One of my favorite and oldest kitchen tools is my juicer. I have done several juice fasts and I find them to be quite enjoyable. I also like to sip on fresh juices throughout the day for their therapeutic benefits and to get an extra boost of vitamins.
This pineapple-beet-carrot juice recipe is great to stimulate digestion and support a healthy liver, which performs hundreds of metabolic processes in your body!
Believe it or not, this last month has been my first time tasting pineapples again in about 2 years because I used to be allergic to them. After making and eating my own cultured foods to rebuild my damaged gut flora, I now have healthier immune and digestive systems and I can eat pineapple again without any asthmatic flareups! This is probably one of the best things that has ever happened to me, you know besides marrying my wonderful husband. 😉
The health benefits of pineapple are numerous. You may have heard of an enzyme called bromelain that is contained in pineapple. It is naturally anti-inflammatory, and helps your body to break down proteins, facilitating the digestive process.
Pineapple is also high in vitamin C, which is good for your immune system, and supports a healthy stress response. Unlike many animals, humans cannot synthesize their own vitamin C. We need to acquire it from our food, so drink up!
Yellow Beet Juice
I’m going to share a secret with you. I’m not a fan of beets. The President doesn’t like beets either. He banned them from the White House garden. However, I know they are full of health benefits, so I have been making an effort to try different methods of incorporating them into my diet anyway. I am happy to say this juice was a success. The beet flavor is mellow and it co-mingled with the pineapple and carrot nicely. This is progress!
Beet juice promotes healthy blood flow and helps to reduce blood pressure. It also helps to improve exercise performance! The nitrates in beet juice reduce oxygen uptake, which means you don’t get as tired when you exercise. This is great news for endurance athletes. Indeed, I made and drank a beet juice cocktail last year when I ran a half marathon.
Beets are also high in iron, which assists the red blood cells in delivering oxygen to your body. Finally, beets have long been known to protect and strengthen the liver. They contain a chemical compound called “betaine”, which helps the liver to move out toxins and heal itself.
This is why I’m willing to give beets a chance! 🙂
Carrots are another food that I have a long and finicky history with. Growing up, I hated them. When I started exploring healthier eating habits and was looking for natural ways to reduce my high cholesterol, I decided to give them a try. I found there are many foods they pair well with, particularly citrus and other tangy fruits. Carrots and pineapple were meant to be together. Over the years, I developed quite a taste for them, and carrot cake is my favorite dessert now! They are quite versatile in raw food preparation too.
Most people think of beta-carotene and the eyes when the topic of the carrot’s health benefits comes up. They are not wrong, but there is so much more to the carrot. It is also a good digestive aide. If you drink carrot juice 20 minutes before your meal, it helps to stimulate your digestive juices and detoxify your liver.
Combined with pineapple and beet root, this juice blend is a great pre-meal drink to facilitate optimal digestion and a healthier metabolism! As an added bonus, the carotenoids also help to protect you from cancer.
- 3 cups fresh chopped pineapple
- 2 yellow beets
- 8 medium sized organic carrots
- Run ingredients through juicer in the order shown.
- Strain if desired.
- It is best to juice softer ingredients first and harder ingredients last so that the harder ingredients will move all of the pulp from the softer ingredients through the machine.