This blog should probably be called “how I convince myself to eat vegetables I don’t like.” I’ve never really enjoyed beets. In my opinion, they have this strong flavor that overpowers every other ingredient in a meal. Thankfully, when you make a juice that includes beets along with other fruits and vegetables, it manages to mask that dominant beet flavor.
So when I saw some beets at the local farmer’s market, I bought a bundle so that Adam and I could try to make some beet juice. We have a Breville Juicer and have recently been experimenting with different recipes for kale juice , which we love, but we’ve been looking for some variety. A lot of juice cleanses, like the BluePrint Cleanse, also includes juices with beets, apples, carrots and ginger. We already had some celery and cucumber from making kale juice, so we decided to throw those in as well. I’m glad we did, because the cucumber thinned out the thick juice made by the beets and helped the apple flavor come out more.
To fill up the entire pitcher that comes with our juicer, we made a “double recipe” in this case. If you only want one or two cups of juice, I’d recommend halving this recipe. Given that the cucumber produces the majority of juice, you may want to leave it out altogether for a smaller batch. But as a result, be warned that you’ll likely have a thicker, more beet-flavored juice – which is fine if, unlike me, you really like the flavor of beets.
Here is the recipe we used in our juicer:
- 4 Red Beets
- 2 Green Apples
- 6 Celery Stalks
- 4 Carrots
- 1 Cucumber
- 1 Small Piece of Ginger (size varying depending on how much ginger flavor you want)
Our juice ended up having a nice apple flavor with only a slight flavor of beets in the after taste. It’s great to have with lunch or as an afternoon snack and packs a lot of great nutrients as well!