I always struggled to drink fruit juice when I was little. It would give me such a sore, bloated stomach and intense nausea. For most of my life, the only drink I could really tolerate was water...welcome to the fun club! Ha. Water is genuinely my favourite drink but finding ways to create drinks that are kind and gentle on my stomach has been a real treat. This juice is beautifully balanced, light and smooth. It’s not too sweet or overpowering and it’s packed full of goodness. I find including veg packed juices into my diet really helps with my energy levels. Any of my fellow warriors living with M.E know the importance of trying to fuel our bodies in a way that feels good to us, without a dreaded adrenaline spike and a subsequent crash. I’ll share the recipes for my other favourite juices with you soon, but hopefully this is one that you’ll enjoy and will help to give you a little boost.
If you don’t currently have a juicer, you don’t need to buy an expensive one. I know sometimes there’s the worry that if you go for a cheaper option, you’ll end up having to fork out more money when it inevitably breaks. Being unwell and unable to work for as long as I have means my bank balance often resembles old mother Hubbard’s cupboard, so when I’ve been building up kitchen equipment I obviously couldn’t spend a massive amount of money. If you want something relatively cheap, but massively reliable, I would highly recommend Andrew James products. I bought the 850W juicer a good few years ago (I think it cost about £40 on amazon at the time) I use it all the time and it works a treat. This, of course, is in no way sponsored by Andrew James. I just like to share the things that have helped me when I finally find something that does the job, and does it well. Shop around and grab yourself a bargain.
CARROT JUICE (serves 2)
6 large carrots
1 cucumber (peel the skin if you want it to be bright, bright orange. It still looks nice if you leave it on and obviously the taste is the most important factor - skin/no skin makes no difference)
1 big handful of strawberries
1 handful of pineapple
1 thumb sized chunk of fresh ginger
Run all of the ingredients through a juicer. Scoop up the pulp and run it through the juicer once or twice more so you get the absolute most out the ingredients. Give the juice a good stir and serve.
If you have any left over, store in the fridge for up to 2 days and give it a stir before drinking as separation may naturally occur.