Real Food Recipes

Need an Energy Boost? Try Beet Juice

June 9, 2017

It’s another wonderful Sunday morning – the sun is shining, the matcha is hot and I just got home from the grocery store with a big bag of produce for juicing. I love picking out fresh veggies to take home and create new juice recipes with. There is something about combining all that goodness into a single super powered beverage that I just can’t get enough of. The star of today’s juice menu? Beets!

Beets are an incredible little vegetable that most of us don’t get enough of in our daily lives. With a subtly sweet and earthy taste, they make a delicious addition to your juice. Not only do they taste great but you can feel great eating them because of the good that they do for your body. Beets are full of nutrients, including vitamin B, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese. They also contain amino acids that are beneficial for your liver and have strong anti-oxidant properties that battle free radicals and inflammation.

What has to be the coolest thing about beets, is that they are powerful vasodilators. This means that when you eat (or drink) beets, nitric oxide is produced which causes your blood vessels to expand. The expansion of blood vessels increases nutrient delivery throughout your system and improves circulation which acts to lower blood pressure. This also allows more oxygen to flow through your system, giving you increased stamina, energy, endurance and vitality. One study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology concluded that drinking beet juice increased cyclist performance by allowing them to fully exert themselves 15% longer than non-beet juice drinkers[1]. So, anytime you are looking for a great all natural energy boost, try beets! It could work wonders before your next vinyasa flow class.

Best Beet Juice Recipe

You will need: mason jars and a juicer

Yields: 2 large mason jars

Prep time: 5 minutes

Juice time: 15 minutes

Clean time: 5 minutes

The Goodness that Goes Into It

  • 4 beets, including beet greens
  • 1 bunch of spinach
  • 1 bunch of celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 piece of ginger

How to Create

  1. Prepare your vegetables by washing and cutting them into pieces that will fit into your juicer.
  2. Feed vegetables through the juicer. For best results, dryer leafy vegetables should be followed by the more water based vegetables to get the most juice from your juicer. For example, juice beets, then beet greens, then cucumber, then spinach, then celery. I leave my lemon and ginger for last so that I can add more if I want a stronger taste.
  3. Pour the fresh juice into air tight mason jars. Enjoy a glass and store the rest in the refrigerator (or make juice cubes…more on that here).

Lastly, make sure that you take your juice pesticide free. You can check out the EWG’s list of the ‘Dirty Dozen’ or the most highly sprayed fruits and vegetables that should always be purchased organic. Celery, cucumbers, and spinach are on the list. You can find the rest by visiting www.ewg.org and searching ‘Dirty Dozen’.

Happy juicing!

Keep Shining — Kate☀️

*Note: This information is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider.

Source
[1] http://jap.physiology.org/content/107/4/1144.long

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