A beetroot shot is a great way to consume a lot of essential vitamins and nutrients in one go. Easy to incorporate into your everyday routine, a glass of beetroot, ginger and turmeric juice offers a wide range of health benefits.
This beetroot, turmeric and ginger juice incorporates all of the key nutrients found in three of the healthiest superfoods around. Whilst beetroot is super good for you, when eaten fresh and unpickled, it can taste quite bitter and unappealing. Combining beetroot with sweet fruits and warm spices makes this root vegetable much easier to consume, and actually very tasty. The purple colour also makes for a bright and vibrant drink, perfect for uploading to Instagram.
We like to share our knowledge with everyone, ensuring all have access to the health benefits of our superfood shots. Follow this simple beetroot and turmeric shot recipe for a juice packed full of vitamins, minerals and delicious flavour.
Ingredients & the benefits of beetroot shots
Beetroot is bursting with all kinds of nutrients and antioxidants. With plenty of fibre, Vitamin B9, manganese, potassium, iron and Vitamin C, beetroots and their juice are thought to provide a wide range of health benefits. With a list like that, it’s not hard to see why beetroot is considered a superfood. But how does beetroot actually impact our bodies? Turns out, your heart may thank you for incorporating more of this colourful and tasty vegetable into your diet. Improved blood flow and lower blood pressure have both been linked to beetroot consumption. Perhaps the most interesting effect of consuming beetroot however, is improved athletic performance. To read up on how a bit of beetroot can take your workout to the next level, check out A Pre-Game Boost: How Beetroot Can Give You an Edge on the Field.
Turmeric has been used for years as a medicinal herb. This is due to its curcumin content, which is the main active ingredient in turmeric. Curcumin is thought to have potent anti-inflammatory effects, whilst also being a powerful antioxidant. Turmeric is great for keeping your brain healthy and functioning as it should be, and is even thought to lower the risk of developing brain diseases like Alzheimers and even depression.
Ginger has become known for its ability to help various forms of nausea. It’s long been used in traditional and alternative medicine, particularly in the Far East. Ginger actually refers to the flowering plant originating from China - the root is where all of the goodness is found. Ginger is also linked to the relief of muscle pain and soreness, meaning you may want to add it to your post-work out snack or smoothie.
We love a beetroot shot with a watermelon base, not just for a refreshing taste but also for the health benefits watermelon provides. Watermelon helps to hydrate your body, and is packed with many of the vitamins, minerals and nutritious plant compounds we need to keep ourselves in tip top shape.
How to make beetroot shots
You will need:
- 4 cups of watermelon (de-seeded and cubed)
- 2 medium beets (scrubbed clean with tops trimmed)
- ¼ cup of grated ginger root
- ¼ cup of grated turmeric root
- 1 medium lemon
- 1 cup of ice cubes
- A juicer or blender
- Chop the beetroot into thin slices, small enough to go through the juicer/blender
- Remove the outer rind from the lemon, then chop the flesh into slices and remove any pips
- Put about half of the lemon to one side. Add the other half to the blender gradually, along with the watermelon and beetroot and blend until smooth
- Add the grated ginger and turmeric
- Add the ice cubes and blend until there are no lumps
- Taste the juice. If you feel it needs more lemon, add the other half that was put to one side earlier. If you don’t wish to add the remaining slices, they will stay fresh in the fridge for 3-4 days
Tip: if the taste is too tarte, you can try adding apple slices or a spoonful of honey.