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Hip to the BEET

April 16, 2015

Curiosity doesn’t always kill the cat.  It can actually lure the feline to some really awesome discoveries.  Take our new love for beet juice for example.  A trip to the farmer’s market this past week was not only a success for our wallets but for our bodily functions as well.  It never occurred to us to buy beets.  Especially for juicing and using as an ingredient in cocktails, but a light hearted suggestion sparked ideas to experiment and this sweet veggie quickly turned into a weekly diet requirement and lifetime love.

 

After getting our recent buys to the prep kitchen, we immediately prepped the variety of fruits and vegetables for juicing.  Wash + cut.  We’re ready to juice!  Our common practice is to juice everything separately then mix later for measuring purposes and to be sure we’re creating the desired concoction.  The juice we made was quite simple…and messy, no idea beets stained so easily (if you decide to make beet juice, be sure to protect your clothing and wear non latex gloves to protect those manis from red stains.  Also keep plenty of wet rags around for easy cleaning).  Once we got everything juiced, we mixed.  Once we mixed, we tasted and approved.  Be prepared for the strong beet flavor.  Even though we used three large organic beets we mixed it with other hefty portions of fruits and vegetables, and the beets still overpowered the other flavors.

 

We left the juice to chill for about two hours before we indulged.  No more than 20 minutes later after consumption there was a change, a spike in energy.  It was amazing.  A lot of work was done in the 3 to 4 hours the juice ran though our systems.  No idea beet juice could be this powerful.  After noticing the same effects twice more after drinking beet juice, there was an obligation to learn more.

 

All About the Beet

 

Beets are a prehistoric food that grew naturally along coastlines in North Africa, Asia, and Europe, and were traditionally used to heal people.  Originally it was the beet greens that were consumed, and the sweet red beet root we consume today wasn’t discovered until later. 

 

Once discovered with it’s natural sweetness, beets began being used for sugar after restricted access to sugar cane.  Beets are now the #1 raw material for sugar production in the US.  Which make sense since beets have the highest sugar content of all the vegetables.  Today’s sugars however, are from genetically modified beets, and it’s highly processed, so opt for raw sugar options instead.  But don’t miss out by not including them in your diet in whole form.  It’s health boosting nutrients is nothing but beneficial.  Drinking beet juice have been said to lower blood pressure, boost stamina, fight inflammation, and may even contain anti cancer properties.  The benefits likely come from the naturally occurring nitrates in beets, which convert into nitric oxide in the body.  Nitric oxide helps relax and dilate blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.  When fighting inflammation, a unique source of betaine helps protect cells, proteins and enzymes from environmental stress.  It also helps to fight inflammation to protect internal organs, improve vascular risk factors, and enhance performance.  Beets are rich in valuable nutrients and fiber, they are also contain vitamin C, fiber essential minerals like potassium & manganese (good for bones, liver, kidney, and pancreas), and B vitamin folate which helps reduce the risk of birth defects. *Please do not consume alcohol while pregnant

 

Beets can also offer detox support.  Valued for their support in detoxification and helping purify your blood and liver.

 

Don’t forget the greens!

 

When juicing beets, use everything, don’t throw away the stem or the green leafy top.  You would be doing yourself a disservice.  The healthiest part of the plant is the leaf.  Remember that was the first part of the beet we consumed in earlier years.  Nutrients like protein, phosphorus, zinc, fiber, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese, with significant amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron.  It actually contains more iron than spinach.

 

Important Facts

 

The benefits are POWERFUL! A little goes a long way.  Start with maybe 1 to 2 ounces a week (according to some articles)

 

Consume raw.  Some benefits are lost when cooked

 

Juice the whole beet.  Root + Stem

 

Don’t be alarmed

Consuming beets may cause your poop + urine to become red.

 

 

There are tons of scientific information and studies online about beets and their yummy juices.  There are even juicing recipes that include beet juice, for delicious and fresh healthy drinks.   The drink we created was on a whim.  We simply threw in what we thought would taste good, but the possibilities are endless.  Milk & Honey can create beet inspired cocktails or simply incorporate beet juice for hidden benefits for your private parties and events.  Prepping and juicing all the necessary ingredients prior to service.

 

The recipe we created included an addition four simple ingredients:

CARROT JUICE

BLOOD ORANGE JUICE

PINEAPPLE JUICE

LEMON JUICE

 

This mix helped soften the robust beet flavor though it was still substantially beety.  We loved it though.  ALL ORGANIC ingredients of course.

 

There are a number of different ways to include beet juice into your cocktails.  The sweet and earthy flavor compliments warming spirits like bourbon and scotch.  It’s vegetal character goes nicely with gin. You can even create beet infused vodka.   

 

So let’s add some nutrients to your cocktails.  No need to sacrifice your diet to have a good time.  Milk & Honey Mobile Bartending Service is proud to mix cocktails using fresh organic ingredients, with health and planet in mind.  Contact us for your next event. 

 

Cheers!

 

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