When I stayed in NYC before attending the Woodstock Fruit Festival in 2013, my friend Lee introduced me to Juice Press juice bar. At that time they were a start up business, but now they are much more established with over 60 locations in New York state!
Going into Juice Press felt even more exciting than going out to a bar for cocktails. We tried Ginger shots and took our time looking at the menu deciding what we were going to buy. It was such a natural high being surrounded by the vibrant colours of so many juices! One that caught my eye, although I didn’t buy it, was GLO – Grapefruit, Lemon & Orange. This was a recipe I was already familiar with, but I thought of the name before. Don’t you think it’s cool? Whenever any of my friends tell me they are going to NYC, I always tell them they have to go to Juice Press.
In their paper ‘Nutritional and health benefits of citrus fruits’, Economos and Clay state:
Citrus is most commonly thought of as a good source of vitamin C. However, like most other whole foods, citrus fruits also contain an impressive list of other essential nutrients, including […] potassium, folate, calcium, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and a variety of phytochemicals. In addition, citrus contains no fat or sodium and, being a plant food, no cholesterol. The average energy value of fresh citrus is also low, which can be very important for consumers concerned about putting on excess body weight. For example a medium orange contains 60 to 80 kcal, a grapefruit 90 kcal and a tablespoon (15 ml) of lemon juice only 4 kcal.
This makes me feel confident that drinking a pure fruit juice is great for our health. Contrary to popular belief, as the authors above write, fruits contain loads of nutrition. So drinking the juice of a wide range of fruits and vegetables will help us to get as broad a spectrum of phytonutrients as possible.
- 1 Grapefruit
- 1 Lemon
- 5 Oranges
- Wash non-organic citrus in warm/hot water (I like to rinse off the chemicals that’s on them)
- Thoroughly dry the washed fruits
- Peel and chop all the citrus fruits
- Juice all the ingredients together
- Run a little water through the juicer to make up to desired amount (optional)
- Sieve the juice
Juice Fiend Says
If you use a vertical masticating juicer like me, you may find that some pulp gathers inside the juicer. So pouring a little bit of water through the juicer helps the machine to squeeze out the maximum amount of juice from your produce.