I am going to tell you something right in the beginning – I can't stand beets….but I DO love this Beet Juice Surprise!
Seriously – whenever I tell anyone that this is my favorite juice, they will usually tell me that I would just LOVE the way they prepare beets. Nope – not going to happen. You can roast them, pickle them, saute them….I'm not going to like them!
But I do recognize how good for you beets are and I have been having some health issues that, according to Dr. Google, could be helped with beets (among other things – don't worry -I am seeing a doctor and we are trying to figure everything out!). Some of you may remember when I did a 10 Day Juice Fast a while ago and one of the juices that I was supposed to drink was beet-based and I just about gagged.
That's why I call this juice “Beet Juice Surprise” – because you will be surprised at how much you like it! The grapefruit and lime do a nice job of cutting the “earthy” flavor of the beets. I always have a batch of this in my refrigerator (or the ingredients to make a batch).
So why do I call this a liver-cleansing juice (that is also good for your gallbladder)? Because of what is in it:
- Beets & Carrots – both are very high in beta-carotene and plant-flavonoids which (among other things) promote healthy liver function
- Grapefruit & Lime – the high amounts of vitamin C and antioxidents help to naturally flush toxins from the liver
- Apples – high in pectin, they help to cleanse and release toxins in the digestive tract….making it easier for the liver to do it's job!
This recipe has evolved over time. When I first started making it, I would only add 1 or 2 small beets (about the size of a golf ball). These days, I use a beet about the size of a baseball (or the equivalent in smaller beets, depending on what is available). If you aren't used to the taste, you might want to start with the small beets. Additionally – make sure to scrub your beets well. The ones that I buy tend to have a fair amount of dirt on them.
This recipe will make about 32 oz of juice using my Breville Juice Fountain. Depending on how good a job your juicer does, you might get a little more or less juice out of it.
You can store the leftovers in the refrigerator for about 2 or 3 days (although I drink it all in 2 days). Just make sure to give it a stir before you pour it in your glass because it WILL separate!
- 1 large beet, greens removed and scrubbed well
- 2 Ruby Red grapefruits, peeled
- 1 lb carrots
- ½ - 1 lime, peeled
- 2 medium gala apples, seeds and stem removed
- If using a juicer: Process all ingredients through your juicer, per manufacturers instructions
- If using a blender: Place all ingredients in the blender with 2 cups of water. Blend and then strain any solids out using a colander or cheesecloth