Beet-Kale Super Juice
Beet has this odd combination of sweet and earthy, some people call it “sweet dirt”. If you drink it in its purest form, it’ll be like drinking dirt but when combined with an ingredient like apple, the inner sweetness will be highlighted and the earthy flavor will subside.
Beets are rich in natural nitrates, considered to be brain food and is said to help in giving our body an energy boost. Cyclists who drink a 500ml serving of pure beet root juice ride up to 20% longer. This beats taking Red Bull in the morning.
This root crop is also known to boost sexual health (some call it nature’s Viagra). It is also called “a super antioxidant” that helps prevent heart disease, cancer, inflammation and diabetes.
Kale on the other hand is bitter and you’d have to be a real hard core juice junkie to drink it pure.
This nutritional powerhouse is rich in iron, vitamin A, C, K, calcium as well as antioxidants like carotenoids and flavonoids. These nutrients help our cardiovascular health, skin and eyesight. It also helps in cancer prevention and is a great “detox food”.
You’ll get all these nutrients minus the fat and a cup of kale only has 36 calories.
Combine these two ingredients and you’ll get a super juice that’ll flood your body with nutrients.
Here’s the recipe
2 kale leaves
A handful of spinach
1 beet root (peeled)
1 thumb ginger (optional)
You’ll notice that the ginger is not included in the photo above. I just added it in the last minute after I’ve chopped up all the ingredients so I wasn’t able to include it in the photo.
Ginger adds a kick to this juice and will really wake you up in the morning. If you have a hangover, try drinking this and see what happens.
This recipe will only yield roughly 225ml which is slightly less than a can of coca cola, good for only one person.
I peeled the beet even though it was organic but that’s just my personal preference, you can leave the skin on. I didn’t include the tops (should have known better) but that’s a mistake, it is also a source of nutrients so include it.
How to prepare?
If you’re using a centrifugal juicer, pack the spinach in-between the two halves of beet so that you get the maximum yield. If you’re using a vertical auger juicer, chop up the spinach into small quarter sized inch pieces so it doesn’t clog up the pulp ejector.
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