I'll let you in on a little secret, I'm not a huge fan of beets. I've tried to embrace them plenty of times- roasted, picked, sautéed, and juiced. They always have that earthy taste that I am just not crazy about. The first time I did a raw cleanse, I forced myself to juice quite a few of them because I knew they were good for me. I still wasn't crazy about them though.
Why keep eating them? Beets contain some neat-o compounds called betalains. Betalains perform many functions including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification of the body.
Beets have a super high concentration (all of that crazy red-purple color) in their root which makes them an awesome source. Betalains have also been shown to shrink the size of tumors!! Amazing right? They also contain high levels of folate, manganese, potassium and Vitamin C.
So I feel compelled to eat beets. I figure if I eat them long enough I'll learn to like them right? I've tried a lot of different ways to eat my beets and this juice is by far my favorite. So what's the secret to tasty beet juice when you don't like beets? This guy:
I've tried carrot-beet-ginger juice before and it is not the same. Add in an apple and it's awesome! Something about the combination makes the beet not only bearable, but tasty. And it looks so beautiful too!
Those betalains I was telling you about are heat sensitive, so juicing is the perfect way to maximize your intake. If you're not a fan of beets like me, go ahead and try this juice, you might just change your mind!
Carrot Beet Juice
3/4-1 inch piece of ginger, peeled
1 medium beet, peeled and sliced
5 large carrots, peeled or washed
1 apple, cored and sliced
Chop your goods so they'll fit in the juicer.
Run everything through your juicer. (If you don't have a juicer, you can still make this! Check out this post for directions)
Check out your gorgeous juice...
And then drink right away to get the maximum nutrients!
It's good stuff.
My kids love this stuff. Lest you be confused about the face he's making, this was what happened when I told him all the juice was gone.
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