Do you find it hard to be healthy during the week? Try substituting a glass of chocolate milk for this delicious strawberry juice! This recipe will give you all the benefits of strawberry, ginger and lime while tasting like a dessert. No juicer needed: make it with a blender!
I’m not used to drinking anything but water (and coffee) during the week. But there’s always a day when I feel the need to have something sweet to go with my toast. If I could, I would have a gigantic piece of cake every day, cause there’s nothing better than the feeling of a sweet, fluffy cake in your mouth.
Well, I’m trying to cut by half my sugar intake during the week, so I had to get creative. And why not get creative and a little healthy at the same time?
If you’re looking for a sweet fix but don’t want to feel guilty, and you feel like doing a detox, this recipe is for you.
How to store strawberries
Strawberries are delicate berries that tend to lose its freshness easily. Let me give you a few tips to maintain them fresh for longer:
- Wash and dry each of them on the same day you bought the berries, and store them into an airtight container inside your fridge.
- Use vinegar to keep them fresh for longer. Water-bath them for 5 minutes with ¼ cup vinegar and 1 ½ cup of water. Wash off the vinegar, dry them and store like above.
- If you don’t want to wash the berries, just cut the stem off and store inside your fridge, using an airtight container.
But if you plan to use your strawberries right away, just leave them in their original packaging on the countertop, or inside the fridge.
It’s said that the combination ginger-strawberry-lime makes a fair anti-inflammatory juice and also helps with swelling. But is that true?
Let me break it down for you ingredient by ingredient.
Strawberries. This fruit is low in sugar and full of vitamin C and other antioxidants. Sounds good, right? It gets better: vitamin C is a skin beautifying, as it can prevent premature aging. Now that’s the kind of sweet I’m talking about!
Ginger. It stimulates the digestive tract and helps with inflammation. This root also helps a lot with any kind of nausea, so this recipe is great if you’re feeling a bit under the weather, just like my iced ginger tea.
Lime. Adding some lime juice makes all the flavors pop! But it’s not just flavor: lime also has high levels of vitamin C, so you’re doubling this vitamin intake on this juice by adding it.
With all that said, we can even add some brown sugar without feeling so guilty, right?
How to make this recipe
For this recipe to work, you’ll need:
- Ginger (root or powder);
- Brown Sugar;
- Ice cubes;
- and a blender.
Start by gathering the ingredients. Wash the strawberries, peel the ginger root, juice the lime and measure water and sugar.
Add all ingredients to the blender’s cup. Place all ingredients together but ice cubes.
Blend for 2 minutes. Make sure you blend until all the ingredients are combined. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer if you prefer.
Serve with ice cubes. Fill half of a tall glass with ice cubes and pour the juice. Serve right away.
Tips for the best strawberry juice
- For an extra-cold juice with fewer ice cubes, make sure all ingredients are stored in your fridge before using;
- Sweeter strawberries make a sweeter and more tasty juice;
- If using ginger root, make sure to get a young root, as old ones tend to have too much fiber;
- For a twist, substitute half of the water for sprinkle water. Remember to add this ingredient only after blending.
Can I substitute brown sugar for another ingredient? Try honey, molasses, or even a sweetener.
Can I substitute the lime for lemon juice? Yes, it’s ok to use lemons if you prefer that way.
How long does it keep?
It’s best to drink after you make it, as it is for all juices.
Serve it in a tall glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with a strawberry slice and use a reusable straw for the days you’re feeling fancy.
More juice recipes
- 2 cups strawberries, hulled
- 4 tablespoon ginger, peeled and cut
- 3 cups water
- 3 tablespoon lime juice
- 3 tablespoon brown sugar
- Peel and cut the ginger root. Clean and hull the strawberries.
- In a blender, add the ginger, strawberries, water, lime juice and brown sugar. Blend for 2 minutes.
- If wanted, strain through a fine mesh strainer.
- Serve it with ice.
For an extra-cold juice with fewer ice cubes, make sure all ingredients are stored in your fridge before using.
Sweeter strawberries make a sweeter and more tasty juice.
If using ginger root, make sure to get a young root, as old ones tend to have too much fiber.
For a twist, substitute half of the water for sprinkle water. Remember to add this ingredient only after blending.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 138Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 4gSugar: 25gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information is an estimate only and will vary depending on the substitutions made and/or brands used.