Friday, 4 July 2014

Vegetable Pink Lemonade


Who doesn't love an ice-cold pink lemonade on a hot summer afternoon? This week, we have a healthier version of this summer classic made without any added sugars and the healthy vitamins and phytonutrients found in your favourite market vegetables. The beets are high in folate and potassium which are great for the heart, and the carrots are high in beta-carotene and vitamin A to promote healthy eyes. It's the perfect (and healthy) way to refresh and recharge after a busy day in the sunshine!

If you have a juicer, you can make this refreshing recipe that's sure to be a hit with the whole family. To further sweeten the drink, blend the lemonade with strawberries, raspberries and ice to create a Pink Lemonade Smoothie.

Don't have a juicer? Toss some finely chopped beets and carrots into the blender for your next smoothie. You'll get the benefits of the vegetables without buying a juicer!

Vegetable Pink Lemonade

3 baby beets, tops on
4-6 cups chopped carrots
3 stalks rhubarb (optional)
1 apple (optional)
1 lemon per 2 c. lemonade
Sparkling water (optional)

Juice the baby beets, carrots and, if desired, rhubarb and apple into a measuring cup. Taste the base and sweeten by juicing more carrots or apple if desired. Reserve the pulp (you can freeze it in bags) to add to your next cake recipe... it makes it extra moist and adds healthy fibre!

Squeeze lemons into a pitcher, using 1 lemon for every 2 cups of finished lemonade.

Pour vegetable mix into pitcher, using 1/2 cup of mix for every 2 cups finished lemonade.

Top with sparkling or tap water and chill in the fridge. Garnish with a twist of lemon and enjoy!

where can you find ingredients at our market?

  • Dargatz Family Farm, Riverbend Gardens, The Plot and Holden Colony all carry carrots and beets at some point during the summer. This week, Riverbend Garden and Holden Colony will have these ingredients available.
  • Riverbend Gardens grows beets and carrots to use in this recipe!
  • Dargatz Family Farm sells rhubarb.
  • Steve and Dan's, Red Apple, and AIG Produce all carry apples and pears, as well as berries if you'd like to blend the lemonade into a smoothie. 

Contributed by Carley-Jane Stanton from her blog, The Northern Urbanites. Visit the original post here.
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