Zesty Jicama Refresher

jicamaJicama is often overlooked in juicing recipes, but deserves to have a top spot. The fleshy tuber is very easy to juice, even using a centrifugal juicer, and has a mild to sweet fruity flavor. Jicama is also easy to store and will keep for up to several weeks in a cool, dark place such as a cabinet.

The health benefits of jicama are numerous. Jicama contains a copious amount of vitamin C, which is helpful in reducing inflammation and maintaining eye and skin health. Jicama also contains B vitamins such as riboflavin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, and pyridoxine. Jicama also contains the minerals magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese. If jicama is blended into a juice, the flesh contains a good deal of fiber. The oligofructose inulin in the vegetable does not metabolize in the body, so it is a sweet carbohydrate that does not raise blood sugar levels.

The purple cabbage used in this juice recipe adds even more vitamin C, along with vitamins A and K and antioxidants to the juice. The flavor is a little strong, so it works well in this sweeter juice. The purple color adds a beautiful hue that will increase interest in the juice for kids and picky family members.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups jicama
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 large apples
  • 2 cups purple cabbage
  • ½ inch piece of ginger

Recipe

  • Wash all produce thoroughly
  • Cut and deseed apples
  • Remove stems from carrots
  • Juice jicama, carrots, ginger, and apples, and then juice cabbage
  • Mix well and serve immediately for best flavor
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