Would you have Beet, Spinach and Carrot Juice for lunch or as an energy drink? Well that’s a great idea if you answer yes. But do you think it will satisfy your mid-day hunger? You bet it will! Beet, spinach, carrot, celery and ginger are all the ingredients you need to have a cool-season drink. And no sugar added!!!
A healthy diet usually starts with fruits and vegetables that are full of vitamins that are needed daily. Colorful vegetables are usually a good idea to consume. There are many vegetables available year round. Let’s go over the benefits of consuming beet, carrot, spinach, ginger and celery.
Beets contain vitamins A, B, C, and E, and minerals such as iron, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, silicon and sodium. Beetroot is considered to be an excellent purifier and cleanser of the blood and good for digestive problems such as constipation. Because beetroot is a very powerful vegetable it is advised to consume in small quantity and to mix with other fruit or vegetables juice because it can lead to negative reactions within the body. It is also effective at cleaning out the liver, kidneys and arteries.
Carrot juice an excellent tonic contains vitamins A, B, C, D, E, G and K. Carrot juice boosts the immune system and is effective at preventing many eye problems. Carrots also contain Calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and sulphur. It helps protect the body against diseases; it is good for digestive problems and an excellent remedy for many ailments such as anemia, skin disorders, liver problems, and ulcers. Carrots are easily digested and may be consumed in large quantities. A glass of carrot juice daily is one of the healthiest way to start your day.
Spinach, a leafy vegetable with more iron than any other vegetables, contain vitamins A, B, C and K. Spinach is also a body cleanser, with minerals such as calcium, iodine, iron, phosphorous and potassium. It is often recommended to fight anemia, depression and fatigue. Because it is a powerful leafy vegetable, it is recommended to be consumed in moderation.
Celery, a low calorie food, is thought to be beneficial for the digestive tract and cardiovascular system. Possible benefits of celery are lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of cancer, and preventing age-related degeneration of vision.Celery is a very rich source of antioxidants. It contains phenolic acids, flavonols, dihydrostilbenoids, flavones, furanocoumarins, and phytosterols as well as vitamins and minerals such as vitamin K and also contains folate, vitamin A, potassium, and vitamin C.
Ginger, is commonly used to treat various types of “stomach problems,” including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, nausea caused by cancer treatment, nausea and vomiting after surgery, as well as loss of appetite.
There are many recipes for energy drinks. Most of them recommend adding ginger for taste and for more added benefits. An energy drink should be made with natural and fruits and vegetables. There are risks and precautions with all vegetables and therefore one should learn about the potential of allergic reactions. I would also advise to always check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet. Knowing your body is a good start for a healthy path.
Beet, Spinach and Carrot Juice – my energy drink
- 1 beet cleaned, skin removed and cut into quarters
- 8 - 10 carrots cleaned and cut in halves or thirds
- 1 handful baby spinach
- 1 celery stalk cut in half
- 1 ginger root about 1 - 2 inches, depending on preference
- Press beet, carrots, spinach, ginger, and celery through a juicer. Pour into glass(es) and drink immediately, Enjoy!