Brazilians are often regarded as the home of some of the most beautiful women in the world, spawning more than a handful of models and supermodels. Even walking on the beaches and side streets of Rio de Janeiro, it’s easy to see that Brazilian women love to take care of themselves and look good. It’s common for women there to make weekly trips to the salon for manicures, pedicures, skin and hair treatments, and waxing. But another aspect of staying beautiful is certainly the Brazilian diet, which features a range of diverse produce that is grown locally.
Drinking fruit juices is a big deal in Brazil, not only for their cool and refreshing flavors, but for their inherent health benefits. The variety and amount of fruits grown in Brazil is huge, which means that juice vendors are commonplace on streets, in shopping malls, and on beaches. While fruit juices have always been popular, the idea of adding non-fruit ingredients just recently became popular.
Mint is a relatively recent addition that is quickly becoming an available ingredient at almost any juice stand, bar, or restaurant. Also, vegetables are adding different flavor combinations and more nutrients to the menu. Brazilians enjoy any combination of fruits for flavorful juices. While some Brazilian fruits come straight from the Amazon and are hard to find elsewhere in the world, there are still some delicious and nutritious recipes that you can make at home with ingredients easily found in any grocery store. And remember: you look good when you drink good!
Pineapple and Mint Juice
One of the most popular juices in Brazil right now is pineapple and mint juice. It offers a unique flavor profile: the sharp coolness of mint combined with the fruity tang of pineapple. This drink is refreshing on those hot, sticky Brazilian days. Remember, when you’re buying pineapple, the more yellow and stronger scented it is, the riper it is. Here’s the recipe:
- Cut two pieces of pineapple that have been peeled and cored into 1-inch cubes and add them to your blender.
- Add a glass of ice cold water and ¾ C ice cubes for a nice chill. The less water you add, the thicker it will be.
- Add a handful of mint leaves. You can add a bit of sugar to taste if you want.
- Blend well until ingredients are well incorporated and texture is smooth. Taste and adjust ingredients to taste, blending after each addition.
- Serve immediately and keep a straw or stirrer on hand in case the mixture separates.
Orange and Carrot Juice
Oranges are a great source of vitamin C, calcium, and potassium. Carrots are a great addition to juice because they are filling and very nutritious thanks to carbohydrates and vitamin K. To make this juice:
- Make sure carrots and oranges are refrigerated before making the juice.
- Peel carrots and cut into small, bite-sized pieces. Add to blender.
- Peel the orange and break off the pieces with your fingers. Make sure the pulp is removed. Add to blender.
- Add cold water and ice cubes (remember, less water leads to a thicker juice)
- Blend well and serve immediately.
Emily Kaltman writes for Estancia Churrascaria in Austin, Texas. She enjoys writing about Brazilian food and culture.