Beets. They’re kind of intense, right? Delicious, if you cook them right, but intense. The dark red color, the powerful liver detoxification benefits, the infamous “beeturia” effect (reddening of the urine), and so on.
If you’re scared away by regular beets, allow us to introduce you to their softer, gentler cousin:
the golden beet.
Golden beets are full of amazing health benefits–they’ve got a spectrum of antioxidants and are powerful sources of folate, manganese, potassium, vitamin C, and other minerals–but they’re sweeter and less intense, flavor-wise, than their ruddy cousins. They won’t stain your hands/knives/kitchen counter/dish towels, and they won’t overpower your green juice with their beet-ness. In fact, golden beets add an amazing candy-like flavor to juices that you won’t want to miss. Plus, they’re bright yellow! Too cute.
Golden beets have almost all the health benefits of regular red beets, the only difference being that golden beets contain a different type of betalain (that’s the pigment that gives beets their saturated colors–they’re also antioxidant and anti-inflammatory). Red beets have mostly betacyanins; yellow beets have betaxanthins. It’s important to keep in mind that betalains are fragile little things and easily damaged by overcooking. The longer you cook, the fewer betalains you’ll get to consume. Before you juice golden beets, you’ll want to steam them, but keep your steaming time to under 15 minutes.
Spicy-Sweet Golden Beet Juice
(recipe adapted from LunchBoxBunch)
1 large golden beet OR 2 small golden beets, peeled and lightly steamed
1 cup fresh pineapple (or other citrus)
1-2 cups spinach
1 inch raw ginger, peeled
3 dashes cayenne pepper
Push the beets, pineapple, spinach, and ginger through the juicer using the carrots. Garnish with a few shakes of cayenne pepper. Enjoy!