One of the best things about juicing is the vibrant colors. I can’t resist the bright magenta of beet juice. Raw and unpeeled is also the best form to maximize the many health benefits of beets, such as detoxification and anti-inflammatory support . Further, just one cup of beetroot juice is rich in dietary nitrate, which lowers blood pressure by relaxing blood vessel walls and improves blood flow . Beetroot juice can also enhance athletic performance by reducing the amount of oxygen needed during exercise . Go red!
Beets are in season June through October. These ruby bulbs pair nicely, cooked or uncooked with citrus, ginger, apples and mint. So, this juice is zesty in both color and flavor.
Prep the ingredients (ideally organic) using a produce wash and a vegetable scrubber on all but the leafy produce. Even organic produce will likely have traces of pesticides. Next, trim any exposed and damaged spots. Then, simply process the produce through your juicer, skin and all.
The one exception is lemons. Due to their thick rind, I stick with conventional lemons. Most juicers can handle whole lemons. But, the rinds of conventional lemons are covered with fungicides and disinfectants, which do not belong in fresh juice! It only takes a minute to cut away the rinds.
- 1 medium beet
- 1 medium apple
- 2 lemons without rind (about 6 tablespoons)
- 2 inch piece ginger
- 10 celery stalks or one cucumber
- 1/2 cup mint or cilantro sprigs
Yield: 16 ounces
Leftovers? Like all juices, consume immediately to avoid letting the nutrients oxidize and degrade. But, if you have leftovers, do your best to limit the amount of oxygen exposure. The juicing police will not arrest you. Fresh juice popsicles or chia drinks? With an early morning wake-up call, I figure these leftover options are better than no fresh juice at all. There is no fresh juice at airports (yet). Just make sure to fill the juice as close to the top of your containers as possible and enjoy within 24 hours.
Do you have other ideas for using leftover juice? I would love to hear about them.