I absolutely love pepper. I never used to. But now I appreciate it in almost everything.
I even add it to my cold pressed juice recipes. In fact, any recipe that doesn't have the heat from ginger / jalapeno / red pepper is boring to me.
Which is why the Cayenne West is my favourite juice recipe. As health gurus, you already know about the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric. That ancient medicine is a dietary must, only you don’t eat enough of it. So juicing is perfect. A fresh organic root is best but a big teaspoon of powder will do the job too.
Cayenne pepper is similarly powerful. Beyond boosting metabolism, its also one of the best sources of vitamin C. As is lemon. Anti-aging citrus should be in every juice recipe as the natural acidity will extend your shelf life, as well as your juice’s.
The underrated ingredient is the carrot. It may be trendy to criticise the fructose component of this energiser but Dr Norman Walker considered it his favourite ingredient to juice, alongside spinach.
“Rich in Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K. Properly prepared raw carrot juice aids digestion and is valuable in the maintenance of the bone structure that supports our entire body, including the teeth. Even intestinal and liver diseases are sometimes due to the lack of certain vitamins and minerals found in raw carrot juice.”
Dr Walker, a pioneer in plant-based diets, lived to 99 years old. He invented the cold pressed juicer in the 1930s, 80 years before it became internationally popular.
Yeezy, The Juice
- Takes 7 minutes
- Makes 2 serves
- Carrots – 1kg, peeled, removing 1cm from top and bottom
- Lemons – 3, peeled
- Turmeric – 3 thumb size pieces or one heaped teaspoon
- Cayenne pepper – 25g, with seeds
- Juice all the ingredients and enjoy over ice.
- If you don’t have a cold pressed juicer, make sure you consume your juice within 15 minutes of squeezing. The heat and oxygen deteriorates the nutrients.