Leeky Beet Juice

leeky-beet-juiceWhile leeks are a well-known and well-loved veggie when it comes to soups and dishes, leeks are usually avoided when juicing because of their strong flavor. However, leeks are very high in nutrition and can be a powerful addition to a juice if done properly. The trick is to use strong complimentary flavors that will help to mask and enhance the taste of the leek, and to only use a small amount of leek in juices. Beets along with their greens are great for this because they have a strong, earthy flavor that is subtly sweet. Carrots also have a sweet flavor that will mesh well with the flavor of the leeks. When juicing leeks, start with just a leaf, taste, add another leaf, and on. Juicing an entire leek will not only destroy the flavor of the juice, the smell will be overpowering. Leeks also differ in potency from one to the next, so it is wise to use sparingly.

Leeks were previously used as medicine because of the concentration of antioxidants and the ability to boost immunity. Leeks have copious amounts of vitamin C, A, and K, magnesium, manganese, iron and vitamin B6. Leeks have shown to lower cholesterol levels and both prevent and fight certain cancers, including ovarian, prostate, and colon cancer. Leeks have strong detoxification properties and are great for purging toxins from the system in order to improve digestive and cardiovascular health. Just a small amount of leek in your juice can pack a huge punch.

Ingredients

  • 1 large beet with greens
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 sticks celery
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 leek

Directions

  • Wash all produce thoroughly
  • Peel lemon and remove seeds
  • Juice beets, celery, carrots, and lemon
  • Juice leek one leaf at a time and taste
  • Serve when desired flavor is reached
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