Beetroot Juice Recipes and Nutrition Facts
how to drink beetroot juice
Beetroot juice is very potent. When making fresh juice with raw beets I dilute it at least 4 times
with other milder juices such as carrot, cucumber, or celery. Beet juice is a beautiful rich ruby red colour and is known to help purify the blood.
Please Note: A harmless side effect of drinking beet juice is that your urine may turn pink or red.
Here are a selection of my favourite beetroot juice recipes.
Beetroot, carrot and celery Juice Recipe
- 1 small beetroot (the small ones are sweeter!)
- 2 large carrots
- 1 stalk of celery
- Wash the vegetables using water and a stiff vegetable brush.
- Remove the carrot and beetroot tops, and peel the beetroot if
its skin is tough. If it has a nice thin skin then just cut off the top.
- Slice up the vegetables to fit your juicer.
- Juice and serve.
For a sweeter drink you can add an apple, or use 2 apples instead of the carrots. For a salty drink use a larger amount of celery.
The green beetroot tops are edible, rich in beta-carotene, and can
also be juiced. They have a strong flavour and are rich in oxalic acid
which if taken in excess may form kidney stones. I find a little goes a
Beetroot, Cucumber and Pineapple juice recipe
This makes a fabulous drink which is best consumed on an empty stomach as it's very cleansing!
Beetroot, Cucumber and Pineapple Juice
- 1 small beetroot
- ½ cucumber
- 1 cup of pineapple chunks
- Remove the top from the beetroot and scrub using water and a stiff vegetable brush to remove any dirt.
- Peel or wash the cucumber. If the cucumber is waxed then remove the wax by peeling it.
- Slice the pineapple and remove its tough skin.
- Cut the fruit and vegetables to fit your juicer.
- Juice and serve.
More Beet Juice Recipes
For an unusual but delicious vegetable juice recipe that uses apples, beetroot, broccoli, nettles and lemon juice visit raw food recipes with nettles.
Like more juice recipes? The Magic of Juicing ebook and guide helps make drinking your daily juice fun, easy, and inexpensive.
Health Benefits of Beetroot Juice
Many of the health benefits of beetroots are attributed to the fact that they are a rich source of inorganic nitrate.
It is claimed beets have the ability to:
- clean and build the blood
- lower blood pressure
- improve circulation
- calm the nerves
- improve the health of the liver, kidneys, and bladder
- clean the intestines
- fight cancer
- improve menstrual problems
- cure anemia
Beet greens and to a lesser extent beet roots are high in oxalate, and
are generally considered unsuitable for people following a low-oxalate
Anyone with a history of oxalate-containing kidney stones should avoid over-consuming beetroot and beet greens.
In 2009 a small scale study at Exeter University in England, U.K. found
that drinking beet juice improved the endurance of athletes.
In 2015 a scientific study at Queen Mary University in London found that drinking 250ml of beetroot juice each day significantly lowered blood pressure for patients with high blood pressure.
Not only are raw beets a beautiful colour, but they are also packed with nutrients.
Beetroots are a good source of folic acid and vitamin C, plus they
contain small amounts of vitamins B1, B2, B3, and vitamin A in the form
Rich in inorganic nitrate, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium. Plus
smaller amounts of iron, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium.
While raw beets are mostly water and carbohydrate they also contains small amounts of all the amino acids (protein).
One 2" (5cm) beetroot contains 35 calories.
If you'd like more nutrition facts go to the USDA National Nutrient Database and enter "raw beets" into the search box.
Best Juicer for Beetroot
Beetroots are hard vegetables, and will juice easily in all types of juicer.
Masticating juicers are more efficient than
centrifugal juicers - i.e. they produce more juice and less heat, plus
they are much easier to clean. On the down side you need to chop the
beetroot up nice and small, plus they cost a bit more.
If you don't like chopping then I recommend a good quality centrifugal juicer such as the wide mouth Breville Juicer JE27.
And if your on a low budget then a budget centrifugal model should work just fine.
Like more information? Visit my Best Juicer page to learn more.
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