Looking for some "Get Up" to prompt your "GO"? Drink an energizing and healthy Beet, Persimmon, and Spinach Juice. The results are un"BEET"able!
Every Fall, the beautiful and delicious persimmon is seasonally abundant. While my husband rampantly devours the fruit and walks around the house with orange dribble dripping from his beard, I am in creativity-mode trying to find ways to add persimmon to EVERYTHING. Seriously - I would eat persimmon in spaghetti. I absolutely adore the taste and texture of persimmons, but one of best things about the fruit, is its ability to put some extra pep in my step! When in season, I love using Persimmon for pre-workout juices and smoothies.
The Persimmon, native to Japan, is high in natural sugars, so it provides a great energy boost before a workout. The body absorbs the sugar and converts it into energy during exercise. Because the tasty fruit is composed of about 80% water, the persimmon also helps maintain hydration and replenish lost fluid when sweated. Containing healthy amounts of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and phosphorus, the persimmon is excellent for improving endurance during exercise while also replenishing much-needed trace minerals lost when sweating.
In addition to the nutrient-dense persimmon, Beets are one of my favorite pre-workout vegetables to eat or drink. Throughout various studies, scientists are recognizing the health benefits of beets, especially for athletes due to the naturally occurring nitrates found in beets which increase circulation and improve running time. Muscles perform the same amount but require less oxygen (nitric oxide). N-O is the master of regulation and controls blood flow to every organ and tissue. Is this a good thing? Heck yes! N-O gets the blood flowing! Beets also enhance lung capacity by widening "hyper-responsive" airways and relaxing muscles and nerves.
There is a reason Popeye ate spinach! Spinach is high in minerals and vitamins A, C, and K. Spinach promotes healthy skin, hair, and nails and also reduces inflammation which is perfect for pre and post-workout muscle and joint repair. Enjoy some greens. Your body will thank you!
Juicing vs. Blending?
For the smoothie lovers out there, this recipe also works well blended (especially if you have a high-tech blender). The difference? Blending rather than juicing ingredients will include nutritious fiber; I am definitely a smoothie gal because I love putting yummy nutrients and fiber into my body. However, when I want some super energy to sustain a workout, I opt for fresh juice. Fresh juice allows my body to more easily absorb nutrients, and my digestive system doesn't have to work as hard to break down the fruit and veggies during a workout. Ultimately, do what's best for YOUR body's specific needs. Yes - listen to your body; it knows best!
Lately, I have been super excited to lace up my running shoes and head to the beach path; drinking a Beet Persimmon Workout Juice is the perfect boost for enhancing my enthusiasm. The weather is a little more crisp and cloudy in the mornings now that Fall has finally arrived in Southern California; the chilly weather and delicious seasonal fruit prompt me to get up and move.
My husband recently ran the Malibu Half-Marathon, and unfortunately, due to some injuries, I did not run the race; however, I was able to attend the race with my cheering voice ready for action. Seeing the finishers is extremely inspirational. An 80-year-old man crossed the line in less than 2 1/2 hours. Amazing! Find what motivates you and GO! Cheers to being SUPER.
Pre-Workout Beet, Persimmon and Spinach Juice Recipe
2 ripe Fuyu persimmons
1 medium beet
1 apple (Granny variety)
3 celery sticks
handful of spinach
1-2 inches of ginger
dash of cinnamon
Through your juicer, process vegetables and fruits. Use organic fruits and veggies when possible. Pour juice into a glass and add ice cubes if desired. Sprinkle with cinnamon.