If you are tired of the same-old choice of juices in the supermarket, try this twist on apple juice. Apple Fig Blackcurrant Pear & Carrot Juice is easy to make and loaded with nutritious goodies. Make room in your refrigerator.
After overloading you with cake last week I really thought I should lighten the load today. So that’s what I’ve done. I’ve taken some ordinary apple juice and added a basketful of wholesome ingredients to bring to you, fresh from my blender, this superbly happy, blushing in the glass, Apple Fig Blackcurrant Pear & Carrot Juice. It sits there looking smug. A bit like a triple chocolate layer cake… only ever so slightly more healthy. And more pink.
Definitely more pink.
Um… do I actually need to continue or has the list of goodies thrown into the mix and the beautiful colour already sold you on this wonderful juice?
I’ve classed this drink as a juice, due to the large volume of liquid to fruit, but really, it’s midway between a juice and a smoothie (due to the large volume of solid fruit & veg blended in). No really, it’s definitely a juice… I think. Regardless, it is a fresh, fruity, bounty of flavours all partying in my blender like it’s 1999.
Each glassful of this juice is bright, cheerful and guaranteed to satiate any rumbly tummy that’s trying to resist opening the cookie jar.
Now I’ve told you why you’ll enjoy drinking this Apple Fig Blackcurrant Pear & Carrot juice, let me briefly dive into one of my nerdier blogging moments and tell you more about the exceptional nutritional virtues of this drink. Ready?
- Apple juice is a nutritional powerhouse with around 10 different vitamins present. It also contains phytonutrients, which are believed to help counter a number of health issues, including asthma and blood pressure
- Figs are high in natural sugars, minerals and soluble fibre. They are also rich in minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper. Figs are a good source of the antioxidant vitamins A, E and K that contribute to health and wellness
- Blackcurrants are brimming with vitamin C and anthocyanin – two important disease fighting antioxidants – and one of the reasons why blackcurrants are cited to promote health and prevent diseases
- Carrots are rich in beta-carotene and fibre content. They are also a good source of antioxidant agents. Oh and they are abundant in vitamins A, C, K, B8. And carrots provide healthy levels of pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese. All round good guys
But it’s pears that I want to shine my spotlight on today. They really are one of our best fruity buddies:
- Pears are one of the highest fibre fruits which is great for helping to keep cholesterol levels down
- They also contain impressive levels of vitamins C, K, B2, B3, & B6 and an army of minerals such as: calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese. Since vitamin C and copper are antioxidant nutrients, eating pears is a good way to naturally boost your immune system
- Pears also contain boron – needed by our bodies to retain calcium – so the pear can also be linked to prevention of osteoporosis
- It’s a hypoallergenic fruit, meaning that people with food sensitivities or allergies can usually eat pears with no adverse effects
If you want to read up some more on the goodness of pears hop over to PopSugar.
Nerd alert over. But the point is, not only is this fruity blend bang on in terms of flavour and appearance, it’s supercharged with goodness. Go blend.
- 750 ml/ 3 cups Cloudy apple juice (not from concentrate)
- 1 Medium carrot (50g/ 2oz)
- 50 g/ 2 oz Blackcurrants (fresh or frozen)
- 1 Fig
- 1 Ripe pear
- 1 tsp Lemon juice
- Begin by chopping the carrot roughly and plunging into boiling water for 2-3 minutes to soften it. Drain and plunge into iced water to stop the cooking process
- Peel & core the pear and roughly chop
- Put all of the ingredients into a blender and whizz for 1-3 minutes until smooth
- Allow the froth to settle for 5-10 minutes, stir and pour into a 1 litre container
- Store in the fridge for up to 3 days, shaking gently before decanting into glasses
1. The quantities listed make approximately 1 litre of juice. 2. Natural separation may occur when stored in the fridge - just shake gently before serving 3. I peeled my pears since I do not have a super-power blender. If you have such a blender then (I'm jealous) you could try leaving the skin on the pear. Let me know how it goes if you try it.