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Cucumber Grapefruit Refresher

Jun 19, 2015 BY Joy McCarthy

It's time to dust off that juicer and bring it out from storage because there's nothing quite as refreshing in the warm weather as a fresh, raw juice.

I created this recipe the other day on a bright and sunny afternoon. I knew exactly what I was going to make because it was sitting in my Organics Live food delivery box -- a juice with grapefruit, cucumber and a couple more ingredients I had in my fridge. It was just what I and my sweet bambina needed :)

Both grapefruit and cucumber are extremely hydrating foods. In fact, grapefruit is about 90% water and cucumbers have a whopping 96% water! Take about a hydrating drink for your skin.

Nutritional Highlights

Cucumber

  • Rich source of vitamin C which is a potent antioxidant that mops free radicals that can otherwise damage your heart and age your skin.
  • Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to promote joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. It is also known as a beauty nutrient because it strengthens hair and nails, only if you juice the peel.
  • Cucumbers are rich in vitamin A, B1, B6 & D, folate, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

Grapefruit

  • Also rich in vitamin C
  • Rich in an antioxidant called lycopene which you may have heard of as it relates to tomato paste. Lycopene has the highest capacity to help fight oxygen free radicals, which are compounds that can damage cells. This can only be found in pink and red grapefruit NOT white.
  • There are phytonutrients in grapefruit called limonoids that work magic by inhibiting tumor formation by promoting the formation of glutathione-S-transferase, a detoxifying enzyme.

If you're a regular reader of joyous health then you probably use ginger regularly because it is incredibly anti-inflammatory and you can read more about the health benefits here, plus find all my gingery recipes too!

The addition of the lime adds more vitamin C and hydration. And the hot chili pepper is an option. Foods that create heat in the body increase your metabolism and can help to fight infection too, especially if you're coming down with a cold or flu.

I created a recipe video for you... here it is, and the full recipe is listed below.

Straw + Spoons
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 or 2 limes
  • Chunk of ginger
  • Optional: Hot chili pepper
  • 1 cup sparkling water
Instructions
  1. Using a juice extractor, run your cucumber, grapefruit, ginger and lime through the juicer. Every juicer is different but mine yields about 1 cup fresh raw juice.
  2. To this I added some carbonated water to give it an effervescent taste.

Now you don't have to add the sparkling (carbonated) water, you could just enjoy as is. Walker and I have soda stream at home that we use to make our filtered alkaline water bubbly. Once I became pregnant all I wanted was refreshing bubbly drinks. Since champagne was off the table (hehehe) making these types of refreshing drinks was and IS the next best thing!

I hope you enjoy this fresh, raw juice recipe.

Wishing you joyous health,

Joy

Jun 19, 2015 BY Joy McCarthy
7 Comments
Ruby   •   June 23, 2015

Hi Joy, You mention that you drink filtered alkaline water. Have you written any articles about this process, and how we can get alkaline water at home? I drink ionized water, and it's been great for my skin. I'm wondering if there is a more natural way to get alkaline water?

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   June 23, 2015

Hi Ruby, Joy uses Santevia water filters to alkalinize her water. You can find out more about them here: http://santevia.com/ Kate - Joyous Health Team


Leigha Pidde   •   July 3, 2015

Hi Joy. I love your website and happen to be browsing through this morning and your grapefruit cucumber spritzer caught my eye. I didn't read the ingredient list (had to get the kids out the door) but just made my own version using the obvious grapefruit and cucumber as the jumping off point. I added fresh mint, celery, power greens, coconut water as well and its delicious!!! Love it. Thank you for the inspiring recipes. I will try your version tomorrow. Have a great day!

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Joy McCarthy   •   July 5, 2015

That sounds amazing! Glad you enjoyed it!! Thanks for writing Leigha :)


meredith   •   July 25, 2015

Hi What kind of juicer do you recommend? I know they can be quite expensive but do you know of an entry level one that you like?? Thanks! Meredith

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   July 28, 2015

Hi Meredith, Breville makes some great juicers at a variety of price points. Kate - Joyous Health Team


gail   •   January 27, 2016

Thank you... definitely going to try this one. I also have a great juice, somewhat similar. 1/2 grapefruit, 1/2 lemon, 1 large clove garlic, chunk ginger... juice and then add 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil..... very tasty.

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