With all the leaves changing colors I get inspired into creating recipes that match my surroundings. This means that pumpkins and squashes are on the menu regularly. Soups and stews are two types of recipes that come to mind, but what about a some squash juice?
Have you ever tried juicing a squash?
Well, this fall I challenge you to make some fresh squash juice.
It’s quite delicious and perfect for this time of year.
What’s interesting to know is that all winter squashes and pumpkins are actually fruits and can be eaten raw – and juiced. They can be a bit tough, though, we eat them roasted, puréed, mashed into soups or used as stuffing for bread and cakes.
Besides the pulpy flesh, the seeds and skin are also edible. The seeds can be eaten directly raw, or they can be roasted, ground into paste or pressed for vegetable oil.
Spiced Squash Juice Recipe
This super sweet and simply delicious juice tastes as good as it looks. The vibrant orange hue lets us know this juice is rich in many important nutrients such as antioxidants beta-carotene, Vitamin C and Vitamin E (just 8 oz provides 50% of your daily needs). The cinnamon adds a nice spice and flavor plus it has been shown to help keep blood sugar in check.
4 cups butternut squash
1 large organic apple
dash of cinnamon
optionally, dash of ginger, nutmeg and/or allspice (all ground, to taste)
Wash apple and squash well.Peel squash and cut into chunks. Cut apple to fit into chute of juicer. Juice. Pour over ice. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of juice. Enjoy!
The serving size for this juice is 8-10 oz (the recipe makes double this amount so you can share or save a serving for later on). If you are exercising or training hard, working to maintain your weight during the Reboot or simply feel hungry you may want to bump up your serving size to the full 16-20 oz.
If the starchy flavor bothers you, you may try boiling it to bring out the sweetness.
Health highlight of butternut squash
Butternut squash is a rich source vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids) which is heart healthy, good for your vision, and good for your skin! Butternut squash is also an excellent source of vitamin C and other potent antioxidants. It is anti-inflammatory, high in fiber, potassium, and vitamin B6, and folate. These nutrients can help stabilize blood sugar, support your nervous system, and promote bone health.
You can drink squash and pumpkin juice straight, or you can mix it with various spices and other juices to enhance the flavor. Making “Harry Potter” style pumpkin juice is a good way to introduce the drink to kids.
Here is a video I found on Youtube that shows how to prepare squash for juicing:
Squash and pumpkin juice contains a range of nutritional vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, E, and C, along with helpful antioxidants, beta-carotene, and vital salts. Many believe it to be a helpful tool in the fight against numerous health conditions, like heart disease, insomnia, constipation, and ulcers.
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