One of the projects that I’m involved in is the opening of a super premium juice and smoothie bar.  Juice Nation will be opening the first week of December at the Beachwalk Mall in Solana Beach.  I got onto freshly squeezed vegetable-based juice about 2 years ago and am now in the habit of drinking one or two 16 ounce servings most days a week. I bought a great juicer (a Breville 900) about 6 months ago and I have had a ton of creative fun seeing what tastes good out of the juicer (it’s fun to “see” what tastes bad too).

16 ounces of pure Beet, Apple, Cucumber and Ginger Juice

Yesterday and today I played around with juicing beets. My friend Meredith and I were biking this morning.  She asked me what the heck beet juice tasted like and I told her “dirt” (this was is the middle of pushing some high wattage during some crazy interval set my coach prescribed).  And we’re not talking the “dirt” or earthy smell you get in nice glass of Pinot Noir.  That’s GOOD dirt.  We’re talking something akin to licking a flower pot.

There are benefits to drinking this “dirt”.  The rich nutritional makeup of beets include iron, potassium, betcarotene, vitamins A and C, folic acid and manganese. Consuming beet juice is a great way to cleanse and detoxify your liver.

I figured out a way to cut the dirt in my beet juice.  A little apple provides just enough sweetness to disguise most of that dirty taste.  I then added some cucumber for its great alkalizing effects and neutral taste,  and some fresh ginger to help fight inflammation.

The bike ride this morning was one my usual routes from Solana Beach north up the 101 to mid Carlsbad and back. 5 x 90 second pickups were today’s “work” set (they are usual worse but it’s taper time, baby!).  As usual, Mer put the hurt (and about 100 yards per interval) on me.  YIKES! It was a beautiful morning, we caught the daybreak, and the ride went into the books before 7:30 a.m.  Riding early, when I’d rather be in bed curled up next to Geoff or reflecting over a cup of tea while watching the dogs on Del Mar Dog Beach, makes me feel like a bad a$$ type “triple-A” triathlete. Yee-hah!

I enjoyed my beet juice and a baked potato about 45 minutes prior to riding this morning.  A weird but satisfying breakfast.

Beet Apple Cucumber Ginger Juice

  • 1 Red Beet, washed thoroughly and cut into chunks
  • 1 medium Apple, skin on but cored (I cut 4 sides off core as opposed to using an apple corer)
  • 1 medium Cucumber, cut into 4-6 pieces
  • 1 each 1 inch piece of Ginger Root

Run all through juicer.  Pour juice into tall glass and enjoy!

I'm hoping for a box of these when I cross the finish line on Sunday. Donuts equal naughty goodness!

The countdown for the World 70.3 Triathlon Championships has begun. 5 more days…..I can’t wait.  Sin City here I come.