I love freshly juiced vegetables and fruit for an all-natural pick-me-up in the afternoon. My latest juice obsession has been the red beet. Beets are something I usually like in very small quantities, like thin ribbons on top of a salad. However, I absolutely LOVE them in juice form. When pressed through the juicer, the liquid that pours out is a remarkably gorgeous shade of dark magenta. It is one of those colors found in nature that as an artist and one time painter delights me every time. Kind of like purple potatoes, fuchsia dragon fruit, and bright orange sweet potatoes. One of the great things about juicing is you can throw pretty much whatever you want in there. The recipe below is a good place to start, but feel free to add whatever else you want. I occasionally use red pepper, large segments of lemon or lime (to cut the sweetness), red or green apples, ginger, and strawberries (though not all together). The beet/carrot/orange juice is a dark red, somewhat thick, and earthily sweet juice- in other words-perfect for Halloween and the dorky name I chose. On a side note, beets may provide many health benefits like increased energy, improved blood flow (which makes your face nice and glowy!) liver-cleansing, and may lower blood pressure. Sounds great right? So get juicing!
Equipment needed: juicer*
1 large or 2 small red beets, peeled and root end removed
2 fat or 4 skinny carrots
1/3 of a navel orange, peel and all
Juice beets, carrots, and orange. Stir and serve.
(The top has a nice pinky-red froth)
*I juice with a Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor