Have you ever thought about juicing cabbage? Whilst it might not be one of the first vegetables that you reach for when making a juice, cabbage is packed with nutrition and gives off quite a lot of liquid when it is put through your juicer. This cabbage juice, Cabbage Digest, is a pure vegetable juice, so is low in fructose. You can drink it at any time of the day – if you have it for breakfast, we suggest adding in half an avocado (use your blender to combine the juice and avocado), to give you some added healthy oils.
There are many health benefits of cabbage. Cabbage is among the top five vegetables for vegetable fibre, which means that including cabbage regularly in your diet will help to support your digestive health. What might surprise you to learn is that half a cup of cabbage will deliver 150% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C! It is also a good source of potassium. Some authors note that the combination of vitamin C and potassium helps to reduce cholesterol and also could prevent coronary artery disease – so juice up that cabbage as it´s good for your heart! Cabbage is also said to help to reduce yeast infections and to support the good bacteria in your colon.
One of the possible downsides of eating a lot of cabbage is that it can cause gas and flatulence. This is particularly so if you do not eat cabbage regularly. It happens because the fibre from the cabbage is not properly digested in the small intestine, so instead the digestion happens in the large intestine. If you find that you experience flatulence, then introduce cabbage gradually into your diet – start with small portions of well cooked (soft) cabbage and slowly increase the portion size and regularity over time. Juicing can help to reduce these symptoms, as by juicing the cabbage it is broken down into smaller pieces, so it is more easily digested in the small intestine.
Juicing tip! Try different versions of cabbage for this recipe. Curly cabbage (like savoy) will give you a different colour juice than using white cabbage. When using curly cabbage, leave the thick inner stem in and fold the leaf over into a compact shape to put through your juicer.
Cabbage Digest: cabbage juice recipe
Large chunk cabbage (5cm thick slice, or 4 leaves)
2 large carrots
Prepare your fruit and vegetables: wash them beneath cold running water to make sure all residue is washer off. If you are using a waxed lemon (or if you have a lower power juicer), then trim off the outer layer of the lemon, leaving the pith on.
Put all the ingredients through your juicer.
Wash your juicer and enjoy your cabbage juice!
Make a sweeter cabbage juice!
If you think that drinking this cabbage juice might be too strong for your taste buds, then add one apple or pear into the juice, instead of the courgette. This will make it slightly sweeter and you might find it easier to drink.
La Crisalida juice detox retreat
Here at La Crisalida health and wellbeing we offer you the option to try a juice detox during your stay. We recommend that you drink juices for three days, to give your body time to rest and recover. Indeed, some people come to the retreat specifically to do a juice detox and many people choose to juice for longer than three days. We know it can be challenging to do this on your own, at home with all the many distractions. So, perhaps consider coming to La Crisalida Retreats to try a juice detox retreat.
If you have enjoyed this juice, then check out more juice recipes on our blog.
About the author
- Lisa is one of the founders of La Crisalida Retreats. She is an Epidemiologist, therapeutic hatha and yin yoga teacher and also teaches mindfulness meditation. Lisa has studied NLP and hypnosis, as well as nutrition (she designs the menus).