In the world of Ayurveda it is a well known fact that once the Fall hits, the juicers should be put away, as juice and all raw, cold foods should be avoided for these colder months. I definitely agree with this theory, especially with my strong Vata constitution. However, the days although a bit crisp, are still sunny and warm here in Boulder, CO and every now and then I do like to indulge in a freshly made juice. Thankfully using the Ayurvedic principles, I have learned to modify such Ayurvedic oxymorons and allow myself to indulge in a thoughtful and healthy manner.
This fall juice recipe is filled with in-season fruits and vegetables, and also incorporates a large dose of fresh ginger to warm up the cold quality of the raw juice. The citrus and the carrots also warm up this recipe and provide a powerhouse of Vitamins A and C, preparing your body for the flu season to come. The beets are well known for their high iron content and also are a powerful detoxifier. Overall this is an amazingly tasty, healing juice recipe (one of my favorites!), but we also must remember to drink this in moderation due to the high sugar content that all of these deliciously sweet fruits and veggies provide…. yes, even these natural sugars can be of ill-benefit in excess.
- Doshic effect: Vata ↓*,Pitta ↑**, Kapha ↑
- Serving: 2-3 (makes about 4 cups of juice)
- Time: 10 minutes prep time, 5 minutes juicing, 15-20 minutes clean-up
- Vegan and Vegetarian
*If there is a strong Vata imbalance, all raw foods and drinks should be avoided
**Pitta types can enjoy in moderation if there is not excessive heat in the system
- Cutting board
- Large container to catch juice in
- 2 small beets or 1 medium beet
- 3 large carrots
- 4 large apples
- 3 medium oranges
- 3 inch rhizome of ginger root
1. Set up your juicer and place a bowl or container in front to catch the juice.
2. Wash the beets, carrots, apples and ginger and cut them into cubes that will fit into your juicer. There is no need to peel these ingredients when juicing.
3. Peel the oranges and section them off in quarters to fit through the juicer. Leaving the peels on will cause a strong bitterness in the juice and therefore increase Vata (and it’s not very tasty).
4. Once everything is ready to go, begin to send all of the ingredients through.
5. Once all of the ingredients have been extracted, take the remaining juice and give it a nice stir to make sure the ingredients are are evenly mixed and harmonious.
6. Compost the remaining pulp.
7. Pour the beautiful juice in a nice glass, share with a loved one and enjoy!!