This smoothie is so sweet and tasty that no one will believe you when you tell them it’s super healthy and cleansing to the liver!
1 cup (about 2-3 average sized beets) *I like to cook mine in the slow cooker first, but you can throw them in your high-powered blender raw
1 cup carrots (raw or previously steamed)
1 green apple with peel (cored)
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp fresh grated ginger (or about 1 tsp ground ginger)
1-2 cups of water, depending on desired consistency/thickness
Blend everything up together. The beets and carrots make for a delicious sweet flavour. Because this is a blended smoothie and not juiced, all the pulp and wonderful stays intact – making this not only incredibly supportive to the liver, but also to the intestinal system.
To make it a fully balanced meal, add your favorite protein powder or collagen and some healthy fats (2 tbsp flax seed or 1 tsp fish oil). Now you have a balanced smoothie complete with carbohydrates, protein and fats supportive to blood sugar stability.
This makes a couple servings, store in refrigerator for up to 3-4 days (but you’ll drink it before then!)
Beets are loaded with health-benefitting properties; including anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, high phytonutrients, fiber, folate, and manganese. They have betalin pigments and an enzyme called glutathione-S-transferase that aids in the neutralization and excretion of toxins from the body.
DID YOU KNOW?
Beetroot is a plant in the amaranth family. It contains powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins that contribute to its distinctive reddish-purple flesh and skin. Beetroot has been touted as a natural source of potentially performance-enhancing dietary nitrates, containing nearly 300 mg of those nitrates per 100 g (~4 oz) serving!
The physiological effects of beetroot kick in 30 minutes postconsumption with activity peaking after 90 minutes and staying elevated for approximately 6 hours. Overall health and performance benefits may last as long as 2 weeks postconsumption. Wow, now that’s good food fuel!