Juice recipe: Big Seven

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There’s been a lot of hoo-ha in the media today about getting your seven a day, revised upwards from five (I’ve known a couple of years that five a day was always considered a ‘bare minimum’ – in other countries it’s ten, and I’m sure I read somewhere today that in Japan it’s recommended you eat seventeen portions of fruit and veg a day – eek!)

Now, I know a lot of people will be wondering how to eat seven portions of fruit and veg a day (and that should be mostly veg, by the way). I’m a terrible one for not eating enough fruit and veg – I’ve really slipped off the healthy wagon recently. Yet, while I was listening to Jeremy Vine debating theĀ  issue on Radio 2 this lunchtime, I found myself shouting at the radio that getting seven portions a day is really easy if you have a juicer. And then shouted at myself for not taking my own advice!

So, I popped off to the kitchen and knocked up this recipe. Rest assured it doesn’t taste as green as it looks – despite the unusual ingredients! It tastes mildly sweet, fairly orangey, very subtle and quite creamy (thanks to the orange pith). I promise you it’s delicious.

With this juice you’ll get the benefits of all the vitamins, minerals and live enzymes from the fruit and veg, but without having to sit there chewing on raw veg or add a portion of veg to your curry (we eat a lot of curries here so that’s how come I don’t seem to get enough veg). And to those of you who will argue that juice will deprive you of essential fibre, I say ‘let he who is without sin cast the first stone’ – if you’re convinced you’ll be lacking in dietary fibre by drinking this juice, just carry on eating what you usually eat (which I trust is very high in dietary fibre) and have this juice as a supplement. There, easy peasy :) Like having your cake and eating it, but with fruit and veg instead of cake :)

Anyway – Big Seven – a juice recipe to help you get your 7-a-day:

  • 1 orange
  • 1 gala apple
  • 2 florets cauliflower
  • 1 handful kale
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 5 Brussels sprouts
  • 1 large carrot

Peel the orange with a vegetable peeler, removing the outer skin but leaving as much white pith as possible on the fruit. Juice the orange slowly to extract as much juice as possible.

Add everything else to the juicer, sandwiching the leaves between the firmer ingredients. Juice into the same jug as the orange juice.

That’s it! Add ice if you want.

I know the Brussels sprouts are going to be a bit of a controversial ingredient – I promise you I couldn’t taste them in the juice, but if you’re that put off by them just replace them with a big chunk of broccoli stem instead :)

As for the name, ‘Big Seven’ – I leave you with this… :)

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