Juice of the Day: Organic Beet Juice with Carrots & Celery

11:30 AM


I get a lot of flack for it, but I love beets.  I know some people get grossed out by them because of the taste, texture or color, but beets are still one of my favorite things to juice.  Not only do they add a beautiful vibrant red color to your juice, but beets sweeten your juice ever so slightly.  The health benefits are worth any hesitation you may have to try beets in your juice.  Here's one of the easiest recipes for beet juice I know and boy is it yummy!

Beet Juice Recipe with Carrot and Celery

Ingredients
  • 1 small beetroot (the small ones are sweeter!)
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 stalk of celery

Directions
  1. Wash the vegetables using water and a stiff vegetable brush.
  2. Remove the carrot and beetroot tops, and peel the beetroot if its skin is tough. If it has a nice thin skin then just cut off the top.
  3. Slice up the vegetables to fit your juicer.
  4. Juice and serve.

For a sweeter drink I often add an apple, or use 2 apples instead of the carrots.

The green beetroot tops are edible, rich in beta-carotene, and can also be juiced. They have a strong flavor and are rich in oxalic acid which if taken in excess may form kidney stones. I find a little goes a long way.

Health Benefits of Beetroot Juice
Beets have many benefits to the body. It is claimed they have the ability to:
  • clean and build the blood
  • lower blood pressure
  • improve circulation
  • calm the nerves
  • improve the health of the liver, kidneys, and bladder
  • clean the intestines
  • fight cancer
  • improve menstrual problems
  • cure anemia
Beets Nutrition
Not only are raw beets a beautiful color, but they are also packed with nutrients.

Vitamins

Beetroots are a good source of folic acid and vitamin C, plus they contain small amounts of vitamins B1, B2, B3, and vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene.

Minerals

Rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium. Plus smaller amounts of iron, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium.

Amino Acids

While raw beets are mostly water and carbohydrate they also contains small amounts of all the amino acids (protein).

Calories

One 2" (5cm) beetroot contains 35 calories.
If you'd like more raw beetroot nutrition facts go to the USDA National Nutrient Database and enter "raw beets" into the search box.

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