*If you're making this juice as part of the 3-Day Fall Juice Fast please read all of the fast guidelines in the post before participating in the fast.
Day 2 Juices
Morning Juice - Kiwi Emerald Delight Juice
Midday Juice - Autumn Gold Rush Juice (this post)
Evening Juice - Green Bounty Juice
This Fall treat adds a nice bounty of betacarotenes with sweet potato and carrots that will boost the immune system and fortify skin, eyes and nails. Cucumber hydrates deep into the cellular level while evening out the flavors. Cinnamon adds a lovely flavor and stabilizes blood sugar. Tumeric adds a powerful anti-inflammatory punch to provide an amazingly healthful and delicious lunch!
Ingredient Cleansing Benefits:
Carrot - A relative of parsley and celery, carrots contain loads of life-extending carotenes and minerals. This vegetable helps lower cholesterol, too, and alleviates skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, all while enhancing the respiratory system’s resistance to infection. A great source of vitamin A, carrots also contain the magical antioxidant glutathione, which protects against free radical damage, and B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Carrots fuel the production of white blood cells and enhance their performance, and are a great immune booster. These brilliant orange roots also deliver powerful anti-inflammatory agents, helping to relieve the symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis.
Carrot is a warming and strengthening vegetable perfect for cleansing. Cut off the greens (the jury is still out as to whether they are toxic or beneficial), but don’t peel the roots—much of carrots’ nutrients lie in the skin or just beneath. Just scrub, roughly chop (if using certain masticating juicers) and push through your juicer. The earthy sweet flavor of the juice, much richer than that of carrot itself, combines well with apple, pineapple, beets, tomato, ginger, and cinnamon, so this one works well in both sweet and savory juices.
Sweet Potato - Rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals, sweet potatoes have a higher amylose-to-amylopectin ratio than potato. Amylose, raising blood sugar levels slower than simple sugars, is classified as an anti-diabetic food. An immune booster and an excellent source of beta-carotene and vitamin A, sweet potato is one of the highest among the root-vegetables. It’s also packed with essential B vitamins and vital minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium, essential for enzyme, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism. A superfood, sweet potato has anti-aging power and helps maintain healthy skin and tissues.
It’s a warming food and the juice has a mildly sweet, slightly earthy taste, best in blends with similar flavors like carrot and squash, and with mildly sweet, tart fruits such as apples or oranges. Ginger, cinnamon, and vanilla compliment sweet potato especially well. Juice the entire root, without peeling, to get all the nutrients.
Turmeric - An anti-inflammatory rockstar in the ginger family, turmeric is getting more widely available in mainstream grocery stores. If you can’t find the root fresh, purchase the ground dried turmeric familiar as the yellow component of curries.
The curcumin in turmeric has anti-inflammatory effects comparable to those of drugs like hydrocortisone, but lets us skip the toxicity. Curcumin can help relieve joint pain and swelling (it’s great for arthritis) and chest pain. Research in the use of curcumin in treating inflammatory bowel conditions like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis has shown it to be effective in very low doses, yet safe in much higher ones.
Turmeric boosts liver function, encourages detoxification, aids digestion, reduces gas and bloating, and boosts metabolism. It alleviates respiratory congestion, regulates blood pressure and cholesterol, and promotes heart health. Rich in vitamin C, fiber, phytonutrients, antioxidants, manganese, potassium, and iron, turmeric is a brilliant blood builder and immune booster. And in its spare time it helps promote deeper sleep.
The fresh stuff is wonderful in juices, and we seize every opportunity to include it our recipes. If you can’t get it fresh, don’t go without—just use the powder. A fantastic warming spice for winter, turmeric pairs well with citrus, pineapple, strawberries, peach, mango, bell pepper, tomato, carrot, and ginger. That flavor is fairly pronounced, though. Start with a 1/2 -inch section of unpeeled turmeric root, or 1/2 teaspoon of powder sprinkled on your prepared vegetables before you juice them. Caution: Turmeric stains many surfaces, and can certainly stain juicers. So, as soon as you’ve juiced, clean your machine and reap your rewards of this mighty root.
Cucumber - This vege-fruit truly is the ultimate cool-hydrate-cleanse food. It’s right in there regulating body temperature and easing inflammation. A relative of squashes and melons, the cuke is a natural diuretic (due to that abundant water), aiding in cell hydration, waste removal, and dissolving kidney stones. Cucumber’s high silica content is great for the skin, and helps alleviate eczema, psoriasis, hair loss, and strengthen nails. The silica in cucumber also reduces the concentration of uric acid, which causes inflammation in the joints, muscles and tendons. A natural blood-pressure regulator, cucumber is high in vitamin A (mostly in the peel), B complex, C and folic acid, amino acids (methionine and tryptophan), potassium, sulfur, and natural chlorine. To take advantage of the nutrients in the skins, we always use the less-bitter-skinned English/Dutch variety. Any cucumber, though, goes well in our recipes.
We add cucumber to many juice blends as a way of adding mineral-rich water that’s way more beneficial than the plain filtered stuff. Cucumber juice is chock-full of nutrients, yet barely alters flavor. Cucumbers are intensely alkalizing, and a half (or whole) cucumber worked into a batch of juice offsets the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and aids detox. Cucumber is our go-to base for sugar-free, alkaline juice blends, too. Make sure your cucumber is organic and hasn’t been embalmed in a coating of wax.
Cinnamon - This popular spice is a fantastic cleansing aid that increases circulation and activates the lymphatic system, encouraging detox. With powerful antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal power, this sweet and mildly piquant aromatic encourages optimal nerve function, and can regulate blood pressure and cholesterol, promoting heart health. Cinnamon also assists with calcium absorption and the metabolism of fat and carbohydrates, settles the stomach, curbs diarrhea and gas, and alleviates menstrual cramps and the symptoms of PMS. Its natural anti-inflammatory agents are known to ease the symptoms of asthma and arthritis, too, and cinnamon helps control blood-glucose levels, helpful to diabetics. Merely a whiff of cinnamon both soothes and energizes, even increasing brain activity and cognitive function.
A pinch is a fabulous stir-in to a finished juice. Better yet, sprinkle cinnamon on cut fruits and veggies before juicing, for fuller and smoother flavor. (The fine powder doesn’t mix into liquids easily, though, so the first method leaves your juice free of little clumps of spice—bursting with flavor, but generally too much so.) Cinnamon pairs well with picks from all over the fruit-and-vegetable kingdom, but goes especially well with berries, apple, pear, orange, carrot, sweet potato, butternut squash, pumpkin and beet. Wonderful for cooler seasons, cinnamon is extremely warming to the body, a nice way in winter to counteract the cooling effects of fruit.
Try our 3-Day Juice Fasts or 14-Day Detox Dynamo Cleanse.