Three Benefits of Cayenne Pepper in Juice

I never imagined that adding cayenne pepper to a juice could taste so good. I’ve always considered it to be a spice that adds a little extra bang to my Latin dishes. But topping off some of my favorite juice recipes with a couple of dashes of that powerful little pepper not only provides a nice, unexpected twist, it has incredible health benefits too. 

Three benefits of Cayenne Pepper:

  • Cayenne Pepper helps stimulate blood circulation which results in our bodies working more efficiently. Good blood circulation means more oxygen circulation and that always helps keep my energy levels up.
  • Cayenne has been known to suppress the appetite and revs up metabolism. Seriously, who doesn’t want that?
  • Probably a no-brainer, but cayenne clears up the sinus cavities. For me, juicing is all about cleansing out toxins and adding to my body what it really needs. Being allergy prone, I sometimes suffer from a stuffy or runny nose or I wake up feeling congested. Cayenne helps clear out all that “gunkiness” and helps me breathe again.

You can add cayenne pepper to just about any juice recipe, but today, I thought I’d share one of my personal favorites: The Citrus Cayenne Kicker.

This juice tastes amazing and not to mention, it strengthens the immune system with all that Vitamin C. This recipe is enough for one serving but I love this juice so much, I make it in huge batches. If you’re not used to cayenne, start out with just a tiny bit and then add more if you’d like. Also, many people don’t really care for the taste of ginger. If that’s the case, feel free to leave it out. Either way, give this juice a try, I bet it will soon become one of your favorites too. Here’s what you’ll need:

Citrus Cayenne Kicker

1 large orange

1/2 lemon

1 medium apple (fuji, honey crisp, gala or golden)

1 thumb ginger

2 dashes cayenne pepper

Process the apples and ginger through a juicer and process citrus produce through a citrus press. (Citrus produce may be processed through a regular juicer, but you’ll need to remove all the rinds first or you’ll end up with bitter tasting juice). Combine your citrus and apple juice, giving it a stir and right before serving top with a couple of dashes of cayenne pepper. Enjoy!

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