Today, I’m sharing my beets, apples and carrot juice medley recipe. It’s another favorite drink that I love to make especially when I have an excess amount of apples, beets and carrots on hand. So instead of allowing them to go bad, which would be a waste, right? I simply juice them up and enjoy.
This juice is a great detox. If you have over-indulged during a night out or even over the holidays, now is the time to get your body back in sync with a great detox juice. Detox drinks help to flush out the excess toxins in the body. It is also a great way to get vitamins and minerals into the bloodstream quickly without the process of digestion.
I like adding a piece of ginger or lemon to my juices. I find that the ginger gives a warm spicy flavor to the juice and has lots of health benefits, and the lemon really kicks the flavor up a notch. I also like to use some of the juice to make a breakfast smoothie. It combines well with fruits such as banana or pineapple, almond or any other nut milk and gives a natural boost in energy.
I often adhere to the ratio of more vegetables to fruit. Most juice guides recommend a ratio of 80% vegetables to 20% fruit. Although fruit juices are healthy and beneficial in many ways to the body, they are also sweet and can cause a spike in blood sugar levels. This maybe a concern especially if you are diabetic and watching your sugar intake. Fruits can definitely be added to give your drink some sweetness but try not to overdo it.
There are so many combinations out there that you can make, so don’t be afraid to experiment to see what combinations work for you. Some fruits can’t be juiced and some don’t go well together with vegetables. This is due to vegetables and fruit enzymes breaking down or digesting at different rates. The incompatibility may cause flatulence or stomach upset. If you are new to juicing or just want to experiment with recipes you may want to check out The Juicing Collection and All about Juicing websites. They are jammed packed with recipes and juicing tips.
A great way to get vegetables and fruit in bulk for juicing is from your local farms and farmer’s markets, CSA shares, buying fruits and vegetables that are in season or if you grow your own vegetables and fruits, that’s even better. These methods save you money as you can get them at a reduced cost; it helps your local farmers and helps to reduce your carbon footprint on the environment.
Don’t forget about the pulp. The pulp can be stored in the refrigerator or frozen for later use in stews, soups, muffins and cakes. If you have a garden, you can certainly put it in your compost pile for your plants. In the event you’re wondering what type of juicer I use, I use the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer I received it as a gift from my parents several years ago and it’s still going ? Feel free to check it out.
- 1 lb small carrots
- 2 inch piece of ginger
- 2 lbs beets or 3 large beets
- 2 lbs apples
- Wash and scrub vegetables thoroughly
- Cut to the appropriate size for your juicer
- Place in juicer and juice according to your juicer's recommendations
- When complete, garnish with sprigs of parsley and ice (optional)
Place the ginger in the juicer first before juicing the fruits and vegetables. The fruits and vegetables with a higher water content will help to move the ginger through the juicer.