Winter juice recipes: Drinks to help you fight off colds

How to boost your fruit and veg intake the easy way

With winter around the corner and colds proving just how common they can be, it’s time to take action by getting more fruit and vegetables into our diets.

The answer? Super-healthy, fresh, homemade juice.

Packed with easily absorbed nutrients, a fresh juice is a great way to kick-start your day and detox your liver (opens in new tab). Juicing can also create low-fat desserts, or help to give your immune system a boost (opens in new tab) when you’re feeling under the weather. Perhaps the best thing about juicing is how easy it is to disguise vegetables by juicing them with some fruit. With luck, your kids will never know!

All you need is a hard-working juicer and some exciting recipe ideas to get started.

By making your own juices, not only will you know exactly what’s gone into it, you’ll be cutting out any added sugar and preservatives that can lurk in shop-bought blends. Once you’re familiar with what the 3-in-1 can do, you can try out your own recipes and experiment with different flavours by mixing and matching your favourite ingredients. The Jason Vale juice diet (opens in new tab) also includes many immune-boosting juice recipes, that are quick and easy to make.

Winter juice recipe ideas

Pick me up juice

• 4 carrots • 2 apples • 3 oranges • Ice cubes Place the juicer attachment onto your 3-in-1 juicer and juice the carrots and apples into the beaker. Attach the citrus press to the juicer and squeeze the juice from the oranges into the beaker. Add the ice and blitz.

Immune-boosting juice

• 2 apples • Handful of spinach leaves • 1 slice of cucumber • 1 slice of lime • Half a celery stick • ¼ pineapple • ¼ avocado • Ice cubes Packed with vitamin C, iron and potassium, this blend will help boost your immune system and fight off illness.

Cold-buster juice

• 2 apples • 2 carrots • 1 slice of lemon • ¼ inch ginger • Ice cubes

This zingy antioxidant mix will put a spring back in your step, and the ginger is also a good natural decongestant.

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