Pineapple Baby Bok Choy Juice, Health Benefits of Pineapple and Strawberry Apple Arugula Smoothie <33
January 26, 2013 by Living Girl Living Foods
I’ve been mentioning veggies to stay warm and had a few people ask for recipes using some specific greens like Baby Bok Choy and Arugula. So here are two recipes where these ingredients are used separately.
These combinations may not seem so traditional but it’s amazing how fruit and citrus honest to goodness can completely tie a recipe together.
Pineapple Baby Bok Choy Juice
2 cups pineapple
1 lime with rind, if organic
1 lemon without rind, unless you want it to be more tart 😉
1 small head of romaine lettuce
1 small handful of cilantro
1 small bunch of Baby Bok Choy (this was about 8 leaves)
I used 2-inches of ginger but use as much or as little as you like
Turmeric would be a great addition but sadly I have not been able to find any where I live
This drink is super cleansing, warming, and sweet!
Pineapple is wonderful way to balance flavors, along with citrus fruits.
Health Benefits of Pineapple ❤
One cup of fresh pineapple has roughly 131% vitamin c. It is also very high in maganese and is a low calorie fruit. Some other health benefits of pineapple are; digestive benefits (bromelain), anti-inflammatory (great pre or post work out), anti-clotting, energy boost (vitamin B1), copper and potassium which are both B vitamins (technically minerals).
So I am a bit of an arugula lover 😀 but I understand that not everyone is in love with it…or even consider the taste bare able. I also strongly believe that almost every fruit and vegetable can be prepared or matched with something to please anyone's taste buds.
I put this Smoothie together in hopes to help those people out or to at least give some ideas 🙂 Any feed back is greatly appreciated.
Strawberry Apple Arugula Smoothie
1/2 cup frozen strawberries, or fresh but add more ice
1 green apple, cored and diced
1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of matcha green powder (optional)
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 cup arugula
1/2 fresh vanilla bean
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, or according to your preference
1/2 cup orange juice (optional, can replace with water, tea, grapefruit juice)
A few ice cubes if needed
This Smoothie has sweet, tart, bitter and savory notes with a beautiful soft color. The fiber from the apple and arugula helps stay satiated and regular.
Health Benefits of Arugula
Arugula is in the cruciferous vegetable family along with cabbage and broccoli which all aid in immune function. It happens to be high in vitamins; A, K, and C. Arugula contains beta carotene, assisting in protection for macular degeneration. Another great thing going for arugula is that it is lower in oxalates then spinach, kale and other dark leafy greens. Thus, it is easier to absorb in it’s raw state.
Arugula has been more recently seen as a superstar because it is especially rich in Sulforaphane. This sulfur-containing compound has been shown to protect cells and reduce inflammation.
I hope you find these recipes to be warming and delicious! They have helped me through these extra windy days. Thank you all for stopping by and taking the time out from your weekend. Much love ❤ and raw power 😉
Big hugs and warmth,