July 30, 2020

3 Chef-Made Beet Juice Recipes That Taste Good

Looking for Beet Juice Recipes that Actually Taste Good?

You’ve come to the right place.

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A lot of people think raw beets taste a little too…earthy (to put it nicely). Luckily our resident chef Ari Sexner is a wizard when it comes to pairing ingredients for optimal taste.

The three beet juice recipes below mask that (allegedly) dirt-like taste of raw beets by infusing flavors from other produce. Whether you prefer fruity juicer recipes or veggie-heavy drinks, Ari has created a juice for you.

Here are the three recipes (click one to skip to it):

Before diving into the recipes, we’ll examine the powerful health benefits of beets.

Let’s make Dwight Schrute proud.

The Power of Beets

Some people love beets, others hate ’em. But there’s no doubt that the sweet and bulbous root vegetable has risen to superfood status over the past decade or so.

Beet juice, also known as beetroot juice, is often included in juice cleanses. This is because of the health benefits listed below, and particularly the effects that beet juice has on weight loss and detoxification (two of the more common goals of a juice cleanse).

It’s no wonder why. Beet juice provides a number of powerful health benefits. Like what, you ask?

6 Health Benefits of Beet Juice

1. Great source of vitamins and minerals. 

Beet juice includes a significant amount of the following vitamins and minerals:

  • Folate (vitamin B9)
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin C

(Note that beets do NOT contain significant amounts of beta-carotene. That’s the antioxidant compound that your body can convert into vitamin A. Most red produce does contain a high amount of beta-carotene, which is why we felt the need to mention it.)

2. Helps lower blood pressure

Despite being somewhat high in sugar (9g per cup), beetroot is great for regulating your blood sugar levels. To quote NDTV:

Studies have shown that [red beet juice] does not lead to high glucose concentration in the blood.  This simply means that the natural sugars in beetroot are released very slowly in the body and thus, prevents sudden spikes.

This means that juicing beets may actually help diabetics.

Note: If you or a loved one is diabetic, check out our 4 Must-Try Juice Recipes for Diabetics.

3. Anti-inflammatory benefits

Inflammation is a natural process that your body uses to protect your health. However, too much inflammation can be detrimental to your health. It can cause cancer, diabetes, depression, and arthritis.

The anti-inflammatory properties of beets come from the phytonutrient betalains.

4. Great for detoxifying

Also thanks for betalains, beetroot juice is great for detoxification.

5. Antioxidant rich

One final upside of those beautiful betalains.

6. Better performance when exercising

Athletes tend to prize beetroot juice for its reputation of improving blood and oxygen flow.

You see, beet juice contains high levels of nitrates. Your body then converts that to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide helps your muscles take in more oxygen, increasing stamina. Put simply: it can help you exercise longer without feeling tired.

3 Beet Juice Recipes for Your Juicer

Note that while we use red beets in all of these recipes, you can use beets of any color. As you would expect, all of these fresh juice recipes are gluten-free and vegan.

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Bootsy

Do Beets that are boiled or simmered lose their vitamins or potency? What about Steeping?

Dec 19, 2020
Robin Frey

Hi Bootsy, Without seeing an actual lab study, I cannot answer that question with 100% accuracy, but I can tell you that in general, it is a known fact that cooking vegetables does decrease the nutrient content. However, in some vegetables cooking does make nutrients more bioavailable (easier for your body to absorb). I recommend that if you want to cook them, to either steam or microwave them for a short amount of time. You may find this article helpful: https://www.finecooking.com/article/does-cooking-boost-or-bust-nutrients-in-vegetables

Dec 21, 2020