything else – just drink it like it is. For this recipe however, I have added some greens to the mix to make it even more healthy and it still is delicious. But here comes the best part: we’re not only going to create pumpkin juice – no!
We’ll use the pulp to create an amazing hummus where I’ll add garlic, some lemon zest, chick peas, coriander and blend everything together into a hummus that you can use as a beautiful side dish for a party, or just for you to enjoy while eating some crackers and watching Game of Thrones.
Did you know that pumpkin is technically a fruit but they are consumed more like vegetables? Pumpkin juice has some incredible health benefits. It contains a plethora of anti-inflammatory nutrients such as Omega 3 and beta-carotene. If you want to boost your immune system this juice is absolutely the best. Also, pumpkin is high in vitamin A and C which are crucial antioxidants. They promote optimal health and reduce the risk for various types of cancer.
Pumpkin has shown to regulate blood sugar levels and may help prevent diabetes type 2. What’s remarkable is the high amounts fatty acids such as Omega 3s. If you’re a vegetarian pumpkin is the ideal source to get your Omega 3s. I usually eat a healthy amount of salmon per week but this tends to get expensive. So pumpkin comes in very handy.
Cabbage is known for its special cholesterol lowering benefits. But this is not the only benefits of cabbage: research has shown that it is one of the most effective foods for cancer prevention because it is rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds and glucosinolates which protect the plant from diseases. Thus it will protect your body, too.
Just like pumpkin carrots contain a high amount of beta-carotene which makes them a powerful anti-oxidant. Carrots provide many of the health benefits we long for such as cardiovascular and anti-cancer properties. Research has shown recently that carrots contain a category of antioxidants called polyacetylenes which prevent excessive clumping of blood cells.
Cucumber is my all time favorite because it makes such as good juice base. Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients you can add it to almost any juice and get tremendous health benefits such as promoting healthy joints and increased scavenging of free radicals.
Turmeric has a spicy taste, almost like ginger and a deep orange color. I like to use it in my juices to mix it up a little if I got tired of ginger. It’s a potent anti-inflammatory because it contains curcumin that hasn’t shown any signs of toxicity compared to chemical drugs with the same effects. Just like ginger, it can be used for treatment against inflammatory bowel disease or provide relief for arthritis.
Put everything into your blender and enjoy!