Purple juice! I can already hear the yucks and see the face grimaces. I have to admit, purple food can be weird. But the more weird the healthier it is, or so it seems. Today I put together the Grand Daddy of all Purple Juices. I love the color of this juice. I am not always this lucky though. There are times when I combine ingredients in the juicer and find the final product absolutely repulsive looking. A great example was during my Spicy Vegan V*8 juice testing. In one version I added way too much cilantro and not enough tomatoes. The end result was not the red I expected to see, but instead a strange baby-poo yellowish green. Flavor wise, it ended up being delicious, but I just could not get past that color to replicate it ever again. I find it funny how that works. The eyes are said to be the window to the soul, but for me it is also the door to my belly. I have a difficult time eating something that does not look visually appetizing.
Anyhow enough of that rant, back to discussing this juice. This juice is a knockout both in appearance and with its impressive nutrient credentials. This beauty may appear innocent, but she is armed and dangerous. Fully loaded with beets, carrots, kale, cabbage, ginger, and lemon. This combination packs a lot of wellness into one glass of glorious purple juice.
I am not going to claim that this juice will taste like grape Kool-Aid or a 97 Napa Valley, but it did remind me of something. My close relationship to Russian culture has introduced me to traditional Borscht, a beet soup. If you have ever had this soup, think Borscht on crack. The beet flavors are well pronounced but somehow it just all works together. You can just taste the earth’s goodness nurturing every cell in the body on its way down.
Each ingredient plays a very important role in strengthening the body’s immune system and has a plethora of other benefits. Here are a few highlights:
Red cabbage is loaded with Vitamin K and has numerous anti-cancer compounds. Its natural red coloring has been linked to lowering blood sugar levels.
Beets are cell detoxifying and full of melatonin, a chemical used to control our sleep cycles. The body naturally produces this as well, but production decreases with age, so consuming foods that contain it is important. Melatonin has been associated with lowering the risk of breast cancer.
Kale contains the most vitamins of all the cruciferous veggie family. It is great for brain development and is a source of Omega 3s. Studies have shown that kale can slow the growth of human cancer cells.
Ginger is one of my favorite juice ingredients and I rarely make juice without it. It is anti-viral and I love its spicy strong flavor finish and how a little goes a long way.
Carrots and lemons are two other juice staples that I use in nearly every juice. They both have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Now that you know all of the benefits of this juice, why not throw your inhibitions to the wind and tip back this Grand Daddy Purple Juice?
- 1 bunch purple kale
- ¼ head red cabbage
- 1 red beet
- 1-2 carrots
- ginger, 1 inch piece
- 1 lemon
- Chop all ingredients and process through juicer.