March 5, 2013
Detox Juice Diet?
First of all, I personally do not recommend the “detox juice diet”, meaning only juice and no foods at all. Juicing from variety of fruits and vegetables definitely yields lots of vitamins and minerals; however, they might not be appropriate as meal replacements, especially when taken for days. Your brain still needs adequate carbohydrates (glucose) and your body needs some other nutrients like protein and fat for cell generation, tissue repair, healthy hair, nails and more. I would recommend to have a veggie juice as a compliment to your meal or as a mid-day snack. You can count the fruit and veggies from the juice into your daily recommended intake of fruit and veggies.*
Why beet juice?
Beet is sometimes used as a source of natural sweetener in baked goods. When I eat beets, I don’t add seasonings because of its natural sweetness. Since I had leftover roasted beets from last week, I decided to make some beet juice. In fact, the first time I had beet juice was at a breakfast during my vacation in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. I still remember how amazed I was when I first tried that delicious beet orange juice. The citrus sweetness from the oranges went so well with the sweetness of the beets. I have been wanting to make it at home and finally I did!
2 small beets, cooked and peeled, cut into chunks
1 medium orange, peeled
1 cup 100% orange juice
Serves 2 cups
Place all ingredients in a blender/juicer, blend until smooth or desired consistency. ( I like mine to be slightly grainy, so I can chew on the beet bits. If preferred more liquid, add a few pieces of ice cubes.
1 cup of beet orange juice will fulfill 1 serving of fruit and 1 serving of vegetables.
* Recommended daily servings: 2-3 servings of fruits and 4-5 servings of vegetables.