Drinking fresh vegetable and fruit juices is one of the easiest ways to add vitamins and minerals to your diet. Vegetables are particularly versatile because they can be used both in sweet drinks and in savoury, even spicy, mixtures for sophisticated cocktails. Serve this bright example at any time of day for an instant lift.
For a fruity beetroot and celery drink, coarsely grate 1 raw beetroot and slice 2 celery sticks, then blend these with the grated zest and juice of 1 orange and 150 ml (5 fl oz) apple juice. Add a pinch of ground cinnamon and serve in glasses over ice cubes. * For a carrot, ginger and orange pick-me-up, coarsely chop 2 dessert apples, cored, and 2 oranges, peeled, discarding the pips from the oranges, then purée with ½ tsp grated fresh root ginger and 500 ml (17 fl oz) carrot juice.
The vitamin content of this drink easily justifies its title as a pick-me-up. Red peppers are an excellent source of both beta-carotene (which is an antioxidant in its own right and which the body converts into vitamin A) and vitamin C. The tomato juice also provides vitamin C. * Celery provides potassium. In addition, it is a natural diuretic, helping to reduce fluid and salt retention, and is therefore an aid in treating high blood pressure.
A, C * E * B6, folate, niacin, potassium