Beets are a personal favourite of mine and also your liver's best friend.
Beets have been used for centuries as a blood and liver purifier. I think it's so cool, that even before science was really 'a thing', the ancients knew that beets were amazing!
When eaten whole - I love them raw in salads or roasted with balsamic - they provide you with a decent amount of fibre which is great for your gut. Plus, the other nutrients in beets are really cool; and they contain SO MANY!
They are rich in folate, manganese, vitamin C, potassium and betalains. Betalains are that beautiful magenta-red pigment in beets and function as phytonutrients, providing the body with antioxidant support. They are legit super-nutrients for your liver that help move out and excrete toxins.
Now, I bloody love me a raw or roasted beet, BUT I also love beet juice and I want to share with you a recipe that I make most weeks in some variation. This is not for the faint-hearted, so if you're not down with ginger and chilli in massive amounts, or the overpowering earthy flavour that beets possess....walk away now!
Beet, Chilli & Ginger Jungle Juice | MOD Appliances
Carissa is and accredited and practicing clinical nutritionist with over 8+ years in private practice and 15+ years in the food and health industry. Over her years in private practice, Carissa has furthered her education and specialises in GIT disorders and diets (IBS, Chrons, IBD, FODMAPs, histamines and other food intolerances) and also the female hormone web and the genetics involved in that hormone function.
With her extensive food knowledge, Carissa loves creating tailored and individualised meal plans for her clients that help them not only achieve their goals but also really enjoy the process - not matter what food plan they might need to follow!
Carissa loves educating and public speaking and has being part of many events over the years talking about her passions in the gut health and hormone space. She is also one half of the dynamic Duo that is the JCN Clinic Podcast show
2-3 long red chillis
1 large chunk of ginger
2 large beets, scrubbed clean and cut into chunks
2 lebanese cucumbers
2 small-medium carrots
3 apples, cut into chunks
1 lime, peeled & cut in half
1 large handful of spinach
1/3 bunch of mint
Set up your MOD Cold Press for juicing (see the juicing handbook for more detailed instructions);
Slowly feed the produce down the chute;
Serve the juice with a couple of ice cubes.