It’s only natural to add unnecessary junk—salt, butter, sugar, and a variety of sauces—to already perfect foods. I’m guessing we’re all guilty of it at one time or another. It might be an American thing to do, but whatever it is, I’m willing to bet if we took those items away, we’d be pretty pleased with the outcome. That’s why l love juicing. Nobody (or at least nobody I know) adds junk to their juice. Basically, it all comes down to combinations and not being afraid to try new things…like pumpkin!
Believe it or not, you can juice a gourd. Most of us have only cut the tops off, dug out the seeds, carved a scary face, and stuck a candle in it. And maybe a few of us have even baked some seeds. But there is so much more that can be done with this superfood—pumpkin puree, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, and pumpkin bread, just to name a few. But if you love the taste of pumpkin, then you’ll absolutely go pumpkin-crazy for it in your juice. Just make sure to buy the right kind, the small “sweet pumpkin” used for baking, not carving.
This superfood is known to support heart health with its plentiful fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. It’s also quite rich in beta-carotene that is beneficial for eye health and prostate cancer and colon cancer prevention. For women during pregnancy and lactation, the iron found in pumpkins helps hormone synthesis. But let’s not forget that vitamin C and beta-carotene are also an immunity-boosting combination.
Looking for a very fall-ish concoction this November? Then make sure to try my Pumpkin Crush juice recipe. As always, send us your photos if you try it!
- 2 pumpkins—rich in fiber, vitamins A & C, and excellent for eye and heart health
- 3 pineapples—great for anti-inflammatory and digestive benefits
- 6 oranges—antioxidant protection and rich in vitamin C
- 1 small bag of carrots— excellent source of vitamin A
- 1 thumbnail piece of ginger— great for nausea, circulation, gastrointestinal relief, and reduces and prevents inflammation
- Wash pumpkins, oranges, and carrots.
- Slice off skin from pineapples and pumpkins.
- Peel oranges.
- Break off piece of ginger.
- Toss all of the ingredients into juicer and activate.
- Stir, serve, and enjoy!
Leave a comment below with your favorite fall ingredient or recipe!
PS: We just LOVE this time of year, but maybe not as much as Holly! Thanks for bringing us out to the Dallas Arboretum Pumpkin Village.