Savory Tomato Basil Juice

Summary tomato-basil-juice
We’re currently in the grips of a magical part of the summer. All sorts of delicious vegetables are popping up on vines and at local farmers markets. Specifically, tomatoes and basil have now come into season. This is very exciting for lots of home chefs out there – tomato and basil season means it’s time to make some delicious marinara sauce! But we’ve got news for you: the applications of tomato and basil go beyond sandwiches and pasta sauces. You can use this delicious and nutritious ingredients to create a wonderful vegetable juice. Tomato and Basil for Health Both tomatoes and basil are known for their healthful attributes. Tomatoes are a significant source of lycopene. Lycopene has shown evidence of being effective in limiting cancer risk. More research needs to be done, but the initial signs look promising. Basil is a good source of vitamin A and also has anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, basil is a significant source of vitamin K and iron. Juicing basil takes a bit of discipline, but it’s worth the effort

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups chopped tomato
  • 1 Handful of basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Wash tomatoes and cut into manageable chunks. Don’t worry about getting fancy – the chunks just have to be small enough to fit into your juicers feeding chute.
  • Soak entire basil stalks in water, allowing all dirt and sediment to fall away.
  • Crumple basil stalks as compactly as possible and juice on “low” setting
  • Juice tomatoes on “low” setting.
  • Stir in salt and pepper. Alternately, for a sweeter flavor profile pour over ice and squeeze in a bit of lemon.
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