Bitter Sweet and Lovely Fruit Juice

Summary
bitter-sweet-love-juiceWith Valentine’s Day coming up so soon, we had to do a fruit juice with strawberries as the star of the show. Chiming in to this delicious blend with equally bitter sweet flavors are pineapple and raspberry. Raspberries and strawberries have been ranked in the top four fruits for antioxidant capacity per serving, alongside blackberries and cranberries (which could also be welcome additions to this juice, if desired).Strawberries are delicious, and have been a symbol of Valentine’s Day for ages. Right now is a fantastic time to get a great deal on strawberries, as they have just come into season in certain parts of Florida. Beside their antioxidant properties, strawberries have generous amounts of vitamin C, which can give a great immune boost to those fighting the cold and the illnesses that come with it. Studies have shown that strawberries help to regulate blood sugar levels. This goes beyond the traditional thought that strawberries help to regulate only natural sugars. When excess quantities of table sugar were consumed with strawberries, it was found that consuming the strawberries actually helped to lower the blood sugar level from what it was before consuming the strawberries. This can be helpful for those with diabetes or other blood sugar-regulation issues. 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple

Directions

  • Peel and cut pineapple into chunks
  • Soak raspberries and strawberries in a clean sink or large bowl of water. Skim from top of water and rinse thoroughly in a colander to remove any remaining dirt
  • Remove tops from strawberries
  • Juice all produce
  • The recipe will make enough juice to share. Pour into wine glasses if sharing with a lover, or into large clear cups if sharing with children
  • Add a single heart-shaped ice cube to each glass for added festivity. Enjoy!
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