Some of you guys have noticed Bella’s Favorite (Pineapple, Apple, Mint) has been wiped off the menu in the shop this month. In between the tears and feet stamping (just kidding) I have been sharing with everyone why this gem of a juice is MIA right now. As you have probably noticed, its Winter. Winter is not a friend to mint, nor to pineapple, and the quality of the ingredients I was getting was just not up to snuff. Fear not, Bella’s Favorite will be back this Summer with fresh mint grown on my rooftop and the juiciest and best tasting pineapple I can find. In the meantime, we are fully embracing Winter in here (if you can’t beat ’em….) and have added a new seasonal juice to the menu in place of Bella’s Favorite, The Roots.
The Roots is a seasonally appropriate blend of Sweet Potato, Carrot, Beet, Ginger Root, and a little Apple….with a dash of cinnamon on top, should you be interested in spicing up your life. All of the sweet potatoes, beets, and carrots are local and organic from our friends at Denison Farm in Schagticoke, NY. As always, our apples are local as well. We are committed to sourcing ingredients locally, whenever possible, and this means juicing a lot of seasonal produce and getting creative with what’s growing here, now. This sweet and spicy juice is turning out to be a Winter favorite and we hope you come try it soon.
A few people have asked us is we cooked the sweet potatoes before we juiced them and no, we do not cook anything before juicing it, ever. Sweet potatoes definitely give a little bit of that starchy taste and feel, but are SO good for you, especially in their raw state. Honestly, I knew they were good for you and tasted amazing, but didn’t realize what a powerhouse they were until reading up on them when creating The Roots.
SWEET POTATO CHEAT SHEET:
1. They are high in vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 helps reduce the chemical homocysteine in our bodies. Homocysteine has been linked with degenerative diseases, including heart attacks.
2. They are a good source of vitamin C. While most people know that vitamin C is important to help ward off cold and flu viruses, less people realize that Vitamin C plays an important role in bone and tooth formation, digestion, and blood cell formation. It helps accelerate wound healing, produces collagen which helps maintain skin’s youthful elasticity, and is essential to helping us cope with stress. Yes, it’s better than you even thought.
3. They contain Vitamin D which is critical for immune system and overall health at this time of year. Both a vitamin and a hormone, vitamin D is primarily made in our bodies as a result of getting adequate sunlight. Vitamin D plays an important role in our energy levels, moods, and helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth, and it supports the thyroid gland.
4. Sweet potatoes contain iron. Most people are aware that we need the mineral iron to have adequate energy, but iron plays other important roles in our body, including red and white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper immune functioning, and the metabolizing of protein.
5. Sweet potatoes are a good source of magnesium, which has been hailed as is the relaxation and anti-stress mineral. Magnesium is necessary for healthy artery, blood, bone, heart, muscle, and nerve function, yet experts estimate that approximately 80 percent of the population in North America may be deficient in this important mineral.
Soooo, if this delicious, anti-stress, mood lifting, delicious miracle of a vegetable sounds like something you’re into, make sure to grab The Roots before it’s gone.