I have found that it can be really challenging to make juices that look pretty and appetizing. I made a similar version of this juice and found that it was a gnarly orange-brown color… it was really good but not appetizing in the least! So how can I make a juice that has all these things that are good for you AND make it look pretty. Beets. Beets are a life saver when it comes to coloring! They are fresh and a beautiful deep purply-red color. I also really love putting raw beets in my juices!
I originally made this beet juice recipe a few weeks ago but since then I have been trying to find ways to expand on it. I try to make a lot of juices because I KNOW that I am not getting my daily intake of fruits and veggies – making juice is a way for me to get those servings in my body. Now I should note that I don’t have a juicer – instead, I use my blender. I’ve found that blending everything together retains the pulp, giving the juices more texture and a more filling effect (that’s what I have noticed from drinking them). One of the things that I love about today’s recipe is the “zingy” flavor the radish and watercress give the juice. Its not really spicy but it has a zing to it, hence why I call it “zingy” 🙂 Also – don’t tell the kids but this recipe has some baby spinach in it too! You’d never know 😉
- 1 Radish
- 2 Handfuls watercress
- 18 Baby carrots
- 1 Gala apple
- 2 cups Orange juice
- 1-2 tbsp Honey (to taste)
- ½ Medium red beet
- 1 Handful of baby spinach
- Wash the watercress and baby spinach in a salad spinner and spin dry. Rinse the baby carrots and set aside. Peel the apple and beet and set aside (if the beets came with the leaves, cut them off). Cut the leaves off the radish and trim off the root at the end then wash the radish.
- Remove the core from the apple, trim the baby carrots, beet and radish into smaller pieces (I cut mine about 1-2 inches in size because I have a regular blender and it handles better when I cut things down).
- Add all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 1 minute then blend on a lower speed for about 40 seconds. Serve in your favorite glass 🙂
I also thought that it would be fun to make an animation of how an image is made. It takes a lot of thought to come up with the final image… from placing the props down, testing my camera settings, to adding the food and garnishes to the final edited image.