The short days of January are filled with new beginnings. I love the excuse to re-boot and detox my old body from the rich foods of passed holidays. I have a great love for fresh pressed beet juice with the addition of the fresh winter citrus. I have added chia beet grapefruit juice to my daily detox routine. Let me clarify “detox routine”. This simply means I now drink a 6 oz glass of chia beet grapefruit juice along side my 2+ ounces of dark chocolate.
I can’t think of a better vegetable to use for a detox drink than earthy beets. Beets are loaded with vitamins and minerals and give our bodies antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection. Grapefruit juice has a high concentration of antioxidant vitamin C, polyphenols and lycopene. I added chia seeds for extra protein and fiber.
Juice 3 large beets, 1 ruby red grapefruit, 1 blood orange, and 1 navel or cara cara orange.
I like to keep a jar of jelled (that’s what I call them) chia seeds in my refrigerator. They can be mixed with pretty much anything. I add a spoonful to smoothies, juices, yogurt, and water.
Mix 1 cup fresh orange juice with 1/4 cup chia seeds.
Let the orange juice and chia mixture stand for at least 15 minutes or until thickened or jelled.
Add a heaping tablespoon or two to the fresh beet and grapefruit citrus blend. Boom! Instant protein and fiber.
Refreshing, cleansing, and changes your urine a lovely shade of pink. (I think this is useful information)
Chia Beet Grapefruit Juice
Lovely red beet juice combined with fresh grapefruit juice and chia seeds. Perfect detox juice.
Soaked chia seeds:
- 1 cup fresh pressed or squeeze orange juice
- 3 medium beets
- 1 large pink grapefruit
- 1 blood orange
- 1 navel orange
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
Stir chia seeds into 1 cup fresh orange juice. Cover. Let stand for at least 15 minutes or until the juice has thickened and the chia seeds are soft. Store in refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Juice the beets, grapefruit, and oranges. Add 1-2 tablespoons of the soaked and thickened chia seeds. Stir. Serve.
Feel free to add juiced ginger or turmeric...or both! For added the anti-inflammatory and cancer-inhibiting properties.