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March 3, 2010

Carrot Celery Tomato Beet Greens Juice

I know what you’re thinking. Juice?? This is juice?? It looks like cola! Well friends, it’s not! It’s the juice that I hold responsible for giving me back my life on Sunday.  I was CRAZY sick on Saturday with a 24 hour flu, followed by a wicked sore throat.  I drank some of this on Sunday morning and felt amazingly recharged.  It could have been the 18 hours of sleep, but I am somewhat convinced it was this drink that helped.  Quick! Someone get sick and make this so we can test it out. OK, please don’t. That would be sad.

Look what’s in it:

veggie medley

This is not the sugary sweet juice you might be used to.  It’s a savory juice along the lines of a V-8 without a huge dose of tomato.  The ginger gives it a spicy kick.  You can add less to your juice, but add a lot if you are sick!  It totally helps! With the addition of a few ice cubes, it’s refreshing. Like HEALTHY refreshing.  You will taste notes of carrots, beet greens and the celery comes through subtly in each sip. The tomatoes are somewhat lost, but it’s nice to know they are in there. It’s a good juice if you’re wanting to pack veggies into your day but you don’t have the time to do so.  Imagine how long it would take you to eat all of these veggies!  It’s making my jaw sore just thinking about it.

I juiced the carrots, tomatoes and ginger first.

the road to health

And here we are in progress…

juice in progress

I could stop here…but I wanted a GREENS in there.

before beet greens

See what happens when the beet greens enter the picture?  Layering is fun!

layerage

Have I showed you the pulp?  I like to make vegetable stock with it.

pulp!

I take the contents of each cup after juicing and mix them back and forth to evenly mix the juice.  It makes me feel like a chemist. Unfortunately there’s no lab coat involved. :(

cheers!

The after taste is nice.  It’s a total palette cleanser!  Do it.

Carrot Tomato Celery Beet Greens Juice

  • 6 medium carrots
  • 1 bunch celery
  • 1 gigantic handful grape tomatoes
  • 3 inch knob ginger (I needed it)
  • 2 bunches beet greens

Start juicing the carrots and tomatoes first.  Add the ginger. Then alternate the celery with beet greens.  The celery juice will help push the beet greens through the juicer because it’s packed with watery juice!  Enough for 2 people.

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  • Lee

    The palette cleanser part makes me think you should try making some into sorbet. Imagine a cucumber soup with a ball of this sosrbet floating in it on one of those 90 degree days.

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  • I'Ching

    Now you’ve gotten me all curious about your use of the pulp to make vegetable stock. I juice a lot, too, and have always thought that throwing away the pulp was a waste but somehow didn’t know what to do with them.

    Good to know you’re feeling better!

  • Gina

    Oh it’s me again, just saw this one, I’ll make it (except the tomato of course)!
    I bought last week a Braun juicer and I’m learning to make cool recipes. Today I made a funny one with so many things inside that I was bursting with energy the whole day. I added a few carrots, celery, parsnip, mixed lettuce leaves, parsley and beet. Was yummie!

  • shilpa

    what a great idea- use pulp for stock!! i make a ton of juice at work and the irony in it is i rarely treat myself to one. i love juice. i love the combination of savoury and sweet you use. what kind of juicer do you have?

  • Chris Ilias

    I’m curious about turning pulp into veggie stock. Do you use pulp exclusively, or do you add it to whole vegetables? I don’t have much experience with juicing. Does the pulp have a lot of flavor left? I would think it would be spent after juicing.

    • Tracy

      Chris- I usually put the veggie pulp in a pot with hot water, garlic, onions salt/pepper and bring to a boil. Then when it’s done simmering, I strain it. There is still a lot of flavor left in the pulp!

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  • Christine

    Hey everyone-

    Do you guys peel things before juicing? i.e. carrots, ginger, beets etc??? I somehow feel like the dirt and germs on the outside need to be removed before you put it in your body! What do you guys do?

    • Tracy

      I usually just wash things thoroughly. If i’m juicing beets, I take a scrub brush and scrub the heck out of them.
      With my juicer there’s a filter that filters out all the pulp, so any dirt that would get into my juice would be super microscopic.

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