In lieu of this being the month of February, I decided to prepare a juice that is known for its deep-red, rich and romantic color. This “Vampiro” juice, which is Spanish for “Vampire,” immediately came to mind as I remembered its primary ingredient—Beets! What I love about this bold blend is its sweet and earthy balance of flavors.
I wondered why this juice was given its bloodsucker name (aside from its dark red color). And thought, perhaps it’s because this blend has managed to transcend the test of time, building its reputation as a popularly ordered staple juice— found at nearly any Mexican juice bar.
But I think, more accurately, it might have to do with its link to lowering blood pressure. According to a published study, a single dose of 500 g of beetroot seemed to lower blood pressure by 4–5 mmHg at 6-h. Pretty Interesting, right? Especially if you want to take good care of that heart of yours. The correlation between beets and cardiovascular wellness probably has a lot to do with the folate and vitamin B content found in beets. Another study found that the consumption of nitrate-rich, whole beetroot actually improved running performance in healthy adults, meaning that beets can provide a lifting, energetic boost, as well as activate healthy cellular metabolism. Right on. Bring on the boost.
As it turns out, this “Vampiro” beet juice is not only known for its blood-red pigment, but also for its ability to assist your healthy, beeeeeting heart (said in a Romanian, Vlad Dracula accent). However, do keep in mind, there are a few possible concerns about beets…..
Just a little TMI.
- You might pee red (this is known as Beeturia). This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though, BUT it might indicate iron-related problems. Oh, and you might also poo red (we’re all adults here), but know that this is caused by the beet’s rich color and not due to a medical problem.
- Beets are also known for their concentrated source of oxalates, which might be problematic for people diagnosed with health problems that require the lessening or removal of oxalates. If unsure, check with your physician right away!
Ingredients: (4-5 glass servings)
Preferably from Farmer’s market, or selected “organic.”
5-7 Organic table Beets (save the leafy ends)
10-12 celery sticks
10-12 carrot sticks
Fresh Parsley (a small bunch)
1 large orange or 2 small oranges
- Wash all produce with cool water (optional: use a veggie spray).
- Peel off some of the brownish layer of skin found on the beets (this removes the earthy, dirt-like taste). Btw, you might want to use kitchen gloves because beets can be extremely messy in the kitchen!
- Chop off both ends of the beet, saving the leafy ends for later on. Then, slice off the brownish ends of the celery and carrots. (as seen on picture)
- Start juicing the beets, carrots, celery and parsley. Towards the end, juice the oranges and add it in as a splash onto your finished blend.
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Coles, L.T. and Clifton, P.M. (2012) ‘Effect of beetroot juice on lowering blood pressure in free-living, disease-free adults: A randomized, placebo-controlled trial’, Nutrition Journal
Murphy, M., Eliot, K., Heuertz, R.M. and Weiss, E. (2012) ‘Whole Beetroot consumption acutely improves running performance’, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics