Well, folks, I hate to say it but this winter is kind of... well... sucky! With unseasonably cold snaps and wind and ice storms across the map, it is feeling pretty drab. At times like these, we may feel the urge to crawl deeper under our covers and forget the world outside.
While the snow and cold may make it tempting to succumb to the late-February blues, we must not let it get us down and I have just the trick. This recipe for freshly squeezed orange-grapefruit juice will not only kick your immune system into high gear, but it will also make you feel a little bit closer to a tropical paradise.
One of the best parts about this recipe is that it does not require a fancy juicer AND it is 100% all-natural.
How is this juice going to boost your immune system? Oranges and grapefruits are loaded with vitamin C which gives your immune system a helping hand when fighting bacteria. They also contain potassium which is an important electrolyte for maintaining good blood pressure. Lastly, along with a ton of other health benefits, these fruits are super powerful antioxidants and a great source of fiber.
If you want to boost your immune system and your mood this February then here is what you will need :
- 3 navel oranges
- 1 large pink grapefruit
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Small hand juicer
Step One: To make this juice you will need to start by slicing your fruit in half. I find the best way to do this is along the horizontal diameter. To do this, place your orange or grapefruit with the stem-side facing up and then slice ACROSS the fruit rather than down. If you end up cutting it the other way, that's fine but it may be a bit harder to juice.
Step Two: Next, take one half of your sliced fruit and place it firmly on top of your hand juicer. Slowly rotate the fruit around the juicer while squeezing out the juice. Continue to do this until there isn't much pulp left. Gently pour your juice into a glass.
Step Three: Repeat step two with all fruit halves until you have a full glass of juice. Now, slowly add in a bit of lemon juice and give it a taste. If your fruits are very bitter you can add in a little maple syrup to cut the tartness.
Now that you have your juice, feel free to pop some shades on, sit near a window, and sip your tropical drink while thinking of summer. This is sure to boost your immune system and cure your winter blues!