Berry-beat – berry juice recipe

By Lisa Brant | 23rd April 2018
Tasty berry juice made at La Crisalida health and wellbeing Retreats

Our bright red berry-beat berry juice recipe is a wonderful glowing red colour, which is great to enjoy any time of the day. Berries are a great source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to prevent cell damage (they combat free-radicals), so have anti-aging properties. Yes, eating berries can help to keep our skin looking and feeling good. (Note, we also need to eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep and look after our skin to prevent sun damage; berries are nutritional powerhouses but not magic!).

To make this recipe you will need a juicer and a blender (or hand blender) – berries don´t produce much juice so it´s better to blend them into your juice. That way you also get to benefit from their high fibre content!

You can get creative with the types of berries to use and make the best of the fresh seasonal options available. We often use a combination of berries: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and cranberries are lovely together. Frozen berries are convenient – I always have some at home in the freezer, which I can use any time of the year. Nutritionally, there is not too much difference between fresh and frozen berries – generally fresh berries would have slightly more vitamins and minerals (so long as they are local. If your fresh berries have to travel thousands of miles to reach you, frozen might work better).

Beetroot can taste quite earthy so if you´re not a fan of beetroot then make the piece of beetroot quite small.

Berry-beat – berry juice recipe

Serves: 1
Calories: 219

Ingredients

1 apple
1 pear
½ beetroot
½ courgette
Handful berries – frozen or fresh
2cm unwaxed lemon

Optional: avocado (add 276 calories for half an average size avocado)

Method

If you are using frozen berries, take them out of the freezer 10 minutes before you make this juice to give them chance to soften a little.

Give the apple, pear, beetroot and courgette a good wash beneath cold running water. Check the beetroot to ensure you clean off any dirt. If you are using fresh berries also give them a wash. If you have a waxed lemon, trim the other skin off (leave the white pith). Put the apple, pear, beetroot, courgette and lemon into your juicer. Pour the juice into your blender and add the berries. Blitz for a minute. Wash your juicer and blender. Serve and enjoy!

You can also add a piece of avocado into the blender for some added essential oils.

Low fruit berry juice option

Getting a true vegetable option is tricky if you still wish to use berries! However you can reduce the amount of fruit by swapping the apple and pears for carrots and a larger piece of courgette:

2 carrots
½ beetroot
1 courgette
1 medium beetroot
2cm unwaxed lemon
Handful berries – frozen or fresh

Follow the same directions as above to make your juice.

Enjoy a juice retreat

Here at La Crisalida Retreats you can try juicing as part of our detox and weightloss retreats. If you want to try a juice detox, we suggest drinking juices for three days. Our juices change each meal (we now have a four-week menu so there is lots of variety) and you get to choose your own juice every evening. You could also choose to juice just for breakfast – it´s your retreat, your choice.

Headshot of Lisa Brant - Founder of La Crisalida Retreats
Lisa Brant

Lisa has been working in the field of health for over twenty years, first as an epidemiologist and now following a more alternative route! She is a therapeutic hatha and yin yoga teacher and also teaches mindfulness meditation. Lisa is a nutritionist so designs all our menus, as well as running the retreats. She is also qualified in NLP and hypnosis. Over the years Lisa has overcome her own health challenges with severe endometriosis and is happy to share her story.

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