Drinking a fresh juice every day can bring many health benefits and this month I thought I would share a new juice recipe coming this Autumn, which is our Menopause Support juice.
Menopause is a time of transition, with fluctuating hormones and associated changes in the functioning of our bodies. These can lead to a myriad of symptoms that are unpleasant to experience, one of which can be weight gain. Juicing can help to manage weight gain, as well as help to reduce the other effects experienced by so many women. You can read more about food and menopause in our associated article: food and nutrition to relieve menopause symptoms. The ingredients in this juice can help to support our body to move a little more gracefully through this time of change. At the same time, it tastes fabulous!
I’ve used a combination of fresh and frozen berries to make this juice. Remember to take the frozen berries out of the freezer 10 minutes before making your juice. If you have a centrifugal juicer, it’s best to blend the watercress and berries. Always blend the avocado. The calories might seem a little high for a juice, this is due mainly to the avocado (184 calories) and the flaxseeds (135 calories) – I strongly recommend including both in this juice as they are an important part of providing support and nutrition for your body. It’s a filling juice, so you probably won’t need to eat for a good few hours after eating!
Juicing tip: Make sure you grind the flaxseed before adding it to the juice. By grinding the flaxseed you make them more easily digestible – whole flaxseed have a tendency to pass straight through your body and we really want the omega-3 contained in them to be absorbed! I suggest that you grind a cup of flaxseed, then store it in an airtight container, ready to be added to other juices, onto a salad or into your breakfast porridge.
Menopause Support juice recipe
3 medium carrots
1 red apple
3cm of broccoli stem
2 cm unwaxed lemon
½ small cup frozen mixed berries
½ small cup fresh blueberries
1 handful fresh watercress or lamb’s lettuce (or other leafy green)
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
Wash the carrots, apple, broccoli, lemon, blueberries and watercress beneath cold running water, making sure that any grit is removed from the watercress.
Grind the flaxseeds using a hand-blender.
Juice the carrots, apple, broccoli and lemon, allowing the juice to flow into a large jug.
Into the jug add the blueberries, frozen mixed berries, avocado, watercress (or lamb’s lettuce) and flaxseed. Using a hand-blender, blend for 60 seconds, making sure all the ingredients are smooth.
Remember to wash your juicer and hand-blender immediately after making your juice to prevent the bits from sticking.
Then take a seat and savour your juice.
Want help to choose a juicer?
Our blog article: how to choose the best juicer for you includes tips and recommendations on what to look for, to find the juicer right for you.
La Crisalida juice health and weightloss retreat
Here at La Crisalida Retreats we offer a holistic programme for health and wellbeing. Nutrition is a key part of this. We believe that by juicing lots of fresh vegetables and fruits we can deliver lots of nutrition to the body, in an easily digested form, which the body can absorb and use to heal. Juicing is also a good option if you wish to lose weight, particularly when combined with exercise, good rest and a healthy mindset. Read more about a weightloss retreat at La Crisalida here.
I hope you enjoy this juice. Do let me know how you get on.
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).