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.

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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!

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