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Beet, Carrot, Apple + Ginger Juice

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Sounds kinda brutal, doesn't it? I think it's the 'beet' part that almost scared me off. It turns out the taste is actually surprisingly sweet for the combination, the apple and lemon really help bring a good flavor to the forefront. I've always loved juices but I've mainly stuck to the fruit side of the spectrum, lately I'm finding the more random the concoction, the better. I think it's the one stop shop that pulls me in most. I like the fact that you can mash a bunch of stuff that's really good for you in to one glass, and check off like 10 boxes right there. 

Being pregnant is obviously a motivator in these situations, it can be tough to eat right all the time. Let's be honest, sometimes you just want a taco and Snickers for dinner. Finding some new strategies that will help get some good stuff in my body for this babe is obviously important and exploring different juice options has become a great way for me to make that happen.

This recipe in particular comes from Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook, It's All Good. She shares some great concepts and recipes, her juices being one of my favorite sections. Not all of it is 100% relatable, you may find you have none of the ingredients she calls for in a certain recipe in your cupboard, but I think she presents a great opportunity to learn about healthier cooking that could in turn have a impact on the kinds of choices you're making.

So, if my rambling hasn't convinced you to give this recipe a try, possibly actual facts will sway you. All of which you can find below! Happy juicing :)

Beets lower blood pressure, are immune and stamina boosting, and increase healthy muscle function.

Carrots reduce cholesterol, prevent heart attacks, fight certain cancers, improve vision, and fight the signs of premature aging.

Apples help reduce risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

Ginger reduces pain and inflammation, stimulates circulation, reduces nausea (morning, motion, post operative).

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 large or 2 medium beets, cut into wedges
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 large apple, cut into wedges
  • A 1-inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 1/2 lemon, zest and pith removed

Directions:

Juice everything into a glass. Alternatively, you can finely chop all the ingredients and pop them into a powerful blender with 1/2 cup of water, then pass the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a glass. Stir and drink immediately.

 

SOURCE: Gwyneth Paltrow's, It's All Good,