Turn Up the BEET! There are lots of ways you can enjoy beets and one of the ways is to add them into your smoothies! If you don’t care for the taste of beets, no worries, when you add fruit, it will mask the flavor and you’ll be able to soak in all the amazing benefits!
Check out the list below. One thing I noticed after my first week of daily drinking my beet smoothies was the whites of my eyes got clearer and skin felt smoother and less dry!
Below are a few recipes, but you can add beets to just about any smoothie. If you’re concerned about the flavor, start with a small amount of chopped beets, be sure to peel it first.
To make it super easy here’s a great prep tip: peel the beets first, then cut into cubes and freeze ready throw into your smoothie! Enhances the color and unless you’re putting in loads you won’t notice any beet taste 😉
You can steam your beets first if you don’t have a high powered blender. If you have a high powered blender you won’t need to steam the beets, just cut them up and throw them in.
9 REASONS TO ADD BEETS TO YOUR LIFE
1. Promotes Liver Health
⭐️ Contains Betacyanin which helps detoxify your liver and your blood and eliminate fatty acids and toxins from your body!
2. Regulates Metabolism
⭐️ Potassium-rich so helps balance electrolytes and regulate metabolism.
3. Lowers Inflammation
⭐️ Contains Betaine – an anti-inflammatory agent aka less pain and swelling!
4. Lowers Risk of Anemia
⭐️ Loads of iron
5. Boosts Immunity
⭐️ Antioxidants powerhouse boosting immunity!
6. Strong Bones
⭐️ Strong calcium source for strong bones and teeth.
7. Maintains Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
⭐️A low-glycemic food therefor steady energy.
8. Aids Fetal Development
⭐️Rich in folic acid, beets can promote healthy growth and development of your unborn baby!
9. Vitamin C
⭐️ Helps the body absorb Iron
Below are a few recipes to try~
* ½ cup fresh orange juice
* 1 cup mixed frozen strawberries
* 1/4-⅓ cup diced peeled beet
* 1 frozen banana
* Handful of ice
* 1 small apple, cored.
* 1 raw red beet, washed, peeled.
* 1 handful berries, frozen
* 1 handful kale
* ¼ cup pineapple, frozen (optional)
* ½ naval orange peeled
* ½ cup Ice
* ½ cup Iced water
STRAWBERRY BANANA BEET
1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
2 frozen bananas
1 peeled beet
1/2 cup almond milk
1 1/2 cup ice
Blend until smooth.
Pick up a bag of frozen cherries to make this amazing smoothie. You can add cacao for a chocolate version too! This is super good and the perfect refreshing shake full of nothing but the good for ya stuff!
One thing I like to always have in our freezer is frozen cubes of coconut milk and almond milk for thick shakes. Its super simple and a great way to get the texture we all love without using ice creams.
If you want to try this, here is the recipe!
Bing Cherry Vanilla Shake
1 cup coconut milk cubes
1 cup almond milk cubes
1 1/2 cup frozen bing cherries
1 dash of vanilla or half a vanilla bean
Sweeten to taste
Blend until thick and creamy! If you don’t have a good blender add extra almond milk to help it spin!
Green Goddess Smoothie
The Green Goddess smoothie is packed with powerhouse nutrients that help with inflammation, gut health, hydration and boosts immunity and energy levels all while tasting A-mazing. I really love Naturelo Raw Greens Superfood Powder because it’s made with 45 whole food alkalizing ingredients and absolutely no synthetics: organic spirulina, organic barley grass, organic alfalfa, organic wheat grass, organic chlorella, organic acai, organic goji berries, organic kale, organic spinach, organic broccoli, and 26 other organic plant extracts. Below is one of my favorite smoothies with the Naturelo Raw Greens Superfood Powder! You can add this amazing raw greens powder to just about any smoothie, but keep in mind you’ll need a little more fruit to sweeten the flavor.
Green Goddess Smoothie
- 2 tsp Naturelo Raw Greens Superfood Powder
- 1 large Dino kale
- 3 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 cup filtered water
- handful of ice (optional)
- 1 handful of parsley (optional)
BLEND UNTIL SMOOTH!
I personally love starting my day with a tall glass of water mixed with fresh lemon juice and apple cider vinegar with a spoon full of molasses (see why below), followed by a tall hydrating green smoothie. Feel free to double this recipe if you are hungry throughout the morning. I usually sip on this throughout the morning. Here are two recipes that are simple to make, taste good and take no time at all!
2 dino kale leaves. or 1 cup baby spinach or baby kale
1 cup frozen or fresh mango (peaches or pears work well too)
3 frozen ripe banana
1 cup coconut or filtered water or organic almond milk for creamer version
1/2 seeded cucumber (optional)
1/4 cup parsley or mint (optional) – anti-inflammatory – will alter taste slightly.
handful of ice
Blend until smooth – Enjoy!
Morning Start Green Smoothie
1 cup organic apple sauce
1 cup baby kale or baby spinach
3 frozen ripe banana (or mango, or blueberries- it will alter taste but be good).
1 cup ice
Add filtered water to expand if desired.
Blend until smooth!
Morning Start- A few tips to get the day going in the right direction!
For a good start on the day (you likely will detest this at the beginning haha). Try drinking warm or room temperature water with 1/2 lemon squeezed 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon molasses. WHY? Read below the many reasons but right off the bat… It curbs your appetite like no other and sugary food (Cereals, donuts, whatever), you won’t be able to even stomach it! I actually like it this concoction now! My husband has been doing this now for a good 8 months and finds without it he craves sugar etc. It sets the tone for the day.
Starting your day like this is going to give your insides a morning rinse, your metabolism a kick start, hydrate your cells and curb cravings which naturally prepare you to make food choices that will also support a healthy gut.
Listed below is a little more info on what to try! Hope this helps! Pair this with some exercise and you are going to be golden in a matter of no time. I can’t promise anything because I am not a professional, but what I do know is nature is going to support your health more than processed. It’s back to the basics with nature!
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar “Braggs” Brand:
Apple cider vinegar and vinegar, in general, are composed of acetic acid which aids in digestion through its anti-fungal, antibacterial and alkalizing properties. Apple cider vinegar can decrease inflammation throughout the body and specifically the digestive tract. I take 1-2 tbsp. diluted in water every morning or before every meal. Apple cider vinegar has been a remedy to digestive issues for over a thousand years and can even help with reducing candida!
Organic UnSulphered Black-strap Molasses:
Black-strap molasses is packed with so many nutrients like vitamin B6, magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and so much more! Taking a tablespoon of molasses every morning helps to jump-start your digestive tract and gives your body the minerals and nutrients it needs for healthy hair skin and nails. Interesting fact…black-strap molasses is nutrient dense in magnesium which helps your muscles relax and draws water into the stool which promotes gut health! The best part is a jar of proper molasses is just a couple of dollars!
Fiber Rich Whole Foods
Fiber rich whole foods are so important to a healthy gut because of the effect that fiber has on the digestive system which includes a healthy gut. Fibre rich whole foods can help control blood sugar, promote heart health and offer relief from IBS. I love making green smoothies or having a large salad with kale or spinach. Fiber-rich foods help with normal bowel movement and bowel health together. Did you know that staying “regular” helps with energy levels and mood?
It sounds too simple to be a solution to a healthy gut but a healthy gut needs good old fashioned H20 and foods that are dense with it to help keep that digestive tract stay clean and clear. I like to drink a glass of water with lemon right when I wake up and then before every meal the best I can. I also eat a lot of cucumbers and melons which are 96% water!
Lastly, exercise! Movement where you can when you can really pay off! I love to stay active and get in some type of physical exertion every day whether it’s working out with my hubby, going for a bike ride with the kids, going for a run, swim, doing yoga or going for a surf! Exercise, specifically high-intensity interval training (HIIT) has been found beneficial in promoting a healthy gut. (I didn’t know this until recently). Exercise helps improve the balance of bacteria in the gut while improving your circulation, weight, skin, mood and the list goes on…. In case you need some extra motivation!
I hope this helps, and I know there is a lot of advice out there! This is what worked for me and if its any help to you then I will have done my job! Awesome!!