Monday, October 22, 2012

Citrus Beet Juice

Sometimes I crave foods that will clean out my system, and fresh juices always seem to do that. Plus, it's a good way to get in more fruits and veggies than you'd be able to otherwise.

Citrus season is approaching fast, which makes it a little easier to say goodbye to all the other summer produce. When we lived in Florida, Nick and I had a small orange grove in our yard (even I'm jealous of us!) and every morning that we could, we'd pick a few from our trees and make fresh juice for breakfast.

Beets have a pretty strong bite, especially when raw, so you can feel free to omit if you aren't up to the challenge. A plain citrus juice would be absolutely fabulous as well.

When Nick and I make our own juice, they usually have about 20 different ingredients and have either a grayish or brown color, but this one is a brilliant pink. And gorgeous. We tend to toss random fruits and vegetables in, based on what we have on hand. This one, however, is simple and clean; perfect for the uninitiated!

As the 'season of eating' approaches, I try to eat better at home so I feel like I can indulge more when out and about. Juicing is one of the ways I do that.

Citrus Beet Juice
Makes about 1 1/2 cups

1 pink grapefruit, peeled
1 tangerine or orange, peeled
1 lime, peeled
1 small beet, ends removed, optional

Run the ingredients through the juicer and drink immediately. If you don't have a juicer, you can always use a high-powered blender and drink as is, or strain through cheesecloth.

Best served immediately.

Have you ever made your own juice? What's your favorite combination?

I'm sharing this recipe over on Real Food Forager.


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