Do you juice? I love to make fresh vegetable juice. I don’t think it’s magic or a substitute for eating lots of whole fruits and vegetables, but I do think that it can be a terrific addition to an already healthy diet. And for people who really do struggle to eat enough f/v, it can be an assist. I do NOT think it’s a substitute for healthy eating. Juice cleanses and fasts are also not on my agenda, as they are (1) unnecessary and (2) can be harmful when not done safely or when someone has underlying health issues. Also, I don’t necessarily think it’s a good idea to drink a lot of fruit juice, since it’s high in calories, sugar, and does not provide the satiety (fullness) of just eating the whole fruit.
All that said…this is my favorite juice. Here’s why:
- It tastes delicious…to me. It’s spicy from the ginger, earthy from the beets and slightly sweet from the apples. It’s almost like a cool salad in a glass.
- It’s PACKED with nutrition. Beets contain a nutrient called betalains that have been associated with reduced blood pressure and have anti-inflammatory action. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory effects. Carrots are a concentrated source of beta-carotene, a type of antioxidant. Plus…celery and cucumber are both known to have a mild diuretic effect (which is helpful if you’re bloated from PMS…I’m just sayin). And the apples make the whole thing taste great.
I’ve been playing with videos, because I want to start sharing some with you. As my debut, I’m posting here my very first instructional video. I know, it’s not great. But keep in mind that I had a toddler strapped to my leg and two pups hovering around my feet hoping that they might catch something falling from the counter. Ha! And I know that I said “so” and “and” too many times. Next one will be a bit more professional; I promise. Anyway, try this juice and let me know what you think!