Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bloody Nikki

This nutrient rich juice recipe was given to me by my friend Nikki, who is a big fan of detox juices like this. I haven't experienced any detox effects from drinking this, but I continue to make it because it makes a nutritious, filling breakfast. It has three simple ingredients. Beets give this juice it's "bloody" color. Eaten raw, beets are an excellent source of folate, so eat up preggos. They also contain high amounts of Vitamin C, potassium and other minerals. This root is also a source of glycine betaine, which lowers homocysteine levels in the blood, thus lowering the risk of heart disease and stroke. Celery provides Vitamin C and fiber. It also contains a phytochemical called coumarin, which lowers blood pressure and increases the activity of white blood cells. Cucumbers are high in calcium and unique antioxidants that play a role in aging. These are just some of the benefits to these foods, and since they are consumed raw, you will be achieving their maximum benefits. As usual, organic is best, so skip the pesticides if your budget allows it!

Bloody Nikki
Makes 2 one cup servings

  • 2 beets, greens removed
  • 2 whole cucumbers
  • 6 celery stalks
  1. Wash the produce thoroughly and process through a juicer.
  2. Drink immediately

Andrew added two carrots once, which made it very sweet. If you're not a fan of beets (the dominant flavor of the juice), the carrots lessen the taste.

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