It’s Monday: Let’s Juice – Beet Red

Hi all!  Happy Monday! Let’s start off the week (and New Year!) on a healthy note.

Let’s talk juices and smoothies!

As you may know, I am an avid lover of juices and smoothies (Juicing for your health).  I seriously credit juicing with maintaining my migraine headaches under control!  Plus, I feel more energized and overall healthier ever since I began juicing.

After all the eating and drinking over the holidays, I think it’s time to get back into a healthy routine.  Today’s recipe will provide a much needed detox and a boost of essential vitamins our bodies will thank us for!

Ingredients:

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  • 1 BEET – chopped into pieces. For a ‘smoother smoothie’, you may consider boiling your beet.  I don’t.  I like to consume it raw
  • 1 APPLE – cored and chopped into pieces
  • 1 LEMON – cut into pieces
  • 1.5 CUPS OF COCONUT WATER

Easy, right?  With just a few ingredients, you will provide your body with well needed iron, vitamins B and C, potassium, fibre, manganese and antioxidants (beets are full of cancer-protective antioxidants!)   Plus, you will detoxify and keep well hydrated!

Blending vs. juicing

I’m a big fan of blending, mainly because smoothies add SO much fibre to my diet and keep me satisfied for much longer.

My Ninja Blender does a beautiful job even with the toughest root vegetables!

If you don’t like all that pulp (hey, it’s OK!), you can opt to use your juicer.  The Omega J8006 and SimpleTaste Electric Masticating have great reviews.

No juicer? No problem! I simply strain with a fine mesh strainer!

A juice can give you a quick energy fix – much quicker than a smoothie, as it absorbs nutrients and sugars into the bloodstream much quicker.

Either way, enjoy the goodness you are giving your body.  You’ll suddenly feel more energized, happy and healthy!

Fun facts I learned:

  • You don’t need to peel your beets, as long as you wash/scrub them really well! (PLEASE wear plastic gloves – beets stain BIG time!)
  • You can store your juice and smoothie for a couple of days in the refrigerator (make a batch for two days!)

 

Cheers to YOUR health!

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