Oh, boy! Have I got a kickin’ juice recipe for you! It’s been awhile since I shared a fresh juice recipe with you. I go back and forth between fresh juice and smoothies. I think there’s room in my heart for both. But ultimately, I’m drinking one or the other every day. This Turmeric Beet Juice is like the ultimate cleanse juice. Each ingredient helps aid your body in its natural detoxification process. It is also chockfull of vitamins and nutrients with anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. And furthermore, it’s really tasty. Even my husband agreed it was delicious, and that’s always my hardest sell.
I don’t know about you, but I like my juice with a kick. I found fresh turmeric (finally!) at my local Indian market, which by the way is the BEST Indian market I’ve been to. (Crazy – in Boise! Who would have thought?) Turmeric contains curcumin which is a powerful anti-inflammatory. I try my best to get some into my diet every day. If you can’t find fresh, it’s totally fine to add in some ground turmeric. Fresh ginger also gives it a little bite, and has more anti-inflammatory benefits, as well boosting the immune system. (source) Cilantro, I know, is a love/hate thing for most of us. Cilantro has numerous health benefits, and may also help bind to heavy metals and flush them out of the body. If you absolutely cannot stand it, sub parsley instead. Be sure to use the stems too! Beet juice is often described as a liver tonic because it’s so great at helping the liver do it’s thing. Beet are loaded up with nutrients like Vitamins A and C, potassium, and nitrites. (Not nitrates.) Beets have been shown to help lower blood pressure. The betalains in beets have anti-inflammatory, detoxification, and anti-oxidant benefits too. (source)
This recipe makes enough for one serving. It sounds like a lot of beets, but once they are juiced, it’s only about 10-12 ounces of liquid or so. I like a mix of golden and red beets. Use whatever you can find. If you want to take it a step further, you can also juice the beet greens for more nutrition. You can also use half beets, half carrots. The carrots make the juice even sweeter, so it’s up to you on that one. I don’t usually peel the turmeric, but I wanted to show you how gorgeous the fresh turmeric root is. That color! Depending on how big the turmeric is, you can use 4-6 pieces, or more.
I get a lot of questions about which juicer is best. That’s kind of up to you as well. I had a slow juicer, but it stopped working efficiently after awhile, so I got this Breville Juice Fountain at Williams-Sonoma a few years ago. It’s seen some definite use! I love that It juices quickly, even though it’s a little louder and doesn’t extract quite as much juice as a slow juicer. The juice also ends up a little frothier, but that’s not much of a problem. This Turmeric Beet Juice recipe will work with any electric juicer – just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions according to peeling and cutting the veggies and fruit. Some juicers can handle lemons just fine, others don’t. I prefer to squeeze the lemons and save the juiced halves for another use. But everything else goes right through the juicer!
The last thing is a nice, big pinch each of cayenne and freshly ground black pepper. The piperine in the black pepper helps the effectiveness of the curcumin in the turmeric. The cayenne gives it an extra punch, but also helps improve circulation. This is perfect as an afternoon pick-me-up or first thing in the morning to start your day off with a bang.
- 1 to 1/1 2 pounds beets (can do half carrots)
- 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
- 4-6 pieces of fresh turmeric (or 1 heaping teaspoon ground turmeric)
- 1 large bunch cilantro, stems included
- Juice of 2 lemons
- Fresh ground black pepper
- Pinch of cayenne
- Rinse beets well, trim tops and bottoms, and peel. Cut the beets into wedges or chunks and set aside. Wash and scrub the turmeric. Peel, if desired. (I don't usually peel them.) Rinse the cilantro several times in cool water to remove any sand. Sort through and remove any yellowed leaves and trim the ends of the stems.
- According to manufacturer's directions, put the beets, ginger, turmeric, and cilantro through the juicer. Pour into a serving glass and stir in the the fresh lemon juice. (Alternatively, you can cut the lemons into wedges and put them through the juicer.) Add a sprinkle of fresh ground black pepper and cayenne. Drink immediately or put in the fridge for a few hours to chill.