I do blender juicing. .....save the arguments about how this isn't true juicing....
Because I use a blender it means I need ice cubes or to use the puree setting with added water. I used extra water today.
There are several recipes for beet juice, some with carrot and celery, some without. The recipe used depends on individual needs and preferences. This is the recipe I made today.
1 cup water
1 small beet, cut into 1 inch pieces
1.5 small apples, skin on half of one, fully peeled the other, cut into small pieces
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, peeled
- Because I'm using a blender and not a juicer, I started with my liquid ingredient.
- Using the skin or peel of the fruits will give added nutrients.
- I used the pulp setting to get it all smoothed out, turned it to blend then added extra water at the very end.
I did not strain my juice because I knew I wasn't going to eat today. If I don't want it next time then I'll strain it. With this recipe I added extra ginger because I wanted to have a little more pain control. The beet and apple really compliment one another and give a natural sweet flavor that I really enjoy.
What are the benefits of beet juice recipes?
The nutritional value is high. Vitamin A, C, K, iron, magnesium, potassium, on and on and on. It has been used to lower blood pressure. It's been used to for its anti inflammatory properties as well as its antioxidant power. There's a list long list of supposed benefits from beat juice. My main interest is its anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
What are the side effects?
Being uninformed or under informed with juicing or teas can cause more harm than good. Take this juice for instance, due to some of my medication I should not drink this juice very often. A person on blood pressure medication should seek medical advice before trying this. A person with liver damage, a blood disorder or an eating disorder should speak to their doctor before trying juices.
A person may say to him or herself, well, I'm not using this like a medicine. I just want to be healthy. The fact of the matter is, when juicing, it has medicinal properties that can and will affect a person for the positive or negative. No two bodies or health status are shared. What I need for health and wellness is different from what others need. So, if you decide to juice, make sure you do so safely, with good information, and your doctor's approval.
I'm pleased to have a regular source of information from a professional with whom I speak in person and over the phone. He knows my medical history and is able to give me sound suggestions and information. Having a source of information I can trust is most appreciated because there is no tea, juice, root or herb worth messing up the bit of health I have left.
I'm in love with Kale juices. I love Kale with apple and ginger. I love Kale with banana, blueberries and a tad bit of vanilla extract. I'll add flax seed or blackberries, just stuff. Sometimes I go for the fruit smoothie type drink and toss in a bunch of berries, some yogurt and a tad bit of vanilla extract. Adding vanilla is just a taste preference. It compliments the berries.