In the world of Ayurveda it is well known that once the fall season hits, the juicers should be put away, as juice and all raw, cold foods should be avoided during the colder seasons. I definitely agree with this concept; however, it is still sunny and warm here in Boulder, CO, and every now and then I do like to indulge in freshly made juice. Thankfully using the Ayurvedic principles, I have learned to thoughtfully modify these food rules in order to indulge in a healthy manner when the occasion calls.
This fall juice recipe is filled with seasonal 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.
Fall Juice Recipe
- Doshic effect: Vata↑↓*,Pitta ↑↓**, Kapha ↑
- Serves: 4 cups
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Clean-Up Time: 15 minutes
- Gluten-free, Grain-free
- Vegan, 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 no 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 evenly mixed and harmonious.
6. Compost the remaining pulp.
7. Pour this beautiful juice in a nice glass, share with a loved one, and enjoy!!