Beet juice recipe using my new Matstone Juicer
My husband bought me a juicer for Christmas, but I’m beginning to wonder whether he really bought it for me, or for himself.
The juicer arrived in a large, heavy box before the big day; it was whisked quickly away from prying eyes and hidden in the sanctity of my husband’s underwear drawer- this is not a place I visit often, so his covert operation was a success.
Christmas Day arrives and I’m handed the heavy, wrapped gift by my beaming husband. I carefully take apart the pretty handmade wrapping paper and am thrilled when I catch a glimpse of my gift: A Matstone 6 in one Juicer
However, I’ve barely got the juicer out of its box before it ‘s gently wrenched from my arms by my husband and placed proudly on the kitchen worktop. Barely able to contain his excitement and amid a flurry of juicing tools, brushes and components, John proceeds to assemble it ready for juicing.
John is not one to follow recipes, he has an aversion to instructions and prefers to exercise his creativity, free of the constraints of the written word. Consequently, the resulting ‘Christmas Cocktail’ was, to put it kindly: ‘interesting’. It wasn’t totally unpleasant, but it did taste very, very strange indeed.
Not wishing to offend my husband so soon after his generous offering, I start to glug the concoction down, though not in enjoyment, but in a medicinal, ‘hold your nose’ kind of way. I’m in mid-gulp, when he announces the ingredient list: Egg-plant, onion, orange, carrot, ginger and kale. I stoically resist the urge to retch.
Happily, despite a stubborn refusal to use the recipe book, John’s juicing combos are improving, and some actually taste very good.
So I’d like to introduce John’s best juice thus far: this concoction is really delicious, I promise! It comes with a spicy warning though..
Baby Beet and Chilli Super Juice
This juice is outrageously good for you, but X rated as the kids will hate it!
Beet and chilli is a super-juice. Deep red and super sweet, beets are rich in iron and are believed to detox the liver and guts, making this juice combo the perfect antidote to the excesses of the holiday period. It makes your wee turn pink, so it’s fun too!
Chilli has some pretty impressive credentials! It’s high in iron and vitamins-A and-C. But this is the best part: chilli is a happy spice, it boosts the release of endorphins and serotonin making you feel really good. If that wasn’t enough, chilli speeds up your metabolism too ☺
The kick from this combo will have your eyes watering- but just think of those health benefits!
What you need
4 raw baby beets
4 sweet apples
Juice of 1 lemon
1 large red chilli (milder than the little ones)
What to do
Wash the beets and apples and then chop both into wedges before putting them through the juicer. Peel the lemon and drop that in. De-seed the chilli before putting it through the juicer unless you want a real spicy kick, then add those too!
Put a lemon through your juicer with a tsp of bicarbonate of soda to clean the components before washing them in soapy water.
Enjoy! John x
About the Author (Author Profile)
Rebecca Watkins worked as a professional photo journalist and travelled the world with her husband John, before settling down as a stay at home mother to their three daughters. They have recently moved back from the French Alps to an old cottage in Devon, England. Rebecca’s days are filled with visits to the beach, animated discussions and in the best moments, happiness and creativity in her family home of five. The other moments are filled with craziness and chaos and she loves those too.