Basil Beet Juice With A Ginger Kick

My tribute to the truly incredible Rolling Stones—I was lucky enough to see them at a small gig at the Brixton Academy and mind-blowing is the only word I can use. In case you don’t know, "Ruby Tuesday" was released in January 1967.

Beetroot is currently one of the most talked-about vegetables in terms of its nutritional benefits and there have been several studies conducted globally about the effects of drinking beetroot juice.

The conclusion of all these studies is that the high level of nitrates found in beetroot keep the blood vessels dilated, meaning that high blood pressure is reduced and stamina in both the elderly and also athletes is improved due to the increased oxygen uptake capability.

This juice is also loaded with vitamins B and C and beta-carotene, as well as calcium, magnesium, iron, sodium, potassium and magnesium.

Now, on with the juice! Rich, nutritious beetroot and carrot juice combined with sweet creamy pineapple juice, a mellow fresh hit of basil and a little cheeky kick of ginger. This is one of the nicest juices on my detox program—hope you agree.

Beet Juice with a Ginger Kick

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • ¼ medium pineapple (with or without the skin, depending on your juicer)
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 small bulb raw beetroot
  • 1—2 cm chunk root ginger
  • 4 sprigs fresh basil
  • 1 small handful ice cubes
  • no brown sugar (sorry, just a little ref to a Stones track)

Preparation

Juice all the ingredients, but make sure you sandwich the basil and ginger in between other ingredients to ensure maximum juice extraction.

This post is excerpted from 5 Lbs in 5 Days: The Juice Detox Diet (HarperCollins 2014) by Jason Vale.

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