For Valentine’s Day I have a wonderful juice that is sure to let you body feel the love! Juice up a batch of this and you will be feeling good in no time. There are some amazing ingredients that are major fighters in keeping our bodies healthy and running strong. Make this for someone you love and share the health!
Beets come in orange, yellow and red and are useful for so many recipes. I am using the lovely red beet for this recipe and it lends its gorgeous and dominant color to this drink. The pigment that gives beets their rich, purple-crimson color-betacyanin-is also a powerful cancer-fighting agent. Beets’ potential effectiveness against colon cancer, in particular, has been demonstrated in several studies.
Beets are also an excellent source of hearth-healthy folate and a very good source of the antioxidants manganese and vitamin C as well as heart-healthy potassium. Beets are a fabulous source of digestive-supportive dietary fiber, free radical scavenging copper, bone-healthy magnesium, and energy-producing iron and phosphorus. How’s that for a lineup?
Since beet juice can stain your skin, wearing kitchen gloves is a good idea when handling beets. If your hands become stained during the cleaning and cooking process, simply rub some lemon juice on them to remove the stain.
A little note about another ingredient in our juice - parsley: It’s a super-charged nutritional and medicinal powerhouse. Parsley grows in nearly every climate and is cultivated for use year around. According to the Natural Health Techniques web site, parsley and parsley juice are a great source of natural beta-carotene, chlorophyll, essential fatty acids, folic acid, iron, vitamin B12, vitamin K and vitamin C. While you can get these benefits by adding parsley to salads or sandwiches, juicing parsley allows you to consume more concentrated amounts then would normally be possible when eating it whole.
Parsley is one of the highest sources of life-giving chlorophyll, which acts like iron to oxidize the blood. Parsley is used to boost the immune system. Because of its high levels of vitamin C, B12 and beta-carotene, parsley is reported to help the body increase its immunity. Adding a handful of fresh parsley to the vegetables you normally juice will increase the benefit to the immune system.
Enjoy this beautiful juice and share the love! Happy Valentine’s Day!
- 1 large red beet, peeled
- 3 large carrots, scrubbed or peeled if not organic
- 2 large oranges, peeled
- 1 large handful of Italian parsley
- 2 large Granny Smith apples
- 4 stalks of celery
- 1/2″ piece of ginger
- Place ingredients into the juicer, alternating as you go until all the fruit and veggies are juiced up. Serve over ice and enjoy!