One of the best ways to enjoy them is by preparing natural juice recipes, which, besides being refreshing, nourishes the body and contains all the vitamins and minerals to stay healthy.
Colombian juices are an excellent option when it comes to detoxifying your body and can combat acne and fluid retention. Also, it helps your body recover from the impact of certain food, drink, alcohol and even cigarettes.
It’s important to seek medical advice before beginning a detox, especially if you are pregnant, or breast-feeding. However, if you want to enjoy the incredible juices made with Colombian fruits, the following ones are nutritious and delicious options to enjoy at any time of the day.
1. Beet juice, banana & orange shake
More than 4,000 hectares in the Colombian department of Boyaca are dedicated to growing beets. This vegetable has a sweet taste and it’s high in iron, calcium and vitamin A and C, which makes it the ideal vegetable to prepare a juice to start your day.
Cube half a beet and blend it with one orange and one banana to create a creamy shake, rich in nutrients that will keep your liver and cardiovascular system healthy. If you like it sweet, top it up with honey rather than sugar.
2. Golden berry, carrot & orange juice
Colombia is one of the world’s largest producers of uchuvas, also known as cape gooseberries or golden berries. This small, slightly acidic fruit is a staple in the departments of Cundinamarca, Boyaca, Santander, Antioquia and Nariño. This exotic fruit contains a vital source of Vitamin A, B and C, and also phosphorus, it’s flavour will give a boost to your daily morning orange juice.
To start your day in a different way we recommend preparing this recipe by extracting the juice of a handful of golden berries, one carrot and one orange to create one of the best natural fruit juices. Carrots are rich in Vitamin A too, which is great for your eyes, they also provide Vitamin E and those in the B group, including folates and Vitamin B3.
3. Green juice: Grapes, green apple, avocado & spinach
Colombia’s Valle del Cauca department has some of the biggest vineyards in the country, but its white grapes are not just a vital ingredient in Colombian winemaking. They are much in demand for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties too and can help slow the signs of ageing.
Blend white grapes with green apples, a bunch of spinach and half Colombian Hass avocado to create a green juice filled with nutrients. It’s best consumed on an empty stomach first thing in the morning, it’ll boost your body with vitamins to prepare it for the day ahead.
4. Mango & passionfruit smoothie
The passionfruit is one of Colombia’s most-loved exotic fruit in the world. More than 70% of Colombian passionfruit is grown for export and its ideal for healthy juice blends, thanks to its high Vitamin C and iron content and the fact it’s full of antioxidants.
Mix passionfruit pulp with Colombian mango (varieties include queen mango, sugar mango and apple mango) to create a delicious smoothie. You can also mix this smoothie with sparkling water to create a refreshing, alcohol-free cocktail to enjoy with friends.
5. Green juice: Apple & feijoa
Feijoa is a staple in the Colombian departments of Boyaca, Caldas, Cundinamarca and Antioquia. In the last 15 years its exports have increased, reaching mainly the European market and, especially, Germany.
Feijoa boosts the body’s digestive and cardiovascular systems, it is also used for dermatological use, it is rich in Thiamin and Vitamin C and E. Detoxify your body and improve your immune system with a green juice that blends feijoa pulp with chunks of green apple first thing in the morning.
These are just five natural juice recipes that blend tropical fruit and vegetables grown across Colombia, but you’ll soon discover the country’s natural juice and smoothie options are almost infinite.
Taste as many Colombian fruit and vegetables as you can and create smoothies, shakes and juices that offer unique flavors, textures and health properties. Start your day the best way you can, with a taste of Colombia.
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