Welcome to May! While this year seems to be flying past, I hope you’re taking the time to appreciate just how beautiful the world is out there right now? Spring brings with it so many gorgeous new plants, flowers and foods, and the closer we get to summer, the more colourful it all is. We’re loving this season so much! This month we thought we’d let you know about the produce at its finest this month, and we decided this time we’ll pop them all into a juice. Here are three little super foods to look out for in May. Hope you enjoy!
Ah, good old rhubarb! Hands up who’s had it in a crumble as a child? You can’t beat it- probably one of the most comforting puddings there is. But, of course, we’re not going to make a crumble. Oh no. We’re going to juice it. Why? Because rhubarb is packed full of so many amazing nutrients, and when we juice it we keep all of the benefits intact, ready to benefit our bodies in a powerful way. And now it’s May, there’s loads of this stuff around. Sound good? Read on.
Rhubarb can be juiced raw, unlike when you make a pudding and you need to cook it first. Because of this, and because rhubarb can naturally taste very tart, you will need to mix it with a little something else. An orange would work really well for an extra vitamin C boost.
Rhubarb juice contains high levels of important minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, sodium, copper and zinc. It also contains a very good amount of Vitamin B-complex, so what are you waiting for? Studies have found it’s Vitamin K levels are essential for improving bring function, and antioxidants are present to fight the signs of ageing too. Not only that but rhubarb can help with bone health, cholesterol digestive issues, liver health and the maintenance of a healthy immune system. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!
Now, hear us out! There is no reason at all why asparagus can’t go into a juice! It’s bang on season right now and tasting delicious, so by all means lightly steam a few stalks and drizzle them with olive oil, but please please also try this amazing juice recipe!
The combination of ingredients in this juice are simply amazing for problem skin, and for maintaining a glowing complexion, so why would you not want to give it a try. You need a few more ingredients this time:
- Two medium apples
- Two medium carrots
- 2cm (1in) cube ginger, unpeeled
- Four small asparagus spears
- A small handful parsley
- Asmall handful freshly cut wheatgrass, or 1 level tsp of powdered greens, such as wheatgrass, chlorella or spirulina
Pop all the ingredients into your juicer and away you go. Delicious! Want to know why asparagus made the list? Well it’s packed full of vitamin K, folate, copper, selenium, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin C, and vitamin E. It’s also a very good source of dietary fibre, manganese, phosphorus, vitamin B3, potassium, choline, vitamin A, zinc, iron, protein, vitamin B6, and pantothenic acid. So there you have it!
We’ve written before about the amazing powers of watercress, and in a juice you really can’t ask for more. It’s on season right now so it’s really at its best- look for the darkest green leaves you can find and go for it. Watercresses actually contains more vitamin C than an orange, more calcium than milk and more iron than spinach! Its also a great source of folate and contains a range of other vitamins and minerals that will make your body sing. The juice we love contains ingredients that compliment watercress, and when combined make a powerful tool in the fight against problem skin. To make it you need:
- One handful of spinach (also in season in May)
- One handful of watercress
- One handful of parsley
- Half an avocado
- One pear
- One Lime
- 3-4 ice cubes
Blend all ingredients together and enjoy! The combination means that your body is given a powerful boost of antioxidants, vitamin C, healthy fats, fibre… just try it!