CAN'T BEET THE SWEET JUICE

For some reason I was never really drawn to the idea of juicing watermelon. I either eat it cut in half with a spoon, or I sort of forget to buy it in the first place. It's not often that I can get my hands on an organic watermelon here in Hawai'i that doesn't cost $30 but when Whole Foods Market has Organic Melons on sale for 69 cents a pound I usually splurge on one (or three) to have at home.

This juice was totally inspired by one of my favorite bloggers Loni Jane who I had the privilege of hanging with on Maui for my birthday last year. I've added a special twist to this juice using aloe vera, which grows fresh in my backyard. (You can find it fresh at many health food/grocery stores too!) You can make this juice with a fresh pressed juicer or a blender! I'll explain more below.

Hope you enjoy this gorgeous, florescent pink and detoxing beverage as much as I do!

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Many people don't normally think of aloe vera for means of ingesting, but rather for topical uses. Aloe vera has been used for all types of medicinal properties throughout the course of the years. The gel within an aloe vera leaf contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that have been shown to aid the immune system to cleanse the body of toxins and many others invading pathogens. Additionally, aloe vera helps balance the immune system and reduce the effects of seasonal allergies, rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory immune disorders. Aloe vera has a strong, pungent taste and can smell quite horrible, so make sure to avoid using too much or allowing it to "leak" out on your kitchen counters and clothes. Seriously. That sh*t smells! 

 

RECIPE

(SERVES TWO)

1/2 LARGE SEEDLESS WATERMELON (OR 1 PERSONAL MELON)

2 LIMES (ORGANIC PREFERRABLY) 

2 LARGE BEETS 

1/4 CUP ALOE VERA FLESH

 

PREPERATION

FIRST THINGS FIRST, PEEL AND RINSE BEETS WELL. BEETS TEND TO HAVE AN "EARTHY" FLAVOR SO MAKE SURE THEY'RE CLEAN AND FRESH. DICE UP WATERMELON AND REMOVE ANY RIND OR SEEDS IF NECESSARY. NEXT, YOU'LL WANT TO PEEL THE LIMES WHOLE IF YOU'RE NOT USING ORGANIC ONES. IF THEY ARE ORGANIC OR LOCALLY GROWN, FEEL FREE TO WASH WELL AND LEAVE OUTER SKIN ON. PEEL OFF FLAT SIDE OF ALOE VERA SKIN AND USE A SPOON TO SCOOP "FLESH" FROM WITHIN. YOU WON'T WANT TO USE THE PRICKLY OUTSIDE OF THE ALOE VERA LEAF FOR THIS RECIPE.

 

IN A HIGH SPEED JUICER JUICE ALL INGRENDIENTS AND SERVE COLD ON THE ROCKS.

 

*IN A HIGH SPEED BLENDER, BLEND ALL INGREDIENTS UNTIL SMOOTH AND STRAIN THROUGH A NUT MYLK BAG OR CLOTHE. SERVE COLD ON THE ROCKS.

 

ENJOY 

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