Top Five Fall Superfoods for Juicing

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The term superfood is thrown around often, but what exactly is a superfood? A superfood is actually a marketing term developed to describe certain foods that have a high concentration of nutrients and antioxidants. While this may be a tactic to lure us towards certain foods for marketing purposes, the benefits of superfoods are real. Fall is a great time to cash in on abundances of many superfoods. This can translate directly into some delicious juices that will make you feel, well, super.

1. Apples-we have previously discussed the wonder of apples, and their delicious debut in these cooler months. Suffice it to say that apples are a superfood because they are rich in antioxidants and fiber.

2. Parsnips-parsnips can add a mild nutty flavor and a creamy texture to juice. Parsnips are loaded with potassium, calcium, and iron. The major benefit of parsnips is that they help lung function, and can prevent diseases like emphysema.

3. Pears-pears are so sweet and can add a delicious splash to any juice, whether fruit or vegetable. Pears are also a great source of vitamin C, copper, and dietary fiber. Pears can lower cholesterol, and reduce the risk of cancer and type II diabetes.

4. Pomegranate-pomegranate is delicious and sweet, and can add a beautiful red color to any juice making it a hit for Halloween parties and punches. Pomegranate is a little different to juice, and will require a cold-press juicer. The arils must be removed from the pith and skin before juicing for the best tasting juice, as well. Pomegranate juice is an amazing source of antioxidants, vitamin C, and folate, so it is a super immune booster.

5. Turnips-turnips are a two-for-one deal, as they come with their greens if bought fresh. Both turnips and turnip greens are super foods. The flavor of turnips can be bitter, so it should be used sparingly in juice. Turnip greens are similar to kale or spinach in flavor, so they can be used the same way. Turnips are rich in vitamin C, A, K, and folate. Turnip greens are high in antioxidants, vitamin A, C, E and calcium. Both turnips and greens help to reduce risks of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

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