I explored some more delicious juices this past week.
Watermelon, beetroot and blueberry has become a new favourite. Sounds odd I know but I promise it is truly delicious! Tasted like purple silk in the mouth.
Of course you may know by now that my creations are always considerate of the body and nutrition so I decided to rustle up a few facts for you about the ingredients to further encourage you to give it a go. You can find the recipe below.
1/4 raw beetroot, peeled
2 cups chopped watermelon
1/2 cup blueberries
1 cup water
Blend for 15 – 30 second depending on your blender, check the consistency is smooth and serve immediately.
Primary research has shown that beetroot juice significantly reduced blood pressure in hypertensive patients and therefore would likely have an effect on mechanisms of cardiovascular disease. It also has high levels of folate also known as Vitamin B6 used in DNA replication, this would explain the reason taht folate is so key during conception and pregnancy.
Beet roots contain beatines, which may function to reduce the concentration of homocystiene, a marker used in medical diagnostics of cardiovascular risk. This hypothesis is controversial as it has not yet been established whether homocysteine itself is harmful or is just an indicator of increased risk for cardiovascular disease.
Nutrients are usually best asimilated from an unprocessed and uncooked form so juicing a raw root in a high powered blender such as a blendtech or viatmix is perfect or a cold press juicer. However for a different option perhaps you might like to enjoy a salad version? I have added the incredibly simple but wow-factor raw beetroot salad I often serve with baked sea bream or trout.
1 raw beetroot
1 large heaped tbsp of lebanese tahini – I like this for its smooth texture and rich flavour
1/2 lemon, juices
Toasted pumpkin seeds and 1 tsp chopped parsley for garnish
Simply grate the beetroot into a a mixing bowl and add the lemon juice and the tahini and mix well until evenly coated. Serve up in a bowl that shows up the beautiful colors and sprinkle over your garnishes.
Simple, beautiful, delicious!