Friday Foodie Feature: Pineapple Beet Juice

I’m so excited to post this because it marks the beginning of a series of fun, entertaining, witty, delicious and inspiring articles & recipes …. which are not mine! 🙂

You all know by now that I cook a lot, both at home & at work (I manage a food business in Perth, Australia). My world is basically made of fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds, cooking and dishes. What you probably don’t know is that even in my spare time I choose to read about …. well….still food! I browse the internet searching for ingredients I never heard of, cooking methods I haven’t used before, fun food facts and drool worthy food photos. Which means I stumble upon a lot of great blogs very often, blogs that I think you’d love to know about. This is what my Friday Foodie Feature is all about. Every Friday (or so, as time allows) I will introduce you with old time favorites of mine or my newest foodie discovery. Hope you’ll enjoy this first article! The recipe is as delicious as it is simple to make, the photos are just mouthwatering and Brianne is the loveliest and funniest. Plus, we’re so much alike. We both like avocados, bananas, avocados, nut butters and avocados!

Beet and Pineapple Juice - Natural Girl Modern World

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Make sure to check out her blog; the Forbidden Rice Buddha Bowl is just YUM!

Chris: What does food mean to you?

Brianne: Food represents so many things to me! It’s a source of nourishment. It’s a source of pleasure. It’s a source of creativity and expression. And ultimately it’s a way to share and bring people together. Food makes me feel so alive – both figuratively and literally, you could say!

Personally, I feel my best when eating a vegetarian, plant-based diet. I haven’t been vegetarian for my whole life though – growing up we ate some meat (mostly limited to fish and poultry) – but the move to becoming vegetarian felt like a very natural transition to my body. And, wherever possible, I like to buy products from sources I believe in. Like produce from local organic farmers and eggs from local pastured chickens. I want our lovely local family farms to keep doing their thing, so it’s important to support them as much as we can!

Chris: What is your blog about?

Brianne: Natural Girl Modern World is a blog that celebrates healthy nourishing recipes for the everyday. It’s all about delicious recipes that you can feel good about! Things with lots of fresh veggies, whole grains, nuts and seeds. And since it’s ALL about balance, you’ll see that dessert is far from forgotten (like here, here, and here). All recipes are vegetarian, and many are vegan and gluten-free.

I started this blog because, let’s be real, sometimes life just seems to get in the way of making healthy choices. My partner and I both work full-time jobs outside of the blog, so we need healthy dinners that can be cooked after a long day of work (and ideally double as lunch the next day). And quick make-ahead breakfasts so we can get a bit more shut-eye in the morning. On weekends, we like to get a bit fancier – like fun dinners and epic desserts for entertaining family and friends. These recipes are what we cook in the kitchen, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Beet and Pineapple Juice - Natural Girl Modern World

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Chris: What is your favorite food to cook?

That’s a tough call because I like to cook way too many things! If I had to pick just one ‘type’, it would probably be desserts. I’m laughing as I type this, because sometimes I feel like I have a love-hate relationship with dessert recipes. They always turn out great in the end – and many of them happen to be some of the most popular recipes on the blog. But getting there is definitely a process. Baking tends to be a lot more precise than cooking, and since I always test my recipes multiple times before posting to the blog, it can mean going through a lot of trial rounds. I can’t tell you how many times I tested the Vegan Coconut Cream Pie! Good thing I have such a sweet tooth, and a partner with a hefty appetite! But in the end, I’m always glad I put in the work – because in the end, it’s always about putting out delicious ‘fool-proof’ recipes that my readers can count on!

Chris: THE food you cannot live without?

Avocados – they make my world go ’round.

Chris: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 foods would you bring with you? 

Avocados (obviously), chocolate, bananas, nut butter and ice cream. Don’t know if I’ll last long on that combo – but YOLO.

Chris: Finish these sentences:

Food is … a (delicious) source of joy and connection

Cooking is …something I’ll never get bored of!

Life is … beautiful.

Healthy is …feeling good in your body.

Love is …doing life with your best friend.

Chris: Favorite foodie quote:

“People who love to eat are always the best people” – Julia Child

Beet and Pineapple Juice - Natural Girl Modern World

Photo credit Natural Girl Modern World

Pineapple Beet Juice

Serves 1 (V, GF)

Ingredients

  • ½ pineapple (fresh)
  • 1 small beet
  • ½ cucumber
  • ¾” knob of ginger

Steps

  1. Remove the skin and core from the pineapple. Cut into large chunks.
  2. Put the chopped pineapple, beet, cucumber and ginger through a juicer. Stir and enjoy.

Notes:

Organic produce is highly recommended, if possible; otherwise, make sure to peel produce before juicing.

If you don’t have a juicer, you could try blending the mixture through a high-speed blender (add water as necessary). Then, pour the mixture through a nut milk bag to strain the pulp. Beet juice stains though, so avoid this method if you’re a stickler for perfectly white nut milk bags!

Recipe reprinted with permission from Natural Girl Modern World.

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