It will be clear if you have read previous posts that I am a bit of a sceptic on the diet and psoriasis connection. The reason I write about food and psoriasis is to hopefully give a more realistic view, or the layman’s view. I try out some of the fads and trends and see what they’re like. The option is then up to you if you want to try them out. This month we get to juicing, something I have avoided up until now. Some people call juicing lazy eating which is funny when the reason I have avoided it is probably that I have been too lazy to try it.
I am not here to say if juicing is good or bad for you, as always I must remind you that I am not a dietician or a doctor. So to give juicing a try I scoured the internet and bookshelves on your behalf. There is so much information out there and in the end I settled on a book called “Superjuice” by Michael Van Straten. This was after weeks of trying to beg, borrow or steal a juicer. I actually ended up being given a smoothie maker which makes things even more interesting. So please forgive me for making smoothies rather than juices.
Primary Pepper Punch
I chose a few recipes I thought sounded both tasty and appeared to aid healthy skin. The first of these was Primary Pepper Punch.
- 2 carrots, unpeeled, remove top & bottom
- 1 small beetroot, unpeeled and with leaves
- 1 stick of celery with leaves
- ½ each of a red and yellow pepper deseeded.
As I had a smoothie maker, I chopped everything quite small and added some ice and water. This was the basic routine for all the following recipes and I also made sure I washed everything thoroughly. The reason I chose this recipe is that it has a high level of antioxidants which are said to help maintain healthy skin. This drink has beta-carotene, vitamins A & C, folic acid and potassium. It is well known that beetroot is very good for the liver too. It looks fantastic with that deep red colour of beetroot and tastes pretty good. Not a bad start to the adventure.
The next drink I tried was “Kohl Slaw”. The recipe calls for:
- 2 carrots unpeeled, top & bottom removed
- 1 stick of celery with leaves
- 1 small kohlrabi with leaves
- ½ fennel bulb
This wasn’t too successful as firstly I couldn’t find a kohlrabi anywhere. As it is related to the cabbage family I took a gamble with a sweetheart cabbage. It certainly had the flavour of coleslaw and I have to say it was horrible. Coleslaw is not something I really want to have liquidised. The benefit of this drink is the high levels of vitamins A & C and potassium. It is said to have other nutrients that can help reduce the risk of stomach and bowel cancer too. To be perfectly frank with you, I don’t care how good this drink is for you, it is one of the worst things I have ever drunk!
The next attempt is called the “Wrinkle Zapper”. This is just 2 unpeeled apples and 1 ½ cups of pitted cherries. Now, being called the Wrinkle Zapper, you may guess this is aimed at the skin. According to the book this has a large concentration of anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins which are linked to collagen and said to have regenerative and protective properties. Now whether that is true or not, it tastes amazing! I love cherries and if you get dark red super ripe cherries this makes a delicious drink, even my cat took an interest to this one.
Finally, I moved away from the skin related drinks for the last recipe. I find that I can struggle with colds now I have psoriasis and will often drink honey, lemon & ginger tea when I feel sniffles coming on. So, I present to you, “Ginger Spice”.
- 1 carrot unpeeled with top & bottom removed
- 1 apple unpeeled
- 1 orange, peeled.
- ½ cup of fresh root ginger peeled and sliced.
This has a kick to it. The amount of ginger is noticeable when you drink and it really hits the back of your throat. The thing is with this juice is that regardless of whether it really helps fight off any bugs or not, it certainly feels like it does. I actually tried this as I’d been having a few sniffles and a sore throat. I can truthfully say that my throat no longer felt sore after drinking this. As you would expect, it is high in vitamins A & C and also contains fibre. If you have a cold coming on, it is definitely worth a try.
There are my four recipes and now to ask the question, “will I keep on juicing?” My honest answer is probably not. I found it a lot of hassle chopping and blending and the texture at times wasn’t the most pleasant experience. For me, it will be case of continuing to get these vitamins in my body the old fashioned way, by eating them.
This content is not intended to advise you about your health. Always seek advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare professionals.
UK/IE MAT-04605. Date of preparation: August 2016