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Did you know beet juice is good for your heart? And it’s good for lowering high blood pressure. Beet juice inhibits cell mutations caused by the nitrates in processed meats. Beets are rich in folate, potassium, magnesium and vitamin C, all which promote heart health. The rich pigment color of beets has more powerful antioxidants than carrots, broccoli, celery, spinach and onions!
Before we start, there are 2 warnings: First, beets will stain. So wear an apron or your old t-shirt before cutting the beets. Second, you will probably experience beeturia after consuming beet juice. Don’t worry. It’s not a malady, and it’s perfectly harmless. Beeturia is when the urine or stools are red or pink after drinking beet juice. Like I said, beets will stain!
How to Choose Beets
Beets are in season from June to October, but are available in most stores all year round. Choose firm smooth beets. They should be a beautiful color when you rub a bit of the dirt away.
Using a Juicer
Use whole, raw beets. Wash them extremely well or peel the skin first. Cut into size recommended for your juicer.
You can also use a blender to make beet juice. Clean and peel the beets. Chop or grate finely. Add the finely grated beets with ¼ cup water or juice to the blender. Blend well. Strain through a cloth to remove large pieces if desired. But remember, this contains fiber and beneficial nutrients, so find a way to add them to your diet.
Beet Juice Blends
Don’t like beet juice by itself? Try these recipes for tasty blends. You can blend with other fruits or vegetables for extra nutrition and flavor. This can be important for some people as beets have oxalic acid which can cause kidney stones. Blending with another veggie or fruit will reduce the concentration.
Beet and Fruit Blend
Blend together 1 beat with leaves, 1 apple and 1 pear.
Beet and Veggie Blend
Blend together 1 beet, 1 carrot, 1 apple, 1 cup green tea, 1 orange, and ½ inch fresh peeled ginger root.
Blend together 1 beet, 1 cup pineapple, and ½ cup papaya
Drink Your Juice Blend immediately to utilize the nutrients before they are lost. If you want to make enough for several days, freeze in individual portions. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator for a refreshing beverage for breakfast.
Beet Kvass is a Ukranian drink that no household was ever without. Here’s how to make up 2 quarts of the traditional tonic:
3 beets, peeled and chopped*
¼ cup whey
1 tablespoon sea salt
Put the beets, whey and sea salt in a 2 quart glass jar or container and fill with filtered water. Stir and cap. Let it set on the counter at room temperature for 2 days, then transfer to the refrigerator.
Drink a 4 ounce glass in the mornings and evenings for a regenerating tonic. You can also use beet kvass in place of vinegar in your salad dressing recipes or add it to soups.
*Note: Don’t use grated beets because they will ferment too rapidly. You will have alcohol content instead of the valuable lactic acid that is noted for its medicinal qualities.