This ginger beet juice recipe only requires 6 fresh ingredients, a few minutes, and a juicer to make. Why buy a drink at the store when you can make it cleaner and quicker at home?
In this recipe, beet and ginger are sweetened with green grapes and sugar. We add a bit of lime juice to balance out the sweetness and lift another level, making it a wonderful, energizing morning quencher.
Is a Beet a Fruit or Vegetable?
Botanists define a vegetable as the edible part of a plant, including leaves, stalk, flower, and root. In the case of beet or beetroot, there are both leaves and roots.
Beets range in size and color, but the majority of beets you will find at the grocery store fall into 4 categories:
- Red beets: red is the type that we are most familiar with. This deep-red veggie offers a nice crunchy texture and sweet flavor in its fresh form.
They can also be stored for a relatively long time. Although you might lose a bit of tenderness with time, the roots increase in sweetness the longer they are stored.
- Chioggia beets: these have a unique red-and-white-ringed flesh and turn pink once cooked. If you want to maintain the bright stripe on the flesh, a little tip that works is to coat slices in lemon juice or vinegar.
- Golden beets: as the name suggests, these beets have a golden color, and are also more mellow in taste compared to their peers. However, their yellow-hue can intensify nicely while roasting, making them perfect for adding color to roasted or salad dishes.
- Sugar beets: with a turnip-like appearance, sugar beets have an off-white color with a conical shape. The sucralose level of this variation is extremely high so it’s mostly grown for commercial purposes, especially sugar production.
Our recipe today uses red beets as they are the most widely available and have fantastic health benefits.
Is Ginger Beet Juice Good for You?
Yes. Like other juices, this ginger and beet juice contains most of the vitamins, minerals, and plant chemicals found in the produce’s raw form, sans the fiber.
Beets are low in calories but packed with a variety of nutrients, including:
- Betaine: a type of antioxidant which causes the red or orange color for many fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants play an important part in protecting cells from oxidative damage.
- Nitrates and folate: one cup of beets contains nearly 40% of your DV for folate. Nitrates in beets transform into nitric oxide— a component that can widen the blood vessels and help lower blood pressure.
- Potassium: an essential micronutrient that we need to maintain bone and muscle health. One study showed that people who consume about 4,000 mg of potassium a day have a 49% lower risk of facing heart diseases compared to those who only absorb 1,000 mg per day.
Along with the beets, our juice contains ginger which has been used in both cooking and medicine for thousands of years. Here are some of its most notable benefits:
- Improves the immune system: gingerol, a compound that creates the sharp flavor in ginger, helps to fight the flu and colds, and supports your immunity.
- Lowers cancer risk: a recent study revealed that ginger has antioxidative and anti-inflammatory effects. This root veggie has potential when it comes to treating degenerative disorders, cardiovascular disorders, and cancer.
Now you know how good it is for you, let’s go over how to make this lip-smacking ginger beet juice recipe.
How to Make Ginger Beet Juice
Step 1: Juice
Feed green grapes, cucumber, beets, celery, and ginger into a juicer.
Step 2: Pour the liquid into a pitcher
Transfer the liquid into a large pitcher.
Step 3: Add lemon juice and sugar
Add lemon juice and sugar. Use a spoon to stir until all the sugar has dissolved.
Step 4: Serve
Serve the juice over ice for added refreshment.
Do You Peel The Ginger and Beets Before Juicing?
To peel or not to peel, that is the question. Fruits and vegetables often have the highest concentration of nutrients just below or in the skin, so in most cases, you should keep the skin intact if possible.
However, root vegetables like ginger and beet offer a natural earthy taste that not everyone enjoys. Peeling the outer skin can help to reduce the earthiness.
How Long Does Ginger Beet Juice Last?
The shelf life of ginger beet juice depends on the temperature it is exposed to. At room temperature, it’s best to consume the drink within the first 2 hours.
If you store the juice properly in the refrigerator, it can last for up to 2 days without altering the quality or flavor. We recommend using a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid, and as little air in the container as possible.
Ginger Beet Juice Recipe
- 6 oz beets
- 1 oz ginger
- 8 oz green grapes
- 16 oz cucumber
- 2 oz celery
- 1.5 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp sugar
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- Feed green grapes, cucumber, beets, celery, and ginger into a juicer.
- Transfer the liquid into a large pitcher.
- Add lemon juice and sugar. Use a spoon to stir until all the sugar has dissolved.
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