Cucumber Blood Orange Juice

You could call me crazy or you could call me sentimental, but I love the bright, summer like colors of citrus; beaming yellows, vibrant greens and oranges like the color of the earth’s core. I don’t know about you, but as we are in the depths of winter, with no excitement or Christmas cheer, the bright sherbet hues of my favorite citrus are a much needed pop of color, in this otherwise dreary time.

Winter is an interesting time as far as hydration is concerned; we are often too cold to desire drinking water, yet our bodies want it more than ever. And when we are under hydrated, toxins aren’t effectively removed from our bodies. Now we are well aware of the benefits of consuming citrus fruits and the positive impact they have on our livers, lemon in particular; but please don’t overlook the merits of the other members of the citrus family.

Blood oranges are in abundance currently, as they can be found in almost every market, meaning blood orange juice is within reach for us all- if I can find blood oranges in Edmonton, I am sure they can be found in your region too! And blood orange juice boasts the same health benefits as its non sanguine brethren, vitamin C and folic acid!

Vitamin C is an antioxidant required for a large number of metabolic functions in the human body, and can aid in repairing tissues and ensuring healthy gums; and vitamin C is abundant in blood orange juice. Another one of the health benefits of Vitamin C is that it aids in healing wounds and shows benefits for the function of the adrenal glands. Seeing as vitamin C is not produced by the body it, therefore, needs to be ascertained from the food we consume.

Folic acid, also known as B9, is a main nutrient component of blood orange juice as well; and if you are or plan on becoming pregnant, load up on folic acid. Folic acid aids in red blood cell formation and thus prevents birth defects. And as we are well into heart health awareness month, it’s worth noting that folic acid helps reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke- score one for blood oranges!

This blood orange juice is one of the simplest juice recipes I’ve concocted in a while- blood oranges and cucumber. I included the cucumber for its high water volume found- anytime that I can hydrate my body, I do; and I also didn’t want to mute the tart sweetness of the blood orange with a competing fruit or vegetable, but I did want to take a tiny but of the edge off this blood orange juice- I’m all about easy sipping!

Cucumber and blood orange juice- bright, light, tart AND sweet!

6 blood oranges
¾ English cucumber

Push all ingredients through a juice and drink immediately or within 12 hours.