Beet and Carrot Juice

Beet and Carrot Juice
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Juicing has gone a lot of traction in recent years and for good reason! Juicing gives a power-packed of nutrients and vitamins in one glass. I love this simple beet and carrot juice recipe that also includes an apple.

The vibrant hues of this fresh juice show that it is packed with phytonutrients and signify a powerhouse of essential vitamins and minerals. Harnessing the nutritional potency of these root vegetables through homemade juice concoctions can boost overall health. From enhancing blood flow to fortifying the immune system.

Ingredients for Beet and Carrot Juice

ingredients for beet and carrot juice: one large beet, three carrots, and two red apples.
  • Beets, organic fresh red beets 
  • Carrots, organic fresh
  • Apples, organic fresh

Equipment

Above shot of high powered juicer with sliced beets, carrots, and apple on white cutting board with kitchen knife to the side.

Juicer or high-powered blender are needed to extract the juice from the vegetables and fruit.

I personally use this blender – Omega Cold Press Juicer. It’s a bit more expensive than other machines but it’s a work horse! I’ve had this machine for over 10 years and it gets used at least 1-3 times per week.

How to Make Beet and Carrot Juice

The process is very simple.

Wash the beets, carrots and apple thoroughly to remove any dirt and debris. You can leave the peels on for added nutrients. I will often peel some of the beet in the sections where there might be stuck on debris.

Side view of juicer with sliced beets, carrots and apple that have been run through the machine. Juice in one container and pulpit the other.

Slice or chop the beets, carrots and apple to fit into the shoot of your juicer. Then run them through your juicer.

Beet and carrot juice that has been strained in a clear glass bowl.

Optional – run juice through a fine mesh strainer to remove any left over pulp.

You can make Beet and Carrot Juice in a blender

Yes, you will just need a high-powered blender and add about 1/2 cup of filtered water. Then, run the juice through a fine mesh strainer to remove the pulp. 

Storage

Bright red beet and carrot juice in a glass bottle with whole beets, apple and carrots on surface.

Store leftover juice in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Beet and Carrot Juice Benefits

Heart health

Beets are rich in nitrates, which are converted into nitric oxide. 

Nitric oxide plays a pivotal role in dilating blood vessels, thereby promoting improved blood flow. This effect can have significant implications for cardiovascular health, as enhanced blood circulation helps reduce the risk of heart disease and maintains optimal blood pressure levels.

Studies suggest that regular consumption of beetroot juice can lead to notable improvements in endothelial function, which is essential for the health of blood vessels.

High in antioxidants 

The abundance of antioxidants in beetroot juice helps combat free radicals, unstable molecules that can cause oxidative stress and damage to cells. By neutralizing these harmful compounds, beetroot juice helps bolster the body’s defense against oxidative damage, thereby reducing the risk of chronic diseases and supporting overall well-being.

Vision and immune function

The benefits of homemade beet and carrot juice are further amplified when combined with the nutritional powerhouse of carrot juice. Carrots are renowned for their high levels of beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, essential for maintaining healthy vision, promoting skin health, and supporting immune function.

Additionally, carrot juice and apple juice are rich in vitamins C and K and potassium, all of which play integral roles in supporting various bodily functions. Vitamin C, acts as a natural antioxidant, further enhancing the antioxidant capacity of the juice blend and bolstering the immune system.

Athletic performance

Homemade beet and carrot juice have been associated with potential health benefits that extend to athletic performance. The nitric oxide derived from beetroot juice has been shown to improve exercise performance by enhancing oxygen delivery to muscles. Thus delaying fatigue and improving endurance.

Athletes and health conscious individuals can leverage the natural performance-enhancing properties of beet and carrot juice to optimize their training regimen and achieve peak performance. Whether consumed as a pre-workout drink or as a post-exercise recovery beverage, homemade juice blends offer a convenient and effective way to fuel athletic endeavors. When training for many of my endurance races, beet juice was a non-negotiable in my training and recovery routine.

What is the best time to drink beetroot and carrot juice?

For starters, mornings are often the best time to consume fresh juice. Downing a glass of beetroot juice in the morning can kickstart your day with a surge of vitamins and minerals. The natural sugars in carrots provide a quick energy boost, while beetroot’s nitric oxide content enhances oxygen delivery to muscles. This helps to make it an ideal for pre-workout fuel.

Conversely, some argue that consuming this juice in the afternoon or evening can be beneficial for digestion and nutrient absorption. The fiber in carrots aids in digestion, while beetroot’s detoxifying properties can help cleanse the system after a day of meals.

Ultimately, the best time to enjoy beetroot and carrot juice depends on your lifestyle and health goals. Whether it’s a morning pick-me-up or a post-workout replenishment, incorporating this nutrient-packed elixir into your daily routine can supercharge your well-being regardless of the hour.

Despite it’s impressive array of health benefits, one cannot overlook the distinct earthy flavor of beets that adds depth and character to homemade juice blends. While some may find the flavor profile of beets to be an acquired taste, it is easily balanced with the sweetness of the carrots and apples. When I give someone who has never had beet juice a sip of this combination, they are pleasantly surprised by the sweet flavor.

Glass of beet and carrot juice which is surrounded by fresh beets, carrots and apple.

In conclusion, homemade beet and carrot juice offer a potent elixir for enhancing overall health and well-being. From promoting optimal blood flow and cardiovascular health to fortifying the immune system and supporting athletic performance, the nutritional synergy between these two root vegetables is undeniable.

Here are some Beet Juice Recipes you might enjoy

Beet Waffles

Roasted Beet Hummus

Bright red beet and carrot juice in a glass bottle with whole beets, apple and carrots on surface.

Beet and Carrot Juice

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Course: Drinks, Juice
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 24kcal
Author: hungrydanekitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 lrg beet, organic or 2-3 small
  • 2 md-lrg carrots, organic or 3 small
  • 1-2 apples, organic

Instructions

  • Began by thoroughly washing your beets, carrots and apple. You can leave skins on when using organic fruit and vegetables as the skins have added nutrients. **
  • Slice or chop the beets, carrots and apple to fit into the shoot of your juicer and run them through your juicer.
  • Optional – run juice through a fine mesh strainer to remove any left over pulp.
  • Pour in a glass and enjoy!

Notes

** I highly recommend using fresh organic fruit and vegetables. If this is difficult to achieve, then I would recommend peeling the beets, carrots and apple.
**This recipe makes about 4 one-cup servings. 
**The size and amount of the vegetables and fruit is a guide. Adjust to preferences as needed.

Nutrition

Serving: 4cups | Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 108IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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