A New Year’s Power Juice

Have you started the year off with some healthy goals or resolutions? I have too. And one of those goals is to drink more fresh juice. You can read about my New Year’s Juicing Challenge at Gluten-Free Cat. Juicing is such a wonderful way to infuse your body with nutrients. You can drink far more nutrients than you can chew in meal. And you can also incorporate vegetables that you might not otherwise eat.

There are definitely wonderful properties in green juices, but have you considered juicing beets? You can juice both the beetroot and the greens. Here are few reasons why you might want to start incorporating beets into your diet:

1. Beets are good for the liver. Beets contain betaine, which protects the liver and aids in detoxification. Drinking beet juice can result in detox symptoms, so it is wise to start with a small amount of beets and increase slowly.

2. Beets help to prevent cancer. They detox the body of harmful toxins and prevent cancer from growing.

3. Beets are good for your skin. They prevent and treat acne and promotes healthy skin and hair growth.

4. Beets make you feel good! Betaine has been used to treat depression. They also contain tryptophan which causes that happy, relaxed feeling after a meal.



Here’s my staple beet juice recipe. I’ll be sharing even more juice recipes during the month of January at Gluten-Free Cat.

Other Beet Recipes & Articles:

Carrot Beet Power Juice

Ingredients:

  • 1 beet and beet greens
  • 5 carrots
  • 2 green apples
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 handful of alfalfa
  • 1 inch of ginger root
  • 1/2 lemon (flesh only)
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

Instructions:

  • Juice all fruits and vegetables.
  • Pour juice into the Vitamix, add protein powder, and blend until combined.

What is your favorite way to enjoy beets?

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Heather is a teacher by day and a fitness instructor and blogger by night. She writes Gluten-Free Cat and writes about healthy, gluten-free living and shares gluten-free, vegan, and raw recipes, product reviews, and restaurant reviews on her blog. You can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Read all of Heather’s posts here.

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