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.
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….
- 2 cups coconut water
- 1 red apple, cored and sliced
- 1 small or ½ medium beet, raw – (use a high powered blender or cook beet before blending)
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ginger root
- ½ 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.
All my love,