Red Hot Juicing for Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air!  So let’s make some juices with love that are good for our hearts too. <3

Beets may not be the first thing that pops to mind when you think of love potions (my husband is probably cringing right now), but they are so good for your heart and circulatory system.  Beets have shown some encouraging preliminary results for treating inflammation associated with heart disease and even type 2 diabetes.  These dark red root vegetables pack a powerful punch of nutrients and antioxidants if you can just get over the “earthy” taste (or “dirt” taste as my husband would say).  To help get this dose of good stuff down, try this delicious Hot Pink drink from Raw Food, Real World

Hot Pink
1 medium beet, peeled
1/2 medium pineapple
1/2 pint strawberries, stemmed
1 thumb-size knob fresh ginger

This wonderful book of raw recipes has another great juice called a Honeymoon Healer with heart-healthy cranberries.  This drink may have gotten its name from cranberries prevention of urinary tract infections, but these little red gems are also rich in poyphenols which may help alleviate arterial stiffness.  Not only is this tart concoction good for you, it taste great and refreshing 🙂

Honeymoon Healer
1 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 lime, peeled
1 cups fresh orange juice
1 tbsp raw honey
thin lime slice for garnish

If you’re looking for a more luxurious adult beverage to celebrate your day of love, try this Ruby Yacht cocktail.  According to WebMD, “pomegranate juice not only appears to prevent hardening of the arteries by reducing blood vessel damage, but the antioxidant-rich juice may also reverse the progression of this disease.”   Perhaps the most daunting part of juicing a pomegranate is getting the seeds out.  The Shiksa in the Kitchen is a wonderful site that shows a few methods and includes a video tutorial on getting out all the juicy goodness.

Ruby Yacht
1/2 oz (1 tb) fresh pomegranate juice
1/2 oz (1 tb) simple syrup
4 oz (1/2 cup) chilled Champagne
1 orange twist

Put the pomegranate juice and the syrup in the flute, then top with Champagne. Add orange twist and serve at once. (Serves 1.)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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