This Cranberry Beet Orange Juice is a great way to enjoy the many health benefits of raw, fresh cranberries. Fresh cranberries are real antioxidant powerhouses. They are also in the peak of their season at this moment. This week I bought a big bag of fresh Dutch cranberries. Here in the Netherlands cranberries grow in the dunes of several Wadden island. They are harvested in September and October. The ones I bought were hand-picked cranberries from one of the Dutch Wadden islands, Terschelling.
Cranberries are one of the richest sources of health-promoting antioxidant nutrients, like manganese and vitamin C, which combat free radical activity and protect against damage to both cellular structures and DNA. It is well-known that cranberry juice can help prevent urinary tract infections. Juicing whole, raw cranberries can also help fight cold and flu symptoms as it helps boost immunity and reduces inflammation.
Most people however can’t stand to eat fresh cranberries alone as they are extremely tart. That’s why the cranberries you typically find in your local supermarket are often processed and sweetened with refined sugar, for example dried cranberries or cranberry juice. The sweetness balances the sourness of the cranberries but the processing and sweetening ruin all those lovely health benefits.
Juicing is a great way to enjoy the health benefits of raw, fresh cranberries. When you juice fresh cranberries with sweet fruits like oranges and apples, the sourness moves into the background. I particularly love the combination of fresh cranberries and oranges. This Cranberry Beet Orange Juice is sweet, citrusy and earthy with just a hint of sourness. It’s super delicious and so good for you!
- 1 cup of cranberries
- 1 small red beet
- 3 oranges, peeled
- 1 apple
Juice all produce. Mix well and enjoy straight away!