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Beetroot and Apple Juice

Okay, I am really aware that is a seriously lame attempt at a post.

Recipes for juices and smoothies don’t even count as “recipes” in my book, you just grab your blender or juicer and add fruits, veggies and/or leaves.

But….my head is elsewhere and I have 4 large beets sitting here, and more apples than we can possibly eat, even if you count a daily Apple and Cinnamon Breakfast Bowl nowadays.

I really love cooked beetroot as do 3 of the other 4 family members (not a bad ratio), but it was only in the last year I discovered I like it raw too. Grated beetroot and carrot salad with a slightly sweet orange vinaigrette, yum! But these are BIG beets, and just thinking about grating them is putting me off, and you know what? I’m not even going to cook them because they take a month of Sundays to cook and we buy them ready cooked normally (non-pickled kind. Lazy, I know.)

So I’m going to juice them, and see how many people want to share it with me. I am dubious….. Luckily, I really like it.

When juicing vegetables, I think it’s nice to add a little fruit such as apples.  While juicing large amounts of fruit and vegetables regularly might be a habit you don’t feel ready to embrace, don’t let it put you off doing it from time to time. It will always literally flush your system with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and anti oxidants to bless your immune system. Any freshly squeezed juice is better than no juice I say.

“RECIPE” that isn’t really a recipe.

  • 4 large beetroots, uncooked
  • 4 small to medium apples

Add to juicer. Wash your juicer BEFORE you drink your delicious juice, it tastes much better that way. Seriously.

Oh look. My juice has a head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. I don’t have a fancy pants juicer, it cost under £30 from Argos and it does the job just dandy.

P.P.S  One thing that clicked me onto raw food was reading a book one day called “The Good Health Garden”. It’s about how to grow about 50 different plants and the different health benefits of each, including natural remedies. On almost each and every page, the same five words kept jumping out at me: “For maximum benefits, eat raw”.

Raw Apple Compote

Cool trick.

  • Chop some flavoursome apples into chunks.
  • Throw into ziploc bag with some lemon juice, and cinnamon/nutmeg if you wish,.
  • Freeze.
  • Thaw.
  • Remove skin if you wish; it will peel right off.*
  • Drain off the juice (drink it, it’s delicious!)
  • Food process.
  • Voila! Apple compote! In all it’s uncooked glory!

As you know, freezing and thawing changes the texture of fruit, while conserving almost all of the goodness. Hip hip!

*If you wanted to keep the skin, (most of the phytonutrients are concentrated in and just under the skin) then just go ahead and blitz; I did, and it worked fine.

**If you want to warm up a raw compote, warm gently through, (NOT in a microwave) Make sure it doesn’t get too hot to touch with your finger, to preserve maximum amount of help for your body.

***If you use cooking apples, of course, you will probably want to sweeten, though cinnamon also adds a natural sweetness. I used some really sweet Braeburns, that I froze when I had about 60 apples on the side.

Uses for your apple sauce: 

  • Warm gently through (as above) and sprinkle generously with a healthsome topping of organic oats, walnuts, cinnamon, and one date.
  • Baby food! No cooking, and your little one gets more of the goodness.
  • Topping for  wholewheat pancakes

Similar-but-different: Thaw a bag of frozen berries, sweeten a little, and warm gently through, without it getting too uncomfortable to touch with your finger. Raw berry compote! Once my daughter Amelia was poorly and she asked for berry soup (her invention) which is thawed berries, liquidised, and gently warmed.

 Raw berry soup, for the soul  🙂

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”

And when your local supermarket is selling bags of Braeburn apples for 20p, buy them all, and work out what to do with them afterwards.

Of course, I felt duty bound to buy every bag, because those apples had reached their Sell By date, and I knew, as I looked around the empty shop at almost 9pm, that if I didnt buy them, they were almost certainly headed for the bin. The bin! It makes me annoyed just thinking about it. All those hours of solar energy, and weeks and months of miraculous growing, for nothing. Once I tried to buy a perfectly good mango. It had escaped the all-seeing Sell-By-Eye, and it was one day past it’s sell by date. They refused to sell it to me, and insisted it had to be thrown away. Grrrrrr!! It’s wrong, I tell you!

Anyway….thanks to  this horrific wasteful culture we live in, we had about 10 bags of really delicious ripe apples, and we had some family fun with our juicer this morning.  I don’t normally juice; it seems so expensive, and kind of wasteful, to throw all that fibre away. Still, my juicer is so pathetic that the pulp is still quite juicy, and we ate it; it was kind of like an apple compote; and so sweet, because the apples were so tasty. (Thank you South Africa! Sorry, carbon footprint!)

These are neither juices, or smoothies., some components are juiced, and some, liquidised. So what does that make them? Smuices? Joothies? Maybe we’ll stick with… drink.

Apple and raspberry BLISS. (We loved this one!)

  • Juice as many apples as you wish.
  • Take the juice and blend with 2 large handfuls of frozen raspberries, until smooth. Oh, my heaven!!

Green Juice 

  • Juice as many apples as you wish
  • Then, juice vegetables and leafy greens to taste:  We did 4 apples, 2 carrots, and 2 handfuls of leafy greens (spinach and kale) We juiced the first two, and blended in the rest, as I doubted my juicer could get anything out of leaves. This was sweet, fresh and palatable- which was the idea. Still, it was not as sweet as the first because of the greens; I loved it, Isaac loved it, Amelia said “not bad” and Ellie wouldn’t go near it!

We also have some apples frozen, and quite a few more for eating, juicing, blending, stewing, and so on and so forth. Apples have a high concentration of anti-oxidants , especially in the skin. They are really high up the pesticide residue lists, so of course organically grown is best, if you can afford it. I tell you what though, these were the tastiest apples I have had in ages, and for 3pence each. Sometimes that pesky Sell By date is a wonderful blessing.

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