Beetroot is an excellent source of fiber, vitamin B9 (folate), vitamin C, iron, manganese and potassium. Eating beetroot daily is therefore beneficial in helping reduce blood pressure, aids in tissue growth and cell function, and helps general skin health and immune function. Although beets are made up of fructose and glucose, they also provide about 3 grams of fiber per serving, and so will not spike blood sugar levels. They also contain an amino acid, called glutamine – which helps to heal the intestinal tract.Beetroot is one of the first foods I remember eating. Really! One of my mum’s best friends when we lived in Texas was a lovely lady, named Betty. We arrived at her house on a really, really hot day – I must have been about 4 years old. Betty always spoiled me, and when we got there I remember crying – I have no idea why – but I remember that she sat me down at the table and opened up a can of beets, of all things. She gave me a fork and said that beetroot always made her feel better when she was feeling sad. I have absolutely loved beetroot ever since!
I am also completely addicted to grapefruit – especially ruby grapefruit! Funnily enough, it also reminds me of my childhood. One of the first things my mum showed me how to make was to take a grapefruit, cut it in half and sprinkle it with sugar and cinnamon, then grill it until caramelized (see it here!)
Perhaps that’s why I think this combination of beetroot and grapefruit is so appealing. The addition of fresh ginger and turmeric, with their anti-inflammatory properties, rounds out the flavor and makes this a smooth, earthy drink – with just a small bite from the ginger as an aftertaste! The color is gorgeous, and it feels gentle and soothing on the stomach.
- 1 Medium Beet, peeled
- ½ Ruby Grapefruit, peeled
- ½" Piece Ginger
- ½" Piece Turmeric
- Pinch Black Pepper
- Prep the ingredients and run through a juicer.
- Add a pinch of pepper and stir.
- Serve over ice in a pretty glass, so you can enjoy its gorgeous red hue.