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Valentine’s Day Juice

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!

If in the spirit of this fun holiday you like to make and eat all things red, I have a few recipes coming your way, starting with this healthy red juice today. It’s pretty common to get caught up in  consuming lots of junk full of artificial colors and dyes for the sake of tradition this time of year, but nature provides lots of nutrient dense and antioxidant rich red foods that can make Valentine’s Day just as fun and delicious if you get creative.

This juice recipe would be great served in wine glasses if you want to make it fancy paired with a home cooked dinner with your loved one, or as a morning juice with breakfast for little ones to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

This recipe was inspired by the leftover beets we had from a fun little Valentine’s Day dessert recipe I’ll be sharing with you next week, so stay tuned!

 

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This recipe is super simple with only two ingredients, however this recipe can be adjusted to add other vegetables and fruits that you would like. We only used these two ingredients because it was what we had in our fridge that we wanted to get rid of before they went bad.

This recipe will make approximately 6 cups of fresh juice or 48 oz.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large beets
  • 6 large oranges, peeled

That’s it!!

If you would like to adjust this recipe to add in more variety of nutrients, I would suggest adding a couple of large carrots, some red apples, or strawberries to keep it Valentine’s Day themed with the red color. While there are lots of other wonderful things you could add to the juice for nutrient density, I was going for a red color here for holiday sake. Adding any greens would change that.

You of course will need a juicer for this recipe. If you have one, just throw all the ingredients in and then store the fresh juice in a glass container in the fridge or consume immediately!

Nutritional Highlights:

Fresh Beet Juice

  • high in vitamin C, B6, folate, manganese, and potassium
  • has powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification properties
  • helps lower blood pressure
  • helps improve digestion
  • boosts energy
  • known to also boost libido due to to its rich source of boron, directly linked to the production of sex hormones (another reason this may be a good Valentine’s Day Juice if you are married 😉 )

Fresh Orange Juice

  • Also high in vitamin C, making this a great immune boosting drink as well!
  • Rich in free radical fighting antioxidants
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Improves blood circulation and creation of red blood cells

A Few Tips and Recommendations on Juicing:

  • Don’t over do it. My recommendation for juicing is to use it as a supplementation to a well balanced, anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, whole foods diet. I don’t personally recommend juicing as a meal replacement for various reasons I won’t go into in this post.
    • I have personally found juicing to be a great way to ensure my toddler gets a wide variety/plenty of essential vitamins and minerals in her diet throughout the week when I can’t always guarantee she will eat her vegetables. While this recipe is fruit heavy for holiday sake, I normally would recommend more vegetables be added in. What kid doesn’t love juice??
  • If choosing to juice with fresh fruits as the main ingredients, like this recipe, it is wise to dilute fruit sugars by adding approximately 35% water when consuming it, or make sure to drink it along side a meal with a good source of protein and fat to help prevent such a quick spike in blood sugar.
  • When vitamins and minerals are extracted from the whole food they become very sensitive to oxidation and begin to lose nutrient value within minutes. It is best to make it fresh in the morning and drink it throughout the day. If this is not possible, store it in an air-tight glass jar leaving little room at the top to prevent oxidation and consume it as soon as possible for best nutrient value.

Happy Juicing!

 

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