One thing I have been loving lately is having a more consistent regimen of fresh juice in the morning. It's such a great way to start the day, and it feels good to know that you already got a giant dose of fruits and veggies in your system. It's been amazing to be near so many more fresh juice spots here in Nashville. So I've been taking advantage of that perk whenever I can as well. I had an amazing beet juice the other day, and it got me thinking that I should switch out my usual green juice in the morning for a beet-based juice every now and then to shake things up a bit. Beets can be a little messy to work with since they stain clothing and skin so easily, but they are so good (and good for you!) that it's worth the risk! And in case you're wondering, this juice doesn't really have anything to do with The Go-Go's, puns just make me laugh…
2 peeled beets
1 orange (rind removed)
3 sticks of celery
1" ginger root
Prepare all your juice items and cut the bigger items into sizes that are small enough to fit into the opening of your juicer (I usually have to cut the beets and large apples into quarters). One thing I would totally recommend is to prepare all your ingredients the night before you prepare the juice. The prep work of juicing is definitely the most time consuming, so it's great to already have everything peeled/cut in a container in the fridge so you can get right to juicing in the morning. Also, some people like to keep certain skins on fruit and veggies for the nutrients in the skin, so feel free to leave on or take off whichever skins you want. I usually peel citrus fruits since the rinds make the juice really bitter, and the skin of the beet really adds to the earthy taste, so I usually remove those.
You'll notice I'm wearing gloves when handling the beets. They stain so easily, so it's a good way to avoid contact and you can clean all the beet juice off of things without worrying about it. Definitely be careful if you have light countertops that stain. Use a really big cutting board to avoid juice stains.
How beautiful is that juice?? I love the bright pink foam on the top as well. This juice is hearty enough to keep you full for a while, but light enough to be perfect for a morning drink. As always with juice, you can vary the taste easily by adding more or less of any one ingredient, but it's always amusing to me how different even the same exact recipe can taste just based on the particular crop of veggies you use. Think you're ready for a new tasty, healthy, morning routine?? xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.