Beet juice smoothie

Beet juice in my smoothie recipe?!

Lately, I’ve been adding beet juice to my smoothies. They typically consist of 1 cup of berries, a handful of spinach, 1 cup of water and 1 scoop of superfood powder (I use Shakeology). When I substitute 1/2 c of beet juice and 1/2 cup of water for the full cup of water, I find that it adds an extra dimension to my smoothie.

I planted a few beets in my garden this year and I love them so I was curious about why they’re so healthy. I want to share with you what I’ve found.

Beet juice smoothie

Shakeology smoothie with berries & beet juice

Beets have lots of antioxidants. I’ve read that they have more antioxidants than tomatoes or carrots. While they have a lovely, sweet taste – it’s said they have a very low impact on blood sugar – so no spikes!

So far, I’ve purchased beet juice rather than juicing it myself. If you’re juicing your own beets, be sure to keep the beet greens. I often use them in smoothies in place of spinach. They are super nutritious – ranked one of the world’s healthiest foods. They have 15% RDA of iron, plus calcium and magnesium as well as Vitamin A (220%), Vitamin K and even Vitamin C.

For the beets themselves, I simply roast them at 400 degrees with a little olive oil – oh, for about 40 minutes or so. And that’s it! If there are any leftovers, I add them to a spinach salad with blue cheese and walnuts.

The beet vegetable, the root itself, is full of a phytonutrient called betalains. cancer-fighting compounds. As I continue to blog about healthy, natural food please check back. Send me any comments about what whole food nutrients you would like to learn about!

Smoothie Bowls

Smoothie BowlsI love my shakeology smoothie and enjoy one every day – I just thought it would be fun to try the (almost) same thing in a bowl! So yummy & fun to eat. I blended 1 cup of berries, a scoop of vanilla Shakeology (any protein powder will work), a handful of spinach and 1/2 cup of water. I think I actually added a little more water, which was too much – it got a little soupy. So, stick to a half cup. I would also suggest throwing in some oats to the blender to thicken it up a little. I’m going to be trying different versions, so stay tuned for new recipes!

Quick recipe for Smoothie Bowl:

  • 1 c berries – I used strawberries because they’re in season, but any mixture of berries will work
  • scoop of protein powder
  • 1/2 c of water
  • add 3 Tbsp of oats or granola
  • a handful of spinach or kale
  • Blend. Voila. Enjoy!