This weekend we experienced some pretty terrible weather with the impending approach of a Category 4 hurricane (Joaquin). Luckily, Joaquin decided to take a detour and spare us from even more dangerous weather. Nevertheless, it was still dark and stormy out with all day rain– totally ruined my half marathon training, but life goes on. While I was “rained in” I decided to experiment with a weather-inspired beet juice recipe. I call this baby The Hurricane since it was “born” into existance in the midst of hurricane Joaquin’s threat to strike the east coast.
I would like to point out that this juice is not very sweet. That is because I try to create juices with the highest nutrient concentration possible, while keeping sugar content low. I do this by using more vegetables than fruits in my recipes. This helps keep your blood sugar stable but still allow for delivery of high dose nutrients to your body.
Here I used one of my least favorite vegetables- beets! But never fear- it’s only ONE (or half of one) and I promise it doesn’t taste as scary as it looks 😉 Ever dislike something even though you knew it was amazingly good for you? Yup! So why did I choose to use beetroot in my juice? Ah that is because I would never otherwise eat it & benefit from it unless it was in my juice.
Beets are a great source of antioxidants and nitrates which provide increased energy by improving blood flow. Because of this, beet juice has been shown to help the body respond better to exercise. It’s even been shown to help with blood pressure!
Make sure to wash beets well because they are usually pretty filthy. I peeled the beetroot and trimmed off the beet greens. Beet greens can be a bit strong in juices and it was not the flavor profile I was going for here, so I put them away to be sautéed on another day.
I also added a handful of flat-leaf parsley. I love adding fresh herbs to juices, it really freshens up the flavor not to mention herbs like parsley and cilantro are fantastic for several health conditions. Parsley is high in chlorophyll, vitamin C, folate and iron but one does not normally eat enough parsley in day-to-day life to actually experience any improvements, so juicing it is the perfect way to obtain all of the health benefits of this wonder herb. But beware! This is potent stuff when juiced so limit consumption to 1 oz per day and it should not be taken by itself (always juice it with other veggies & fruits). I personally prefer the Italian flat-leaf parsley to the curly parsley. I found the curly parsley to have a soapy taste when I juice it. Again, remember to only use a small handful of this stuff until you’ve acquired a taste for it.
I decided to throw in 1 large carrot to add some sweetness. This helped balance out the strong flavors from the beet and parsley. If you are worried about the beet (like i was in the beginning) start with just one-half of a beet in the juice.
The final ingredients to the Hurricane juice recipe include some of my staple juice ingredients: lemon, celery and kale. I found it was cheaper and more convenient to purchase baby kale in a 5oz container from the Earthbound brand instead of the actual giant kale leaves. Sometimes I find the giant kale leaves to be cheaper, but not this time and they looked a little sad & droppy too. So organic baby kale in a container it was!
I only used 2 celery sticks here because celery can also have a very strong flavor if you add too much. And the final ingredient was a lemon (peeled of course). Feel free to add more or less of any ingredient according to your taste preferences 🙂 When I first started juicing I really preferred sweeter tasting juices so I would use a lot more fruit and more lemon/lime, but as time has gone on I’ve started to enjoy bolder but fresh flavors. I’m sure you’ll experience the same thing as your taste buds become re-trained.
I invite you to try this juice at home and adjust it to fit YOU. Juicing is such a great way to obtain a high concentration of micronutrients and antioxidants! It’s a fantastic way to give your body a high dose of goodness, remove toxins, kill cravings and reboot your health. This juice in particular will give you all of these benefits AND it’s low calorie, low in sugar content, and perfect for fall weather. Have it as a snack or pre-workout fuel.
So give it a try & ENJOY. As always, please feel free to contact me with questions or drop me a comment below.
1 or 1/2 beetroot
1 large carrot (optional)
1 lemon (peeled)
2 celery sticks
3oz baby kale or about 8 large kale leaves
1 handful of fresh parsley
Directions: Process all ingredients through juicer and enjoy. Makes about 6 to 8oz. If storing for later consumption, be sure fill your container up to the top with filtered water to prevent oxidation. Juice will last in this manner for up to 48hrs.