Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Pink Kale Juice

 
This by far is our favorite juice, the sweetness from the watermelon and pink lady apples, completely negates the taste of kale and beets! I have never been a fan of beets, regardless of eating them growing up probably every other week. My sister, brothers and I were very fortunate to grow up with a SAHM, and ate homemade meals every night. I can say I can remember ordering takeout pizza maybe 2-3 times in our household, and that was when I was a senior in high school and my mom returned to working full time.  Beets were a regular side dish on our menu, and I choked them down, doing as I was told. 


To this day I am still not a fan, but I LOVE juicing with them. As with many vegetables, much of the nutrients are lost when cooking or baking them, so I feel like I am doing my body justice by juicing them raw.  They are absolutely beautiful though, aren't they? Their color is so intense, often used as a natural dye in organic foods.

Nutritionally, beets contain sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and phosperous as well as high levels of fiber and vitamins A, C and niacin! You can read a Yahoo article here about the health benefits of beets, it's quite interesting. 

 
Pink Kale Juice
Source
Makes: ~40 oz

7   Stalks of Kale
 Pink Lady Apples
 Large beet (peeled)
1⁄2 Small Round Watermelon
 Lime (peeled)
 
Juice and Enjoy!
 
 



I will note that this recipe does make a bit more than 40 ounces- my husband and I usually share a recipe, 40 ounces fills up 2 coke glasses. Depending on the size of your watermelon, this will easily make 60+ ounces.
 
As with other juices, I will drink 20 ounces for lunch with a sourdough pretzel and string cheese. This keeps me filled until about 4:45pm, right about when I'm wrapping up with work. I will usually run downstairs and grab some cherries or grapes and almonds to sustain me until 6pm when I start dinner.  Considering it's a liquid lunch (in a healthy way,) that's not bad. Most days I eat a "solid" lunch I find myself getting hungry around the same time, if not sooner.
 
 
*Tip- depending on the freshness of your beet(s,) use a ziplock sandwich bag as a glove while peeling, cutting, and feeding the juicer. The juice will temporarily dye your hands, countertops, etc. Just use extra caution!
 
Cheers to better health my friends! 

4 comments:

  1. Ooh, so pretty! I would have never considered juicing with beets.

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  2. This looks delicious! I really do need a juicer.

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  3. I sent this to my mom, she's a huge juicing fan and loves beets, so I thought she might like :)

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