After hearing and seeing so many delicious looking smoothies using beets, I finally decided to try my hand at making my own. Beets are really good for you – just was hesitant about using them in a smoothie. However, the smoothie turned out great! Definitely loved the taste of the green apple and lemon to add some sweetness and a nice tangy kick to the mix. After doing some research, I quickly learned that beets are beneficial for a number of reasons. Beets contain belatin – a colour pigment that is a very powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Belatin is also a fungicide and overall, it helps to aid in the detox of harmful chemicals and substances that may enter your body. Nutritional wise, beets (root, stem, fruit, leaves) are very high in manganese and folic acid. Keep in mind that beets are very powerful, and that you don’t need a lot of them to obtain the nutritional and health benefits that they provide your body with (they may turn your pee red/pink if you eat too much too!).
Save the stems and greens from your beets! Don’t just use the actual beet, be sure to save the roots, stems and leaves. The leafy greens that come from beets are incredibly high in vitamins A, C, K along with calcium, iron, pottassium, magnesium, and many more beneficial nutrients. I cut, rinsed and stored mine in a large freezer bag to use later this week in salads.
Long-term, beet juice is said to be beneficial for your eyes, liver health, as well as helpful in lowering cholesterol and blood pressure (for those that have high cholesterol and blood pressure).
So there you go! In other news, I stocked up on some more Habitual Dark Chocolate (<3). This time around I got 47% cacao milk chocolate (for my boyfriend), 70% cacao, 75% cacao with chili peppers, and for the first time… 100% cacao pure chocolate! Excited to try some pure chocolate goodness and taste the cacao flavour from just the bean and the cacao butter… just the way that chocolate was naturally meant to be enjoyed. Stay tuned for an update!
1 small green apple, sliced
1 lemon, juiced
2 stalks of celery
about 10 dark sweet cherries
1 small beet (steamed, and then chopped into fine pieces)