In general, I’m not a huge proponent of raw diets. I find too much raw food aggravating to my stomach, but I believe any healthy eating plan regularly incorporates raw food. And although I don’t fast or liquid cleanse regularly, I find a day of raw juices and lightly-cooked vegetables very cleansing and healing.
This recipe –slightly modified–comes from another blogger passionate about food and health: bbalacarte.
Besides tasting delicious, this juice is incredibly good for you because it contains the following:
- beets to purify the blood and liver
- carrots to detoxify the liver and provide ample vitamin A, benefitting the immune system and skin
- ginger to aide digestion, reduce inflammation and improve circulation
- apple, which is thought to help reduce cholesterol and levels of some heavy metals
- orange, a rich source of vitamin C
- cinnamon to reduce fatigue and improve circulation
1 large beet, scrubbed clean and chopped into 1-inch chunks
3 carrots, chopped in halves or thirds
1 apple, skin on but core removed
One 1-inch piece of ginger root, peeled
1/2 an orange, either peeled or with the pith and peel on
1 cup water
1/2 tsp raw honey*
1 pinch cinnamon
Using a juicer, process all ingredients through the feed tube, starting with the beet and ginger. (I like to feed my hardest fruits and/or vegetables first and completely before adding the softer ingredients.
Stir and enjoy!
*A note about honey: If you suffer from any seasonal allergies, a little VERY LOCAL raw honey each day can dramatically help your allergy and reduce annoying systems. You’ll experience the greatest success if you’re able to get raw honey made from bees that live within a 20-mile radius from you. If you can’t find it in your natural foods store, ask around–bee keeping is all the rage these days and you’ll be surprised how local you can find honey!