It is the time of year when cabbages and carrots are in season so what better to use them for but a wonderful cabbage juice!
Cabbages come in lots of different varieties and range in colour from a pale almost white shade, to deep leafy green through to a lovely rich red.
Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable, which are known for being packed full of nutrients, in particular Vitamins C and E (both fabulous anti-oxidants), vitamins B6 and K, calcium, iron, potassium and folate. They are low in calories and cholesterol so make a good addition to any diet. Drinking cabbage juice is good for supporting the healthy bacteria in your gut (it helps to maintain a healthy gut microbiome). In Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, they believe that cabbage juice is helpful in purifying the upper sections of the intestines, making waste elimination easier and thus maintaining a healthy digestive system.
If you eat cabbage (rather than juicing it) you will also benefit from its high insoluble fibre content, which greatly supports your digestive system. (Juicing does remove quite a lot of fibre but it does not remove it all, to benefit most from the insoluble fibre content you are best to enjoy cabbage cooked or raw).
This is a pure vegetable juice (no fruit), however the carrots, particularly at this time of year, usually bring a sweetness to the juice. If it still seems a little too much vegetable, then you can easily swap the courgette for an apple.
Digestion boost: Cabbage juice recipe
3 cm chunk of cabbage
Put the carrots, cabbage, courgette, and lemon through the juicer, allowing the juice to collect in a large jug.
Scoop out the avocado flesh and add into the jug with the juice. Blend it all together using a hand-blender, for about 60 seconds, so that all of the avocado is blended and smooth.
Wash your juicer and blender, then drink your juice.
Digestion boost: Cabbage smoothie recipe
To make this recipe into a (large) cabbage smoothie, you will need:
3cm chunk of cabbage
1 tbsp lemon juice
150 ml non-dairy milk
Cut off the top from the carrots and courgette and cut into chunks. Place into your blender. Scoop out the avocado flesh and add into the blender, together with the cabbage, lemon juice and non-dairy milk. Blend for about 60 – 90 seconds, to make a smooth consistency. Pour into a glass.
Remember to wash your blender before drinking your smoothie.
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La Crisalida detox juice retreats
La Crisalida offers all our guests the opportunity to juice during their stay – whether you wish to focus on juicing for three days, one week or longer. Juicing can support a healthy digestive system as it provides your body with large amounts of easily digested vitamins and minerals. Read more about juicing at La Crisalda Retreats here. Juicing can form part of your detox and weightloss retreat.
Let me know what you think of this great cabbage juice!
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).