beetroot orange & ginger juice

19th December 2011

Inspiration: divine influence; to be filled with spirit.

I find nature to be so wise and inspiring. Our dietary needs vary according to the season.  And if we pay attention to our body’s signals, we will find that the types of foods that bring us satisfaction will be different in the Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring.  At the beginning or midway of a cold Winter season (depending on where you live), we have these sweet, golden fruits hanging from the trees full of vitamin C which is just what is needed at this time of year.  And if I listen to my body carefully, I find my craving for them is strongest when nature has provided them.

In my garden, each season is different and I am rediscovering how natural and rewarding it is to eat different foods to what is available seasonally.  Every day, something a little bit different, inspiring and beautiful emerges.  Among many other things, I have beetroot and an orange tree within 10 metres from my kitchen – nature’s way of creating awareness and inspiration to join them to make such a sweet, fresh cleansing drink.

A perfect welcome when you feel low energy, overwhelmed, or emotional.  A time to pause and take positive steps to renew yourself.

The orange is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin A and flavonoids which helps against infections by supporting your immune system.

The ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that is useful for relieving symptoms associated with arthritis, motion sickness and nausea. Ginger helps the body get rid of toxins, stimulates circulation, boosts your immune system and provides a pleasant “warming” sensation against winter chills.

Beetroot has a very grounding energy, improves your circulation, cleans your body and purifies your blood.  One of the major benefits of beet juice is that it contains a colour pigment called betalain.  This is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.  Beetroots are high in folic acid and manganese.  The green leaf is high in vitamin A, C, K as well as calcium and iron.  Vitamin C increases iron absorption, so raw beetroot is a great way to get your daily dose.

What a wonderful way to embrace Winter!

beetroot orange & ginger juice

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Serves 2 glasses

ingredients :

2 small-medium beetroot, roots plus greens – The greens contain most of the healthy minerals and vitamins

4 oranges – peeled

1-inch knob fresh ginger

preparation :

Wash the beetroot and their greens.  Peel the rind off the oranges.

Push all the ingredients through your vegetable juicer.  If you use organic beetroot and ginger, you don’t have to peel them.  Pour it into glasses, stir and serve.

references :

http://www.drweilblog.com/display/Search?searchQuery=ginger&moduleId=3567333&moduleFilter=&categoryFilter=&startAt=0

http://www.thebestofrawfood.com/benefits-of-beet-juice.html

Goodness shared from Stacey

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