After introducing the first green smoothie last week that tasted like pure chocolate bliss, this week we tried a combination that was inspired by what I had in my fridge at home: carrots & beetroot. Surely we could use these for our next office energy booster?
Yes, of course! Beetroot, carrot and apple are the basic ingredients of what’s often referred to as the ‘Miracle Drink’, for it’s many health benefits. Sometimes ginger or lemon is added too.
Beetroot has got incredible liver cleansing properties, and it promotes the bowel function, so it’s excellent as a remedy for diarrhea and constipation. Beetroot has an excellent detoxing properties. Beets are also rich in Beets are loaded with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C, and a superb source of calcium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, sodium and iron.
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, as well other antioxidants that help protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Apple is added not only to give it a fresh flavour, apples also contain vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, C, E and K, Folate, Niacin, Zinc, Copper, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Calcium, Sodium and Manganese.
We added cooled buchu rooibos tea as a liquid. Buchu is also known for its medicinal properties, as it’s effective in the treatment of bladder and urinary tract infections (UTI),and kidney infections, and buchu is also often used to treat prostate infections. Buchu's healing and soothing properties indicate its use in combination with other relevant remedies for many conditions affecting the urinary tract.
We’re spoilt in South Africa to have Buchu growing in the Cederberg area in particular. It was in this area, around 300 years ago, that the indigenous Khoi San people introduced Buchu to European settlers.
So we combined all this goodness into our office juice!
- 2 beets, cut in quarters (raw)
- 3 carrots (raw)
- 1 apple, halved (stalk removed)
- 1 to 2 cups chilled buchu rooibos tea
Add all ingredients to your OmniBlend jug, and blend starting at low, then increase to medium power. As the ingredients are raw, you’ll blend for 30 to 60 seconds. Add some more cold water if it’s too thick.
Place your nut milk bag in a bowl, and poor the contents of the jug into the nut milk bag. Let the juice drip out of the nut milk bag, and squeeze the last bit of juice out of it, so that only the pulp remains in the nut milk bag. Serves 3.
Give it a try, we’ve been beaming all day on this juice!