Possibly the most distinctive color you’ll ever see in a glass of juice, beet juice is easily recognised but it’s also easy to make at home.
So if you’re looking to learn how to make beet juice you’ve come to the right place.
I’ve covered everything you need to know, looking at how to make it with or without a juicer, some of the health benefits and of course sharing my favourite recipes.
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Juicer vs Blender for Beet Juice
The age old question…
OK maybe not age-old but it’s still a good question, can you make beet juice in a blender or do you need a juicer?
While you can make it in a blender I personally think it’s better to make it in a juicer (which I would of course given this is Juice Buff…) because a juicer unlocks all the micronutrients within it and allow you to better digest them so they get in to your system faster.
But I’ll give blenders their due that if you already have a powerful one they can still make a healthy beet juice it just won’t be quite as healthy as one made in a juicer.
And I’ve got a method for making beets in each so don’t worry, besides they both start the same way anyway which is:
How To Prepare Beets For Juicing
Beetroot is pretty straight forward when it comes to making juice, the only problem is whether or not you peel them.
The peel is fine to go into the juice as long as it’s been scrubbed clean and scrubbed with a brush to get right into it removing all possible dirt or anything else that was on it when it was in the ground.
The alternative if you lightly peel it, making sure you don’t take off too much of the skin but enough to get rid of the outer layer.
Then you chop the top off it and chop it up ready to be turned into juice, small chunks for a blender and bigger chunks for a juicer.
How To Make Beet Juice In a Juicer
In a juicer it’s really easy to make beet juice, now that you’ve got your beets washed, chopped and prepared you just have to put them in the top of the juicer and beet juice will come out the bottom!
You can’t argue with the practicality and once it’s come out the bottom it is ready to drink.
I’d recommend a masticating juicer if you don’t already have one, they produce more juice from the same amount of beets compared to a centrifugal juicer or a blender for that matter.
And they keep it cool while it’s being made so your juice doesn’t lose any nutrition of the enzymes that can be present in it making it so healthy.
How To Make Beet Juice In A Blender
In a blender things are a little more tricky, if you’re making a beet smoothie it’s as simple as putting all the chunks into the blender but if you want to make juice then you first have to blend all the beets and then strain them to separate the juice.
You’d do this with a muslin cloth or a nut butter bag, our in the blended beets over a bowl and squeeze out the juice through the bag leaving you with a rich purple glass of beet juice.
Just be sure that when you squeeze the bag you’re wearing a pair of rubber gloves otherwise your hands will be stained completely red.
It also doesn’t matter whether you have a Vitamix, a Nutribullet or anything in between this is the same process you’ll use.
Health Benefits of Beet Juice
I’ve got a more in-depth look at the health benefits of beet juice in a different article but I wanted to share some of the top ones here so you can know what to look forward to when you start making beet juice yourself.
Lowers Blood Pressure – This is the main one, studies have shown that beetroot juice can lower blood pressure in as little as 24 hours. This helps prevent strokes, heart attacks and other potential cardiovascular diseases which are one of the main causes of death in the United States.
Improve Athletic Endurance – Beet juice helps open up blood vessels and improve blood flow which improves the stamina of athletes. This improved blood flow also helps you feel more awake and gives you more energy as you go about your day.
Potential Side Effects of Beet Juice
I again talk about this more in the article I mentioned in the above section but the main side effect you’re going to want to look out for is redness in your stools and urine. Yup, you might start peeing red, it affects 10-14% of the population so it’s not a guarantee but it could happen to you.
And if it does don’t worry it’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just the red pigment in the beetroot doesn’t get digested properly. Although, it can actually be a sign of an iron deficiency, so if it does happen it might be worth talking to your doctor.
The other possible side effect is that everything in your kitchen might get stained red, your chopping board, your hands, your blender, it’s just something that you’re going to have to accept! Or of course be extra careful to avoid, no one wants a beetroot stain on their fresh clothes.
My Favorite Beet Juice Recipes
Now you can, of course, have beet juice as is, just juiced beets, but it’s sometimes nice to mix it up and have it as part of a juice with more ingredients.
These recipes are all going to be based on having a juicer though there’s no reason you couldn’t make them in a blender using the above method.
Spicy Beet Juice Recipe
- 3 Celery Stalks
- 2 Beets
- 1 inch of ginger
- Peel the ginger and beets
- Wash the celery
- Juice all ingredients
The ginger adds some really nice spice to this juice while the celery helps loosen it all up with its high water content. You could substitute the celery for cucumber and even add in some lemon juice if you wanted it a little more sour.
Sweet Beet Juice Recipe
- 2 Beets
- 1 Carrot
- 1 Apple
- 1 Lemon
- Peel all ingredients
- Chop into small chunks
- Run through the juicer
The apple and the carrot in this juice help sweeten it up nicely giving you a really crisp and refreshing juice, the amount of lemon is up to your own flavour choices, half a lemon would work just as well.
Rich Beet Juice
- 2 carrots
- 2-3 beets
- 1 sweet potato
- 4 oz fennel
- Peel all ingredients
- Juice and enjoy!
No matter what ingredients you use if there are beets in it, it’s turning out red, this juice is great for hormone regulation ensuring you stay balanced.
- 3 Beets
- 4 Carrots
- 1 red Onion
- 1 Garlic Clove
- Peel all ingredients
- Juice garlic and onion first
- Juice carrots and beets
- Brace yourself and drink
A very strong taste but everything you need to keep your heart strong. Beets help lower your blood pressure, while garlic and onion keep it strong and the carrots add some much-needed sweetness to make this juice more palatable.
Beet The Heat
- 2 lbs Watermelon
- 2 Beets
- Peel the beets and the outer green skin of the watermelon
- Juice and enjoy the freshness
You could also add in some cucumber or some lemon to give it a little sparkle but this is a really nice juice for a hot summer’s day.
There you have it, you know have all the information you could need to start making beet juice. I hope you get to try some of the recipes, have fun making it and then feel incredible after you’ve started regularly drinking fresh juice!