With juice shops popping up all over the place, weekly Groupon deals featuring pre-packaged juice plans and affordable juicers available at most major retail chains, it is easy to get your juice on. But if you are new to juicing, the number of choices out there can be intimidating.
This recipe for Beet Pineapple Carrot juice is a great place to start if you are new to the juicing game. It is a sweet and refreshing drink that requires no added sugar and it leave no bitter aftertaste. Served over ice, each ingredient is packed full of beneficial nutrients that will give your body a well deserved pick-me up on a warm summer day. If you don’t have a juicer or aren’t quite ready to commit to one, stop into your nearest juice shop and ask them to whip this up for you. Even the pickiest eater I know enjoyed this drink!
Beets: While the green leaves and stalks are slightly bitter, beet root is recognized for it’s rich purple-red color and it’s sugary-sweet flavor. High in vitamin C, potassium, manganese and fiber, beet root is know to help lower blood pressure and aids in the body’s natural detoxification process. Beets also contains betaine, a nutrient known to help protect cells from environmental damage and reduce inflammation.
Pineapple: In addition to being jammed packed with nutrients such as thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, folate, manganese, and potassium, one cup of pineapple includes 131% of the daily recommended serving of Vitamin C. Fresh pineapple is also the only known source of bromelain, an enzyme that is believed to help reduce joint pain, swelling, bruising and arthritis.
Carrots: Known for their high concentration of beta-carotene, which converts into vitamin A in the body, carrots also contain a slew of other beneficial nutrients like vitamin B6, potassium, copper, folic acid and magnesium. While most people associate carrots with improving vision, they are also anti-inflammatory, and are believed to help lower the risk of coronary disease and cholesterol levels.
Preparing vegetables and fruit at home for juicing:
- Beets: For the most benefits, always look for beets that are firm, plump and preferably organic. You do not want beets to be bruised or wrinkled as their nutritional value will have gone down. Trim off the greens and gently wash outside skin. Use a vegetable peeler or knife to remove outer skin then cut into pieces that will fit in your juicer.
- Pineapple: It is best to use fresh pineapple whenever possible (for more information how to pick and cut fresh pineapple click here). If you are in a rush, most grocery stores have fresh pineapple chunks located in the produce department. If you must use canned pineapple, make sure that is is packed in fresh pineapple juice and not syrup. Pineapple packed in syrup will have sugar added to make the syrup. This drink is sweet enough on it’s own!
- Carrots: Carrots are one of the easiest vegetables to prepare for juicing. Just scrub the veggies to remove and dirt and you are ready to go. No need to peel or chop.