Add some spice to your life! Want to increase circulation and boost immunity? Sip a Beet Grapefruit Juice with Cayenne! Cayenne pepper in juice, eh? Yes! Sometimes we need a KAPOW kick of spice to get our circulation super motivated to MOVE! Like the "Wake Up" juice Doc Brown drinks in Back to the Future Part III, this sweet and spicy juice with beets, grapefruit, and cayenne will wake up your senses, cells, and circulation.
Healing Benefits of Beets
Used as a healing food since ancient times, beets are a nutritious jackpot of minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Beet juice lowers blood pressure, detoxifies the liver, and improves cardiovascular function. In addition to the glorious health 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 nutrition profile (high in Biotin, Copper, Fiber, and Vitamins A and C ) are some of the many reasons to add grapefruit to your diet.
Benefits of Vitamins 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 relieves pain, burns calories and suppresses appetite, treats psoriasis, and can treat some headaches. In the mood for more spice? Check out this article "Spice It Up: It's Good for You" and discover additional healthy and spicy foods to add to your diet.
To juice or not to juice? That is the question. Remember - beets are powerful detoxifiers, so when juicing, listen to your body. Cheers to "waking up" and feeling fabulous!
Get Spicy: Beet and Grapefruit Juice with Cayenne Recipe
2-3 large grapefruits
3 medium carrots
1-2 apples (preferably Granny Smith)
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. If you have an awesome high-speed blender, this juice tastes great as a smoothie; however, if blending, remove lime rinds.
1. Gently rinse all juicing ingredients, especially if juicing the peels. Use organic when possible.
2. Cut grapefruits, beets, and apples in wedges. Cut carrots in half or juice whole.
3. Juice all ingredients, adding lime (if preferred)
4. Add a dash (or more depending on your spice tolerance) of cayenne after juicing is complete. Add cayenne in small quantities as there are no "take backs" once cayenne is added.
5. Mix juice as it will settle.
6. Pour fresh juice over ice to chill. Enjoy!