Last weekend I bought a small bundle of three beets from the grocery store with the intent of juicing them on Sunday. Sadly I never got a chance last Sunday so today I instead I finally got to make my beet juice.
I am not sure why but my juicer can be really bad for spitting little drops of juice out, may be because I broke the top cover of it and had to glue a couple pieces back together.
Regardless of this issue my wife hates getting any juice mess in our kitchen so today I did the juicing out on our deck, and I am really glad that I did. It caused quite a mess.
Beet Orange Apple Juice
So my juice today consisted of the three beets from last week, 2 apples, and two oranges.
I did look around for recipes and saw a few with carrots but I have run out or carrots and thought that the oranges and apples would be a nice way to cut that strong taste of the beets.
I didn’t use the beet leaves, also known as beet greens, as they were starting to really show their age and were very wilted.
Remember though that Beet greens are really great as they are high in Lutein which is a fantastic nutrient for you.
As you can see here, after I did all the cutting of the Beets and apples, and peeled and separated the oranges I had a very large bowl of juicing supplies. And a very bloody looking cutting board.
I went outside and did my juicing, stopped about half way though to clean the blade in the juicer as I do not want to have it plugged and miss out on some of that nutritious juice at all.
It ends up that this drink does not tax the juicer blade much and it did not get gunked up at all.
But boy did my table outside get messy with all that deep red beet juice.
The juice itself was really good. I love the strong sweet flavor of a juice like this and there are lots of reasons that you would want to add beets, oranges and apples into your diet anyway
Power of Beets
Beets are full of many nutrients that we need in our everyday lives.
Beets are a source of phytonutrients called betalains. Betanin and vulgaxanthin are the two best-studied betalains from beets, and both have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support.
One cup of beets contains 34% of our daily requirement of folate, 28% of manganese, 15% of potassium, 14% of copper and 14% of fiber. Beets also have magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron, and vitamin B6.
Drinking beet juice may help to lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. One study found that drinking one glass of beet juice lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 4-5 points.
Beauty of Oranges
Oranges are really high in Vitamin C with a single orange giving you almost your whole daily supply. Also Oranges have Flavinoids, which can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, And as an added bonus when you eat oranges regularly they are really high in water while being fairly low in calories.
I didn’t use the peels of the orange but interestingly they contain polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs) which have the potential to lower cholesterol more effectively than some prescription drugs, and without side effects, according to a study by U.S. and Canadian researchers that was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
As for minerals, oranges are high in Potassium, Phosphorus, and Magnesium
An Apple a Day
As we all know apples are really good for you. Apples have fiber, a high water content, and polyphenols. Polyphenols are a newly discovered nutrient that is very healthy in a way much like antioxidants. Apples actually also contain an antioxidant called quercetin
Also because of the composition of apples, they are good for regulating blood sugar. The pancreas are in charge of insulin production and the apples stimulate this to get more energy into the cells of our body