Whenever I’m feeling tired, unhealthy or huge because I’ve been sampling too many cupcakes, Ruffles or wine (or all of the above), I turn to homemade juice for help. I’ve done a few straight juice cleanses, but have found that sometimes, replacing just one meal a day with a juice makes me feel better. It’s also a lot easier to manage. And let’s face it– food is too good to give up.
Any rules that may exist about homemade juice don’t have to be followed. I like that. It gives me a break from all the math. Lemon juice and ginger are staples, but the other ingredients can be almost any combination of fruits or vegetables you like. Almost, because produce with a higher water content works best, and potato juice wouldn’t be very appetizing. Otherwise, be fearless and have fun!
Be careful when making this cocktail. Beets stain. They stain everything. Cutting boards, fingers, back splash tile, and your favorite white shirt can and will fall victim to the “blood” spatter. Timely crime scene clean up is of utmost importance.
Materials (makes about 10 ounces)
3 apples, cut into quarters
2 medium beets, cut into halves
1 inch piece of ginger
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1. Press ginger, apple and beet pieces (no need to peel) through juice extractor and watch the magic happen.
2. Add fresh lemon juice, stir and enjoy immediately.
Lemon and other citrus fruit zest is very bitter, and should not be put into the juicer. Also, because they don’t contain preservatives and haven’t been pasteurized, fresh, homemade juices have a short shelf life. So drink up!