Sweet Beet Smoothie
Did you know that beets are a powerful super food with detoxifying properties?
They are packed full of antioxidants that may fight cancer and reduce inflammation. Beets are a great pre-workout snack, as they improve blood flow through the body, which increases endurance. They have proven to lower blood pressure and reverse hypertension. Beets can help flush toxins from your liver, too. While the list can go on, a final benefit is their higher levels of betaine. Betaine is a key body nutrient that can aid in depression, and boost your mood during this colder winter season.
Beets sometimes get a bad wrap because people assume they taste like dirt, and that they are loaded with sugar. To combat the first issue – simply wash your beets well and peel them. Getting rid of the skin leaves you with a beautiful beet that has a pleasantly earthy, natural taste. For the sugar issue, while beets do contain some natural sugar, they are no more sugary than any other sweet root vegetable (like carrots).
If you’re thinking that you don’t like beets, be adventurous and give them a try. You might just love them. And if you are new to beets, this simple, healthy recipe blends beets and citrus to create an sweet flavor. The addition of citrus cuts the beet
taste, and other fruits can easily be incorporated. The best part about this smoothie is that you can alter the amounts of each ingredient to get the perfect taste for you. Try apples, frozen berries, or bananas to create a unique super-smoothie!
You Will Need
- 1 small raw farm fresh beet, peeled and diced
- 1 orange, peeled and sectioned
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 – 2 Tbsp raw, local Freedom Farms honey
- ½ cup water
- Ice (add more for a thicker, slushy consistency)
- Blend oranges, water and ice until smooth.
- Add beets, lemon juice, and honey. Blend to desired consistency, and enjoy!
To add an extra punch of dense nutrition, top off with some Freedom Farms bee pollen. It’s an all natural alternative to your multivitamin.
Originally written by Jenna Dascanio in the January 2015 issue of Freedom Farms Magazine.