• 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes (4-5)
  • 1/4 chunk raw beet
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 whole mango

Full of antioxidants and delicious sweetness, you can’t help but feel BEAUTIFUL drinking this juice!   A benefit of beet juice is that it contains a color pigment called betalain that is a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, fungicidal and aids with the bodies natural detoxification process.

When cooking beets, some of the beneficial nutrients like betalain are depleted.  So enjoy your beets raw by juicing them in your Vitamix!  Let us not forget the amazing beet greens as they are packed with incredible nutrients too!  Add a handful in your Vitamix (or strong blender) to bump up the nutrition of any smoothie or juice that you make.

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The beauty of this drink is not just the color but also the folic acid and manganese from the beets.  Also, using fresh mango helps balance the beet’s strong flavor.  Mangos are high in vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, copper and vitamin A.  They also contain an abundance of phytochemicals, which studies show  can help slow the aging process and reduce the risk of many diseases, including cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and osteoporosis, to name just a few.

Beet-iful Juice
 
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Serves: 1-2

Ingredients
  • 1½ cups water
  • ½ cup ice cubes (4-5)
  • ¼ chunk of a raw beet
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 whole mango (or 1 cup fresh pineapple)

Instructions
  1. Wash celery, beet and peel off any brown areas.
  2. Wash and cut mango flesh away from the seed on both sides.
  3. Cut a cross-hatch pattern through each half of the mango.
  4. Careful not to cut through the skin all the way.
  5. Push upward and underneath the mango to pop the sliced squares out so you can slice the diced flesh easily.
  6. Add all ingredients into the Vitamix and blend.

Notes
The fresh mango or pineapple will help balance the strong beet flavor. You can always add more fruit if the beets overrule the flavor. I find that frozen fruit is not as sweet as the fresh. You certainly could use frozen, but you may need to add stevia or another natural sweetener. This will make two good size portions so share the love! You can save it for later, however, fresh juices are best enjoyed on the spot for maximum benefits.

 

For a spicy version, you can add a quarter size piece of peeled ginger.  Ginger is one of my favorite medicinal foods, and I love adding it to my fruit and vegetable juices. Also, the celery helps give this “cup full of health” some extra alkalinity and fiber.

 

Living in Florida, we are blessed with mango trees everywhere.  In our neighborhood we have several mango trees that seem to be owned by the raccoons and squirrels!  Well at least those little rascals have an abundance of anti-aging mangos!  I just wish they wouldn’t take one nibble and leave it hanging.  I may just have to climb a tree to get my share before they do!

 

Thanks to one of our patients at the Natural Medicine Clinic for the mangos that were used for this post!  They were so juicy and tender not like the fibrous ones you have to floss after eating.

 

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Refreshing and Rejuvenating with every sip!

 

Have a BEET-IFUL day,

Dawn

P.S.  Please share some of your favorite BEET juices with Spoonful of Health!  Your creation could be OUR NEXT POST!