I just think this is a great time of year to eat beets! This is the magical time of year where ever so slowly (depending where you live of course), the long winter starts to turn the corner into the newness and freshness of Spring. Hooray!
So how do beets fit in? First of all, they have amazing detoxifying properties, which is SO important this time of year to help cleanse and support us in blasting out any stagnation and buildup from the winter, and not being as active and moving around as much, etc. They are also an amazing blood builder, to help bring more oxygen into your system and help with greater energy.
So here’s what I got for you today, to help get more beets in your life: my Sweet Beet Smoothie Recipe.
This recipe is packed with not only all the vitamins and all that cleansing beet goodness, but the rich antioxidants and dietary fiber from the apple, healthy digestive boost from the ginger, high-nutrient, low-calorie spinach (move over Popeye!), and energy boosting elements from the dates—you’re sure to be in fine-form to tackle the rest of your afternoon.
The Ruby Root…Beets!
Your first encounter or a few might have gotten you to thinking beets are earthy and kinda gross. But I encourage you to give them another chance! Tastes can change over time. I used to not like avocados…and who knew I would be an avocado queen one day, eating them pretty much every day at this point. 🙂 So whether you currently love beets (as I do!) or are working on getting to be friends with them, it’s helpful to know some of their amazing benefits:
Here are a few of my favorites:
Detoxification: Beets thin bile (which is an alkaline fluid that aids digestion and is secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder). This means, we will be improving liver function and increasing detoxification—one of the biggest factors in boosting beauty from within.
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Brain: The nitrates in beets stimulate blood flow to the brain. The good news about that is that this flow to the brain can help keep you clear and focused!
Gorgeous Skin: We talk about this a lot over here in Beauty Detox, but let me remind you again :)… cleansing helps create glowing, beautiful skin! So when we add beets to the mix, they are actually stimulating cell production and repair. They help protect your skin from premature aging and wrinkles, and their powerful antioxidants help fight signs of aging to keep your skin firm and youthful.
So here we go:
It’s time for you to give this beautiful beet recipe a try!
It’s time to blend away….
Sweet Beet Smoothie Recipe
- 2 cups coconut water
- 1 red apple cored and sliced
- 1 small or 1/2 medium beet raw – (use a high powered blender or cook beet before blending)
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ginger root
- 1/2 bunch spinach chopped and rinsed
- 6 dates to taste ---if less sugar is desired sweeten to taste with stevia instead
- Add the coconut water, apple, beet, ginger root, spinach and dates to the blender. Starting the blender on a low speed, blend until smooth. If needed gradually increase to higher speeds and blend until smooth.
Note: You will need a really high-powered blender if using raw beets.
As always, happy blending, and don’t forget to add this beauty recipe to your Pinterest Smoothie board!
All my love,
Can’t wait to try this new recipe! And just making sure… Did you peel your beet first? I’m having a hard time peeling a cooked beet (they never seem to be cooked enough!), can’t imagine peeling a raw one!
Thank you so much! xx
Thank you Amelia, for checking out my new smoothie recipe. If you give your beets a good scrubbing before you steam them, you can keep the skin on for added nutrients. Let me know what you think and sending you lots of love! 😉
You are absolutely amazing and such a rare holistic dietician! We are so lucky to get your advice.. Thank you for everything you do. Now I need to not be lazy and go buy these ingredients! And then make… Haha.
Thank you so much Han, for all of your kind words. Let me know when you give this recipe a try and what you think. Lots of love and support to you! 😉 Xx
When do you recommend drinking this smoothie? Between breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner?
Hi Kayla and thanks for checking out my new smoothie. I would encourage you to try out this smoothie or any of my smoothies for an afternoon snack and let it digest before having your dinner. Let me know what you think when you give it a try. Lots of love! 😉
Oh my Goodness! Little Bub brought the biggest smile to my face!
I needed that ~ at home with a cold. He is Beautiful ~ just like you, Kimberly. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful recipes and pearls of wisdom!
Thank you so much for your kind remarks Joan, so sweet of you. Sending you lots of love and support back. Get well soon! 😉
thank you for sharing this recipe. I am just confused aren’t beets veggies and do they combine with apples?
Can I use banana instead of dates?
Thank you very much in advance!
Hi Elena…thank you so much for your great questions. When it comes to food combining, the beets and apple pair well since they are both mostly water (even though the beet is a root). The combination will make it easier for your body to break down with no issues. If you would like to use banana for sweetness rather than the dates, this is okay too (uou will have to see how much you will need for your personal taste). Bananas are more starchy and contain less water (we can’t juice a banana), so they digest more slowly than other fruits and are great for using in different types of smoothies, including this one. I hope this helps…I know it can be confusing at times but stay connected with future blogs and podcasts where I’ll be answering more questions like these. Lots of love! 😉
I just made this w a little too much ginger but boy is this refreshing. Taste very unique and yummy. Even if I put a little too much