So, I've had pretty awesome day full of delicious Indian food, Himalayan salt baths, and now onto one of my favorite juices.
There's some controversy about whether it's better to drink your greens or eat them whole. While I can agree that fiber is important, when was the last time you ate a whole bunch of raw beets and kale?
In the case for beets it's actually better to juice them, especially when using them to regulate blood sugar.
"In many cases, eating the whole food is the best way to get all the nutrients, fiber and healthy effect. But, in this particular case for blood pressure lowering, you are actually better off drinking the juiced beet root to get the maximum benefit. When you cook the beet or ferment a beet (like we find in a pickled beet), the amount of healthful nutrients for blood pressure benefits will decrease. By juicing, you are going to get 100% of the phytonutrients (plant chemicals) that help your blood pressure decrease."
- Pina LoGiudice ND, LAc and Peter Bongiorno ND, www.doctoroz.com
Why are beets so great? Well, they're anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and rumor has it the Romans used them as an aphrodisiac, but the real reason I love beets is for the skin benefits. Every time I have a healthy dose of beets my complexion looks clearer, healthier, and rosier.
This beet juice is sweet, bright, and it has the ever popular kale. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef and more calcium than milk. It also has a hefty dose of vitamins A, C, and K.
Here's what you'll need:
- 1 bunch of kale - chopped
- 1/4 of a pineapple - chopped with the rind removed
- 3 medium beets - raw, washed, and halved
- 1 lemon wedge
- Juice pineapple, kale, and beets.
- Add a squeeze of lemon.