Juice Your Summer Squash

summer-squash

In many areas, yellow summer squash is growing in abundance right now. The mildly sweet, tender vegetable is rarely thought of for juicing, but it is perfect. Summer squash is just the right texture for juicing, neither too hard nor too soft, so it can be juiced in either a centrifugal or a masticating juicer. Squash is juicy, so it has a good yield compared to other vegetables. The mild flavor of summer squash also blends well with many different types of fruits and vegetables.

Summer squash has been noted for its unique contribution to antioxidant requirements. Summer squash is rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, which are health supporting carotenoids. Squash has also been found to have a unique polysaccharide composition that provides protection against diabetes and helps to regulate the way that the body processes insulin. Summer squash contains manganese, vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, B complex vitamins, zinc, and magnesium. To receive all of the nutritional benefits of summer squash, the seeds and skin must be consumed along with the flesh. If possible, try to purchase organic summer squash or get it directly from a neighborhood garden to avoid harmful pesticides and chemicals.

Ingredients

  • 1 summer squash
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cucumber
  • 6 sweet strawberries

Recipe

  • Wash all produce thoroughly
  • Remove stems from carrots, squash, apples, and strawberries
  • Cut apples, cucumbers, squash, and carrots as needed to fit in the juicer
  • Juice all produce
  • If using a centrifugal juicer, it may be helpful to blend the strawberries into the rest of the juice after putting all other produce through the juicer
  • Mix juice well to blend flavors
  • Enjoy!
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