Cinnamon-Spiced Apple, Carrot, Pumpkin Juice


September 27, 2013

This cinnamon-spiced apple, carrot, pumpkin juice from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse tastes like dessert, but cleanses and boost immunity.

Cinnamon-Spiced Apple, Carrot, Pumpkin Juice

This cinnamon-spiced apple, carrot, pumpkin juice from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse tastes like dessert but is powered up with beta-carotenes in the pumpkin and carrots for glowing skin and eyes, and for sweet immunity! Carrots also help regulate cholesterol and aid respiratory health. Apple sweeten the deal, break down toxins, add regulate digestion. Cinnamon adds a nice warmth, and helps to stabilize blood sugar.

The Health Benefits of Pumpkin Juice

Pumpkin contains antioxidants, potassium, vitamins A, B and E, iron, zinc, copper, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. Juicing it removes a lot of the starch, leaving a mild sweetness with all of the nutrients. We favor sugar pumpkins or Japanese pumpkins for juicing. Pumpkin should be peeled and seeded before juicing. The sweet, creamy, slightly nutty and earthy taste blends well with carrot, apple, cinnamon, and ginger, and makes a rich taste base for indulgent “dessert-like” cleanse juices.

The Health Benefits of Carrot Juice

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.

The Health Benefits of Apple Juice

Tasty, able to break down toxins, lower cholesterol, and enhance digestion, this fruit is a popular, versatile, and cost-effective go-to for juices. With phytonutrients, powerful antioxidants like quercetin, vitamin A (in the peel), vitamin C, and significant potassium, apple is a prime detox food that’s available year ‘round. As an aid to cleansing, apples’ high pectin content provides a great bowel regulator, able to slow the colon down or speed it up, as the body needs.

Apple is a cooling food, and we include it in juices to balance the bitterness of leafy greens and other vegetables. The sweet tang of apple blends with almost all fruits and vegetables; our preferred variety is Granny Smith, which has a tarter flavor and lower sugar content than common reds like Fuji, Delicious, and Honeycrisp. That said, this fruit is versatile, and our recipes work with any apple you have on hand.

We recommend coring apples before juicing, as the jury is still out as to whether the bit of cyanide occurring naturally in the seeds is detrimental to health.

The Health Benefits of Lemon Juice

This alkalizing tart tamer is a potent detoxifier and natural antibiotic that improves liver function, relieves constipation, and can help dissolve kidney and gall stones. High levels of vitamin C help boost immunity and alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as combat heart disease. Lemons provide calcium and magnesium for strong bones and teeth, along with unique compounds that have powerful antioxidant properties. The flavonoids in lemons have even been shown to halt abnormal cell division.

While lemons are cooling, this superstar can be balanced with warming foods like cayenne and fennel. We use lemons in lots of juice blends to lift the earthy and pungent quality of leafy greens and vegetables, add zip and tang, and balance the acidifying impacts of high-sugar fruits. You may want to remove the rinds of these fruits before juicing, as in substantial quantities they’re slightly toxic, or you may enjoy the zesty punch it adds—a good compromise is a bit of the peel along with the flesh.

The Health Benefits of Juicing 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.

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Cinnamon-Spiced Apple, Carrot, Pumpkin Juice

This cinnamon-spiced apple, carrot, pumpkin juice from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse tastes like dessert, but cleanses and boost immunity. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 16-ounce glass
Author Tess Masters

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin flesh,  peeled and seeded (or butternut squash)
  • 2 medium carrots, scrubbed
  • 1 green apple,  cored
  • 1/2 lemon, rind removed
  • 1/8 teaspoon  ground cinnamon, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • Pinch of Celtic sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, toss the produce with the cinnamon until evenly coated. Push the pumpkin, carrots, apple, lemon, and water through your juicer. Strain any pulp, and stir in the salt.

Recipe Notes

Recipe from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse.
Photo by Trent Lanz; styling by Alicia Buszczak

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