Blood Cleansing Pitta Juice

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Beautiful in color, sweet and delicious, with blood cleansing beets….this felt like the perfect way to start 2019.

Balancing pitta (linked to the fire element in the body) is important for healthy complexion, metabolism, hormones, and emotions like patience and compassion.

I made this more Ayurvedic compared to popular smoothies by omitting ice, dairy, nut milk or nut butter, and complicated extras like protein powder. When it comes to digestion, more is not better. Keep it simple!

This contains 5 of the 6 tastes (besides salt, which I’ll get later in the form of miso soup!), helping to nourish the entire body. Bitter and astringent are often lacking this time of year as we are all maxed on sweet and salty.

Sweet: apple

Sour: lemon

Pungent: ginger

Bitter: beets, beet greens, celery

Astringent: pomegranate, beet greens, celery

Serves 2

Seeds from 1/2 pomegranate *

1 stalk celery, chopped

1 small red beet, rinsed well, peeled and chopped

1/2 apple, chopped

1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and sliced

juice of 1/4 lemon

2 beet leaves, rinsed well

room temp water (about 2 cups)

Place pom seeds, celery, beet, apple, ginger, and lemon in blender and blend on low to mix. Add water, increase speed, and add the beet leaves one at a time, making sure the color is still vibrant as hell.

*Tip for prepping pomegranate:

  1. slice in half

  2. fill a large bowl with cool water

  3. remove seeds from flesh under water, discard flesh