winter perfect fruit juice (with pepper)

By Shalini Kolluri 

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People often think that dehydration is a summer story. If you believe so too, think again!

When the temperature drops, we all rush to switch on our heaters, have a hot beverage versus an iced one, switch from salad to soup for a healthy but warming lunch, the vegetables of the season are the roots and the cruciferous veggies which we roast, bake, and sauté. Soups typically contain a higher amount of sodium than salads that tend to provide more water. And so on.

In short, it is really easy to loose large amounts of body water through perspiration and decreased water intake! Thus making it very important to consume more water, herbal teas and fresh fruit juice.

My absolute favorite has to be this awesome juice that not only hydrates but also has anti-oxidant rich flu fighting ingredients.

Pepper during winter:-

Black pepper acts as an effective natural remedy to prevent cough and cold in India. This spice is loaded with many essential nutrients like vitamin C, flavonoids, antioxidants and antibacterial properties. When used in combination with honey, black pepper helps you breathe easy and enhances your immunity!!

So folks remember to stay hydrated and load up on ’em anti-oxidants!!

Ingredients:- (serves 2)

1/2 cup coconuct water

1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1/2  red apple (pieces)

1 table spoon honey (raw preferable)

a pinch of ground black pepper

1/2 cup freshly grated carrot

Method:-

Blend the pieces of apple and carrot gratings in a blender first. (I do this first because adding the juices early on may not grind the carrot and apple).

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Once this mixture turns into a fine paste, add in the coconut water, honey, pepper and orange juice and blend.

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Serve immediately and enjoy!

Coconut water and hydration:-

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Provides naturally occurring fluid, electrolytes, and carbohydrates with less added sugar, artificial flavor, and color compared to commercially prepared carbohydrate-electrolyte sports drinks.

Orange juice:-

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Freshly squeezed! Always!

Fruit juice freshly prepared at home and consumed immediately has enormous benefits. The most important reson being that the anti-oxidants are retained which boosts immunity!

Oranges contain many of the elements that are thought to reduce the risk of heart disease and cardiac arrhythmia, and some studies have even shown a slight reduction in the occurrence of many types of mouth, throat, esophageal, stomach and liver cancers in people who have a lot of citrus fruits in their diets.

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