Add Some Spice to Your Life
Want to increase circulation and boost immunity? Sip a Beet Grapefruit Juice with Cayenne and feel energized and healthy! Cayenne pepper in juice, eh? Yes! Sometimes we need a KAPOW kick of spice to get our circulation super motivated to MOVE, especially during the chilly winter months. Like the "Wake Up" juice Doc Brown drinks in Back to the Future Part III, this sweet and spicy juice will wake up your senses, cells, and circulation.
Used as a healing food since ancient times, beets are a nutritious jackpot of minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. In addition to the glorious benefits of beets, the grapefruit, often overlooked for Little Cuties (tangerines), is extremely high in vitamins and fiber. Its distinct sweet and slightly tart taste along with its health benefits (high in Biotin, Copper, Fiber, and Vitamins A and ) are some of the many reasons to add grapefruit to your diet.
Vitamin A and C
Vitamin A and C are important for promoting growth and development and boosting immunity. Vitamin C offers antioxidant qualities while also helping produce collagen (a protein that plays a critical role in the structure of our bodies). Vitamin C also promotes serotonin which greatly impacts the nervous system, endocrine system, immune system, and digestive system. Increasing your Vitamin C intake is also an excellent way to heal a pesky cold!
If you are looking for ways to get your circulation pumping, add a dash of cayenne to your favorite fresh juice. Cayenne blends perfectly with the sweet combination of beets, grapefruit, and apples. In addition to being high in vitamins and minerals, cayenne pepper also relives pain, burns calories and suppresses appetite, treats psoriasis, and can treat some headaches. In the mood for more spice? Check out this Huffington Post article "Spice It Up: It's Good for You" and discover additional healthy and spicy foods to add to your diet.
Remember - beets are powerful detoxifiers, so when juicing, listen to your body! For more info regarding juicing vs. blending, stop by my Pre-Workout Beet Persimmon Juice post.
Cheers to "waking up" and feeling fabulous!
- 2-3 large grapefruits
- 3 medium carrots
- 2 small-medium beets
- 1-2 apples (preferably Granny Smith)
- 1 lime*
- cayenne powder (to taste)
- a handful of romaine lettuce or power greens (optional)
*I LOVE lime, so I juice limes rind and all. The lime taste will be quite prominent that way, so if you prefer a more subtle lime taste, squeeze fresh lime juice into your juice after juicing the remaining ingredients. I also encourage you to add cayenne powder in very small quantities to your juice. Remember - there are no "take-backs" once cayenne is added!
Also, if you have an awesome high-speed blender, this juice tastes great as a smoothie.
1. Gently rinse all juicing ingredients, especially if juicing the peels.
2. Cut grapefruits, beets, and apples in wedges. Cut carrots in half or juice whole.
3. Juice all ingredients adding lime (if preferred) and cayenne after juicing is complete.
4. Mix juice as it will settle.
5. Pour fresh juice over ice to chill.