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With the winter season in full swing and a chill in the air, fresh salads are disharmonious for your body.
Unless you live where it is sunny year-round, chances are that the winter season brings a limited variety of vegetables for you to enjoy.
Raw vegetables are most accessible and best eaten during the warmer spring and summer months.
At your local market, you may find sweet winter gourds like acorn and butternut squash. When you cook any vegetable, especially a winter vegetable, you begin the process of breaking down plant fibers.
If you have a history of digestive issues, cooking your vegetables can make your food easier to digest.
Unfortunately, high heat also can destroy some of the nutrients and vitamins found in vegetables. Slow cooking at lower heats is one great approach.
Give your body a boost of friendly bacteria this winter with a Body Ecology fermented vegetable juice smoothie! This delicious smoothie is made with winter veggies like cabbage, carrots, and squash, as well as warming spices like garlic, cinnamon, or ginger.
During the first stage of the Body Ecology Diet, we discourage pure vegetable juice. This is because when we juice anything, we remove the fiber.
Without fiber, juice becomes more expansive, and we metabolize it quickly. This creates an effect similar to sugar.
If you feel queasy, dizzy, or hyperactive after drinking vegetable juice, this is a sign that it is too expansive for your body. It is especially important to keep this in mind if you are considering a vegetable juice cleanse or if you would like to juice sweet vegetables, such as carrots and beets.
Instead of juicing and completely removing the fiber, we recommend blended smoothies. Blended smoothies still contain fiber, but they are more digestible than raw vegetables or vegetable juice.
For example, you may find that you feel gassy, bloated, or crampy after eating raw vegetables. If this is the case, try blended smoothies instead.
Better yet, you can ferment your blended smoothie with Body Ecology’s Culture Starter.
The gut houses trillions of bacteria, most of which are beneficial to the body. They do things like:
Best of all, fermented vegetable juice is brimming with beneficial bacteria that can help with digestion and give your immune system a little extra nourishment over the winter season.
Choose a variety of hearty winter vegetables such as:
Cut all your vegetables into thumb-size pieces. Add to your blender.
Next, add just one warming spice. Some examples of our favorite warming spices include:
Finally, cover the vegetables and warming spice with water and blend well. After the vegetables and warming spice are blended, add one packet of Body Ecology’s Culture Starter into the blender. You can stir the starter with a wooden spoon or blend gently for 1-3 seconds.
Transfer your blended smoothie to an airtight glass jar and allow it to culture for at least 24 hours. Be sure to place your smoothie someplace warm. Warmth will encourage the bacteria in the starter culture to grow and multiply.
Once the vegetable smoothie has fermented, strain it to remove the pulp and refrigerate. Don’t worry about the juice being too expansive or difficult to digest. Once the mixture is fermented, the pulp is no longer necessary.
Enjoy your fermented, blended vegetable juice after meals, before bedtime - really, any time you need a little extra support!
Salads are disharmonious for the body during the cold winter season. Fortunately, winter vegetables like acorn and butternut squash are readily available for slow cooking to preserve their nutrient content.
You can also enjoy vegetable juice throughout the winter with a fiber-rich, blended smoothie. For many people, a blended smoothie is more easily digestible than both raw vegetables and vegetable juice. Blended smoothies are best made with Body Ecology’s Culture Starter to supply the body with friendly bacteria to regulate immunity, reduce inflammation, and repair the gut lining.
Try our Body Ecology fermented juice tonic recipe using cabbage, carrots, and squash with warming spices like ginger, cayenne, cardamom, cinnamon, or garlic. The blended smoothie is easy to make and ferment within 24 hours to enjoy throughout the day and any time you need an extra boost!
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