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I am a really big fan of fresh juice. I don’t drink it every day or anything (nor do I engage in juice fasting), but I’m always happy when I do get the juicer out to make a nourishing drink. I enjoy all sorts of fruit and vegetable combinations (depending on what I happen to have in the refrigerator): I even included a chapter on fresh juice in my book.

Carrots and beets are both root vegetables and they are both quite sturdy (meaning: they keep extremely well). It is because of this sturdiness that I wanted to highlight them this month, since my #SAVEITSUNDAY posts are all about being mindful of “loving food more to waste it less”.

Carrots and beets can last for up to a month if you store them correctly: it’s best to keep them unpeeled (remove the tops if they are part of a bunch) in the refrigerator. The folks at Glad recommend placing the unpeeled carrots and/or beets in a large plastic bag (such as a zipper quart or gallon-size bag) and squeezing as much air as possible out of the bag when sealing. They’ll then do best in the crisper drawer. (To learn more about the best ways to prepare and store your produce, please visit Glad’s Food Storage Protection Pointers.)

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It’s Valentine’s Day…why not make fresh vegetable juice for yourself or someone you love? Not just today, but any day? It’s an excellent way to bump up the amount of raw foods in your diet and each glass is extremely nutrient dense. Plus, this juice has such a lovely hue thanks to the inclusion of beet.

What about all the pulp, though…the fibrous by-product of juicing? We don’t want to waste that, right? Well, The Kitchn’s got you covered with 7 ideas for its use, Vegetarian Times has 20 suggestions for using pulp, and here’s a whole Pinterest board dedicated to not wasting the pulp when you juice.

Recipe for Carrot, Beet, Apple, Lemon and Ginger Juice

Yield: 1 glass

Long ago, I read that it's best not to include more than one medium beet when you make a glass of juice. I believe this is because beets can be very cleansing, especially for the liver, and you don't want to go overboard with that.

Double this recipe to make juice for two people.

Ingredients:

*2 medium-large carrots, preferably organic, sliced to accommodate your juicer
*1 medium beet, preferably organic, sliced to accommodate your juicer
*1/2 medium green apple, peeled if not organic, sliced to accommodate your juicer
*1/2 lemon, preferably organic
*1 small chunk of fresh ginger (approximately the size of your thumb)

Directions:

Process ingredients through your juicer (I use this one.). Stir, then serve right away. Sip slowly, preferably a few minutes before a meal.

My previous #SAVEITSUNDAY posts:
Let’s Waste Less Food
Pomegranate, Olive, and Cilantro Relish and How to Keep Herbs Fresh
How to Make Vegetable Stock
Storing Potatoes and Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

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Related reading:
American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It)
Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal

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    Suzanne — February 15, 2014 @ 8:43 am

    I don’t have a juicer but this is the juice I have my local health food store make for me at least twice a week. I really should drink it more often, not only is it delicious but the health benefits are huge!

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    Joyti — February 16, 2014 @ 12:53 pm

    A long time ago, I’d read that for every 3 bags of groceries we buy, one is wasted. Long-about way of saying that I completely support the cause of creating less food waste.

    And the juice is gorgeous and looks delicious.

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    Kelly @ Kelly Bakes — February 19, 2014 @ 12:06 pm

    My juicing recipe is pretty similar except that I don’t add lemon and I usually add some sort of leafy green to clean out my machine (I have a slow masticating juicer). Thank you so much for the ‘what the heck to do with the pulp’ resources–the most creative thing I did was make veggie burgers once, but I mainly just use the pulp for compost!