Hi Everyone! Happy Sunday!
Hope you’re all enjoying your day, It’s a BEAUTIFUL day here in Boston. I just walked to the market to stock up on some food for the week. I got lots of chicken & avocado for lunches, healthy snacks etc. but I ALSO got the fruits & veggies to make my new favorite energy smoothie/drink. The main and most important ingredient are the BEETS!
Beets have long been known to have great health benefits. They are full of vitamins like magnesium, copper, potassium, iron, and manganese. They’ve been know to increase blood circulation and in turn help to reduce blood pressure, and lessen your risk for heart disease. They are rumored to help endurance, which is why I tend to drink this juice either before of right after a workout. It’s even been suggested that beets could increase brain function, and reduce that fat in your liver (so you can feel a little less guilty about those glasses of rose). Source Convinced yet?!
I have always likes the taste of beets and would sometimes add them to my salads. But I decided I would make a more conscious effort to add beets to my diet after listening to RHOC Heather Dubrows podcast a few weeks ago and hearing her speak about all the benefits of beets, she was promoting their new beet drink in their Consulte Beauty line. Their drink comes as a powder and you just add water and shake. I don’t generally like spending money on health/beauty gimmicks when I can buy fresh beets at the market and have the same results. So I hopped on the beet bandwagon and started trying out some different combinations of fruits/veggies to see what I liked.
I wanted to make sure that I incorporated more vegetables than fruits, but I still wanted it to taste good. The good news is that beets are naturally sweet, so there’s no need to add agave or honey for sweetness. The recipe I’ve been using is:
- 1 beet, pealed & slices
- 1/2 of a banana (I like to freeze the bananas first)
- 2 small carrots, peeled
- the juice from 1/2 a lemon
- 1 stalk of celery, pealed
- a handful of spinach (frozen or fresh)
- 1 green apple w/ the skin still on
Blend it all together with a handful of ice & a cup of water. You can of course modify this if you prefer other veggie/fruit combos, but for me, this is the combination that seemed the healthiest while still tasting great!