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Thursday, 1 May 2008

Watercress Juice, my new morning tonic!

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I have heard a lot about the goodness of watercress in general but had never actually done more research on it myself. While I have been wanting to eat mostly raw for a while, actually doing it is another thing. (I would terribly miss cooking and baking!) So I am starting a little at a time. And I have found that consuming mostly raw in the morning is a good easy start. As far as I can, I now eat all my fruits in the morning and by lunchtime.

I have also experimented with juicing. I started with fruits – apple and kiwi, grapefruit, pear and kiwi and a few more combinations.

I tried this watercress juice and it is quite a punch on the stomach the first time I had it. I am now getting used to its peppery taste. I have tried to mix it with carrot juice and a squeezed lemon. It is easier to drink and they add to the essential nutrients.

I remember my Mum used to give me warm watercress juice mixed with honey when I was little and suffering from a bad cough or bronchitis. Warm watercress juice with honey is so sickening! I used to hate it and as a child, I never believed it did anything good to me but make me want to throw up!

I don’t take honey anymore, so no more stomach trauma with that. But plain watercress juice is still very strong on the stomach. With the added carrot juice and a squeezed lemon, it is still quite strong but having read about the benefits I think I am starting to like it. I’ve had it 3-4 times since last week.

For my watercress juice, I used:

About 50 – 75 g watercress
½ lemon, squeezed
1 carrot
½ glass water

  • Blend all ingredients together in a blender and pass through a fine mesh sieve.

If you want to know more on watercress, this site was very helpful to me:

http://www.watercress.co.uk

I learned that the Egyptian Pharoahs served freshly squeezed watercress juice to their slaves each morning and afternoon in order to increase their productivity.

And there are a few interesting recipes too!

3 comments:

  1. watercress juice? Now that I wouldn't have thought of trying because of it's peppery flavour, but in salads I just love it!

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  2. I mixed it with an apple and pear today. And the taste is much better. It's apparently very good, an excellent intestine cleanser.

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  3. yes and with all the stomach cancers popping up over the next year or so everyone iz going to have to know this info... so letz make a range of watercress drinks for health benefits to the body, as a consumer product?

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