I’m not a diet girl, I’m sure you know that by now if you have been following my blog a bit. But I do like healthy treats and one very easy thing to do after those heavy unhealthy Holiday meals, is to treat myself to a superhealthy juice in the mornings and eat light but balanced and nutritious meals during the rest of the day, with the help of my cookbooks and favourite chefs like Pascale Naessens. When I posted a preview of my first 2016 ‘let’s give your body a bit of a healthy boost’ recipe on Instagram, people seemed so excited about it, I ended up spending all weekend editing my photos and writing up the recipe, well to be fair, there wasn’t much writing involved in this one as it’s just blending and sieving so the preparation part is very short!
Now I have to set the record straight on one thing: this is not a detox juice. “What? Why?!” Because detox juices are a scam. Shocked? I was when I discovered this thanks to my Swedish colleague Daniel. Drinking a juice won’t detox your body because detoxing or the idea that you can flush your system of impurities and leave your organs squeaky clean is a hoax! He linked me up to a very interesting scientific article about cleansing and detox diets with only juices at the center of it, with the conclusion that “Any approach that leads to healthy long-term success is a good one. A fast done correctly can lead to many positive outcomes such as improvements in blood lipids. If a glass of juice or a cup of tea can direct a person away from too much alcohol or unhealthy food options that is certainly a step in the right direction. However, it is important to remember that nutrition is one part of a healthy lifestyle- not the center of it. Other areas in life must be balanced, such as stress management, and it is crucial to find foods and lifestyle adjustments tailored to your internal biochemistry. One size almost never fits all.”
Science based medicine helps to explain why detoxing is a scam based upon a real medical term: “Detox is a case of a legitimate medical term being turned into a marketing strategy – all designed to treat a nonexistent condition. In the setting of real medicine, detoxification means treatments for dangerous levels of drugs, alcohol, or poisons, like heavy metals.”
More on the subject of detoxing, Edzard Ernst, emeritus professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University says: “You can go on a seven-day detox diet and you’ll probably lose weight, but that’s nothing to do with toxins, it’s because you would have starved yourself for a week. If toxins did build up in a way your body couldn’t excrete, he says, you’d likely be dead or in need of serious medical intervention. The healthy body has kidneys, a liver, skin, even lungs that are detoxifying as we speak,” he says.
So there you have it, don’t use healthy juices thinking it will detox you, use it as part of a healthy lifestyle but don’t let it be your only healthy thing in life. Don’t go on a juice or cleanse diet, it’s not the juice that makes you lose weight, it’s the fact that you’re not eating calories, and please don’t go starve yourself, no one benefits from that. So make sure you set up your own lifestyle, where you eat varied meals throughout the week and don’t be afraid to let yourself go every once in a while, just make sure you balance it out, because balancing your life is the best thing you can for yourself. Don’t go from one extreme to another, don’t ‘punish’ yourself with nasty detox juice diets but treat your body to some good stuff all year round.
And that’s what this beetroot juice can help you with! Why is it so good for your body and general health? Because of the great benefits you get from eating/drinking raw beets. “The health benefits of beets include the treatment of anemia, indigestion, constipation, piles, kidney disorders, dandruff, gall bladder disorders, cancer, and heart disease. It also helps to prevent macular degeneration, improve blood circulation, aid in skin care, prevent cataracts and mediate respiratory problems. These health benefits of beet roots can be attributed to their richness in nutrients, vitamins and minerals.” – Organicfacts
But it’s not just the beets, the carrots are good for you too! World’s healthiest foods explains: “Packed with health-promoting beta carotene, they promote good vision, especially night vision, and help combat health-damaging free radical activity.” Carrots are high in antioxidants, which is something that does your body real good. “Free radicals are harmful molecules that can be anywhere, including in the air you breathe, cigarette smoke or the foods you eat. Antioxidants protect the body’s cells from damage due to free radicals. The most common antioxidants include vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and carotenoids, including beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein.” – Livestrong
Same thing can be said for apples, as they are also extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. “The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.”, says Medical News Today
So there you have it, a juice that won’t detox your body, but it will give you a health boost with a lot of benefits in the long run if you drink it more often!
Makes: about 1l of juice
- 2 medium uncooked raw beetroots
- 1 red apple, 1 green apple
- 2 large carrots
- 700 ml water
- Optional: 2-4 tablespoons of lemon juice
Needed: a blender, you can of course use a juicer but you probably won’t need as much water
Don’t wear anything white. Peel the beetroots and try not to get any red splatters on yourself (and keep some kitchen paper close to you) and peel the carrots and apples as well. Toss them all in your blender, add the water and blend! Or do it in 2 turns, one with the green apple and one with the red apple if your blender isn’t big enough (happened to me).
Pass the whole thing through a sieve and press it down as much as you can to get all the juices from the blended mixture. Have a sip of it and decide for yourself if you want to add some lemon juice or not. I personally didn’t want the beetroot flavour to be too overpowering and the whole juice to be too sweet so I added the lemon juice to balance it out when I made my 0,5 liter juice with only the red apple. If you go for 1 liter and use both green and red, the green one will also give some sourness like the lemon juice so it’s really just up to your own taste if you still want to add some extra lemon juice to it or not, it mostly depends on how big your beets were and how much you like the taste of them as some people shiver at the idea of drinking beetroot!