As you may know, I am not much of a juice drinker. Despite what labels say about being all natural and sugar-free, etc, there is still something processed about the whole thing. This has led me to satisfy my juice urges by making my own over the years. I recently bought a Vitamix blender and it has opened up my world.
When I make juice now, I add water and the fruit and that’s it! One thing I will say is that it is nowhere near as sweet as purchased juice. This may be a shock to some who are used to the sweetness of juice. Only truly natural sugars here. It is light and refreshing and this one makes the list for my August drink month.
The ratio I use for this recipe is 5 cups of green tea to 3 cups of frozen fruit. Green tea is one of many ingredients that helps boost your immune system and aids in weightloss. Because of the tanginess of the ingredients, I use 1/4 C of honey to sweeten the green tea before blending. This is optional but if you are making this for a household, it may be more enjoyable. It will be less sweet than store-bought AND the point is to enjoy a healthier option. If you don’t enjoy it then you likely won’t drink it and that defeats the purpose.
Honey is antibacterial and helps boost the immune system. It has long been used as an ingredient in healing so it makes the perfect sweetener option for this drink.
This recipe is simple. Blend 5 cups of brewed, sweetened green tea with 3C of frozen blueberries. Blueberries are high in antioxidants. They are also readily available in the summer on the west coast and can be found frozen other times of the year.
My not-so-secret ingredient is fresh ginger. Peel a 1 inch piece of ginger and throw it into the blender with the fruits. How much ginger you add depends on whether you like ginger or not. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is one of the main foods recognized to boost immunity. It helps sooth a sore or itchy throat and it is good for upset stomachs so why not add a little health kick to your juice? Ginger tea has been around for centuries in many cultures and used to fight off colds.
Once you combine and blend all your ingredients you will have a pure fruit tea to sip on hot summer nights.
Immune Booster Juice
3 C frozen blueberries
5 C green tea
1/4 C honey
1″ piece fresh ginger
1. Place all ingredients in a blender
2. Blend until smooth.
Protein 0.7 g