George and Julia's Vegan Underground

Juiced Up Thursday

A week goes by and then Thursday rolls around, and you know what that means! Another Juiced Up Thursday. Woo! Today’s Juiced Up Thursday was a bit of a learning experience for me. For two years I’ve thought that this purple hue vegetable growing in my backyard was Oriental Lettuce.

Meet Oriental Lettuce… I think

Well as it turns out, with a little help from google, this is actually what Oriental Lettuce looks like (aka Chinese Lettuce):

Looks more like cabbage to me.

So what’s actually growing in my backyard is a different variety of… drum roll please…


That’s right, I have two different kinds of kale growing in the garden. So what better way to celebrate the discovery of  what I like to call oriental kale, by joining the two kinds in my juicer. I’m not sure if all kale is treated equally, but on this blog we do. So just to recap the greatness of kale, I’ll list the benefits again:

Kale: Includes calcium, vitamin B6, magnesium, vitamin A, C and K. Good source of minerals like copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Basically it keeps your body fresh and helps you inside and out.

So what’s today’s juice all about?

I love making juice but I didn’t love the ingredients in the fridge. Someone, not me, keeps buying beets. I can’t stand beets. I think they taste awful and even with how great they are for your health I try my hardest to avoid them. However, the only thing in my fridge today was carrots, apples, beets and lemon. And I’ve tried that combination once before and it sucked. I also should mention I have blueberries as well. So today I went with this:

  • Bundle of Kale (2 kinds)
  • 4 Carrots
  • 1 Beet (with it’s greens)
  • 1 Lemon
  • Handful of Blueberries

Not the most attractive juice.

As you can see again the majority of this juice was vegetables. Do you see a common theme here? Just to put some minds at ease, George and I like vegetable heavy juices because with extracting juice from fruits you get a lot of sugar and not the dietary fibery goodness. Where as vegetables are much lower in sugar and carry a little more bang for your buck in the nutrients isle.

Well bottoms up…

Even with the revolting beets, I have to try it out.


It doesn’t taste bad, even with the beet juice in it. Yeah it’s a little bitter, but it tastes hearty and decent. So what are the benefits of the beets and blueberries?

Beets: Welcome to the super food party beets. Beets carry tons of nutritional punch like magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, and calcium. It also has plentiful amounts of antioxidants which helps fight premature aging. The deep red color which stains everything it touches is called betacyanin and it’s a anti-cancer agent. There’s so much more too but for all you vegetarians and vegans, beets also is a home to various amino acids. Who needs meat when you’ve got the beet?

Blueberries: Everyone wants to find a magic diet pill, but really they should take a look at the little blue fruit in the pint container. Blueberries are known for assisting in weight management. It cuts down on cravings! So stress eaters, think about adding this superfruit to your diet. It also helps with reducing cholesterol, and has strong anti-obesity and anti-diabetic properties. Nature’s only true blue food, the blueberry is chockfull of antioxidants and polyphenols. It assists with prevention against some cancers and the onset of Alzheimer’s


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