Sometimes I think it’s important to look for recipe inspiration in new places. As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a beet kick (and a pink kick) lately — so today’s fresh juice recipe is inspired by pink hues! This juice is totally different than what I would usually make — and it’s all because I combined ingredients for colour first, and flavour second. My Blushing Beet Juice incorporates seasonal produce like beets, oranges and grapefruit with ingredients that I don’t normally juice, like strawberries (which have been looking particularly delicious lately, even though they’re not in season). The result is a perfectly sweet, balanced pink juice, packed full of amazing, heart healthy ingredients. Enjoy this vibrant pink juice for love month — the recipe makes enough for two generous servings, and you can also freeze it to make your own popsicles (kids love them!). Have some fun in the kitchen this February and shake up your juicing menu!
This gorgeous pink juice combines a medley of powerhouse ingredients to boast some incredible health benefits! Earthy beets are highly nutritious, full of antioxidants and great for cardiovascular health and anti-aging. Naturally sweet carrots provide beta-carotenes, falcarinol, vitamin A, minerals and antioxidants. Apples combine rich phyto-nutrients along with antioxidants and flavanoids which aid in disease prevention and maintaining optimal health. Oranges add a healthy dose of vitamin C, while ginger aids in digestion and detoxification. Grapefruits are fantastic for heart health and normalizing blood pressure — plus they balance the earthiness of the beets perfectly.
And lastly, sunny strawberries round the juice out with their sweetness, and a mega dose of antioxidants, nutrients and potassium. Combine all of these beautiful ingredients and you have a powerful, pink juice that you can enjoy year round — but I especially love it in February. My Blushing Beet Juice combines sweet, earthy, spicy and citrus elements in balanced blend that tastes a bit like spring — even though it’s made with winter produce!
BLUSHING BEET JUICE
Yield: 32 oz (4 cups) or 2 generous servings
• 2 large carrots
• 2 apples (I used Ambrosia)
• 1 beet
• 1 lime
• 1 grapefruit
• 2 small oranges
• 1/2″ piece ginger
• 1 pint of strawberries
• Splash of coconut cream
1. Start with chilled produce. Chop all ingredients into 1″ pieces.
2. Add ingredients one at a time to your Hurom Slow Juicer (or similar), starting with an ingredient that isn’t as juicy (like ginger), and alternating with an ingredient that makes lots of juice (like an apple). This will ensure that the juicy ingredients flush the not-so-juicy ingredients through the juicer and you’ll get more of them in your cup!
3. Once you’ve juiced all of your ingredients, stir the juice and pour over ice.
4. If you want to add a touch of decadence to the juice, add a splash of coconut cream. It’s optional, but makes the juice more of a treat (and a lighter, more vibrant shade of pink!).
5. Add a fun straw, or garnish of your choice and enjoy.
Note: You can freeze this juice to make your own popsicles, too!
If you’ve ever juiced beets you know how messy (and stainy) they can be! We have white quartz countertops that don’t like red wine or beets very much, so after I got the shots of the glasses that I wanted, I had a little fun. This is a tile that I use as a backdrop for shoots, and it wipes up really easily — so I played around with splattering the juice across it!
Maybe I went off on a tangent here, but I really like these shots. Sometimes I get sick of everything being so perfectly composed — it’s fun to change it up and experiment! It reminded me of watercolour painting, which I used to love in college. I went to the Alberta College of Art and Design and have a Bachelor of Design, but I took a year of fine art. I used to paint all the time!
STILL THIRSTY? MORE FRESH JUICE RECIPES
Green Jalapeño Margaritas (make them virgin for a delicious green juice!)
Also, this in my 100th blog post! It seems a little crazy that I’ve done 100 blog posts in just under a year — I’m having a hard time believing it! It’s interesting to reflect on how far I’ve come and what a journey blogging has been. It’s definitely a labour of love, and I feel more inspired to create content than ever! If you’re curious, here’s a link to my very first blog post; my Super C Hibiscus Berry Smoothie — which coincidentally is also a pink drink recipe. When I started JustineCelina I took all my food photos on my iPhone 5, and in a square format. I still love that recipe, and the memories behind its creation — but I’ve definitely progressed in my blogging style and photography since then. So… enjoy, haha!
What are your favourite seasonal fruits and veggies to juice? I’ve been loving beets and grapefruits lately. If you try my Blushing Beet Juice, let me know how you liked it — I love it when you guys make my recipes and give me your feedback! You can tag me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, or use the hashtag #justinecelinarecipes in your recreations so I can find them! I also have a board on Pinterest for my recipes, if you care to follow along for inspiration.
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