Vegan Gluten-Free Big Bud Blueberry Beet Juice
No matter where a person lives or how cautious they might be, the simple fact is that the environment has toxins. Over time, these toxins will accumulate in the body, causing damage to the cells. Juicing is a simple and delightful way to dramatically improve any health issues by adding high concentrations of fruits and vegetables to a diet. The simple act of consuming juices provides the body with antioxidants that help to bring it back into balance.
This recipe is a delicious, strain-specific drink that can be made even more palatable for the beginner juicer by adding in blood oranges. Blueberries and blood oranges contain the pigment anthocyanin which has shown to reduce inflammation of the body, boost the immune system and provide protection against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Blueberries are also know to help fight fat in the body and help maintain optical health.
Beets and cannabis leaves have shown significant anti-cancer agents which help to impede tumor growth. Both are similarly packed with vitamins, minerals, nutrients and phytonutrients. The cannabis leaf cannabinoids also help to relieve nausea, anxiety and debilitating illnesses in people without getting them high. And lastly, don’t be fooled that the addition of local clover honey is just for sweetness because it has many other purposes. Honey is considered nature’s best all-around remedies and has been used for centuries medically. It’s high in antioxidants, antimicrobials, flavonoids, properties that promote wound healing and properties that reduce local seasonal allergies.
There are a few words of caution when it comes to juicing for people with sensitive digestive systems or compromised immune systems. Fan leaves have tiny microscopic hairs that can be irritating to some people when ingested. People with sensitive digestive tracks should use caution as it may irritate the lining of the throat, stomach and intestinal lining. Use the following recipe but drink it in small amounts to gauge the body’s reaction to the juice. Some combinations of high-acidic fruits paired with a good juicer seem to dampen and even eliminate the effects of irritation on sensitive stomachs by breaking down these tiny hairs. It’s important to make sure that the plants being juiced don’t contain any kind of microbes, fungus, diseases, residual pesticides or pests. Anyone with a weak or compromised immune system could potentially become ill by ingesting plant material that’s not clean.
Mise en place:
- 3 ½ cups organic blueberries
- 1 cup organic Big Bud Blueberry fan leaves washed with the lower stems cut off (You can do raw buds or a mixture of raw bud and fan leaves.)
- ½ organic beet
- 1 tablespoon local clover honey or agave nectar or maple syrup
- *1-2 organic blood oranges, if desired
- Read the instructions on juicer then put all ingredients (except the honey) through the machine and set aside in a glass or container.
- Dissolve honey in a very small amount of hot water and allow it to come to room temperature.
- Add the honey-water mixture to juice and thoroughly stir before serving to make sure it has blended.
- Pour over ice or drink as is.
Because blueberries tend to thicken the drink, feel free to strain the juice for a smoother texture, if desired. This juice can be stored in the fridge for up to three days. Don’t throw out the cannabis pulp! It can be used to bake into treats such as muffins or sweet breads to add moisture and fiber. Enjoy!
Written for: Cannabis Now Magazine