Sweet potatoes, the unsung hero of the root vegetable family. Loaded with fiber and iron, sweet potatoes have a slow burning energy producing quality that will keep you going longer than other carbs that don't contain so much fiber. They are also chock full of vitamins like the heart healthy B6, and antioxidant rich vitamins C and E.
An often overlooked plus of sweet potatoes is that they contain the trace mineral manganese that helps sustain healthy blood sugar levels, treat anemia and sustain appetite control. Add to that the presence of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body and is used to prevent and treat a wide range of medical conditions including heart disease, depression, Alzheimer's disease, cataracts and arthritis, and this veggie is well worth the minimal prep it requires.
A quick, and probably less messy way than the microwave cinnamon sprinkling thing, is throwing a sweet potato or two in your juicer and taking it on the go. Here are some recipes sure to pack some sweet veggie power.
1 small or medium sweet potato, cut into quarters if necessary for it to fit through the juicer
1 large (or two small) red bell pepper
2 large stalks celery
1 1/2 inch knob of ginger
Run all ingredients through your juicer, and serve.
Courtesy of Choosing Raw
Though they may be on the funny looking side, consuming winter squash is an easy, low-fat way to take in much needed vitamins and supplements that are often lacking in the average diet. They are heart friendly and contain a ton of potassium. One of the biggest pluses is that winter squash is a source of lutein, a powerful antioxidant this is used to prevent and treat a number of conditions by minimizing free radicals. Even the seeds contain tryptophan, an essential amino acid often used in the treatment of depression.
Here's a simple recipe using butternut squash as it's main ingredient.
“Vegetable Magnetism” Midday Carrot Squash Cleansing Juice
- 4 carrots
- 1 cup peeled butternut squash
- Half cucumber
- Half-inch piece of ginger
- sprinkle of cinnamon
- Process all ingredients through your Omega Juicer.
- If using this juice as part of the 3 DAY WINTER CLEANSE, strain this juice and dilute with equal parts filtered water.
- If not juice fasting, you can consume this juice unstrained.
- Makes one 16-ounce glass.
Courtesy of The Blender Girl
For more Fall juicing recipes check out Fall Juicing: The Incredible Edible Pumpkin.