According to a new study by Exeter University, beetroot juice can give you more speed, energy and stamina during your workouts. Not only that, but it provides a healthy dose of Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, iron and calcium, and it aids in cleansing the body, lowering blood pressure and decreasing your chances of dementia. There’s only one problem. It tastes horrible.
This bright ruby-red juice may look pretty, but its taste is anything but. So that presents a dilemma. Just like many other nutritionally-packed foods, if it tastes icky, we’re just not going to eat it (unless, of course, your 10 years old and your mother won’t let you leave the table until all of your broccoli is gone, giving you no other choice than to “accidentally” drop it to the dog when she’s not looking. Or was that just me?)
So we did a little digging to see if we could come up with a way to drink this speed-enhancing juice without gagging. Turns out, there is. All it takes is mixing the beets with a few other fruits and veggies to balance out the flavor and make it a treat that’s both healthy and delicious.
Here are a couple of beet juicing recipes to try:
Carrot Beet Juice
1 small beetroot (the small ones are sweeter!)
2 large carrots
1 stalk of celery
Wash the vegetables using water and a stiff vegetable brush.
Remove the carrot and beetroot tops, and peel the beetroot if its skin is tough. If it has a nice thin skin then just cut off the top.
Slice up the vegetables to fit your juicer.
Juice and serve.
For a sweeter drink, you can add an apple, or use 2 apples instead of the carrots.
Cucumber, Pineapple Beet Juice
1 small beetroot
1 cup of pineapple chunks
Remove the top from the beetroot and scrub using water and a stiff vegetable brush to remove any dirt.
Peel or wash the cucumber. If the cucumber is waxed then remove the wax by peeling it.
Slice the pineapple and remove its tough skin.
Cut the fruit and vegetables to fit your juicer.
Juice and serve.