“The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.”– Tom Robbins
While Green Smoothies are all the craze and I do love a green smoothie as much as the next guy, sometimes a girl just needs to mix it up! This creation was born out of my abnormal love, or rather obsession, with carrot and beet juice. The silkiness blended with the sweet is more than enough to quench my unrelenting sweet tooth, while keeping me feeling energized and hydrated. Sometimes I call it my crack juice because I honestly feel as though I have a true addiction… and I am completely basing this off the fact that I check the palms of my hands daily for the possible emergence of orange-tinted skin. I will keep you posted to let you know if that actually happens…
So while the green vegetables are loaded with minerals, vitamins and chlorophyll, there is A LOT to say about our finer friends of the root family. Being the base of all the leafy parts of the vegetable, they hold the most energy in the form of sugars which are imperative for all brain functioning. So when you pair this fabulous combination with all the other goodies I have thrown into this concoction, you have got yourself a super powered smoothie which can actually act as a full meal.
Okay, enough build up. Here are the goodies!
THK Banana Beet Smoothie
1 large Beet, peeled
6 large Carrots, peeled
1 small piece of Ginger
1 tbs Almond Butter, raw
1 scoop Vanilla Sunwarrior Protein (warrior blend)
1/3 tsp Blue Green Algae
1 tbs Hemp Seeds
Juice the Carrots, Beets and Ginger. Place juice in a high speed blender and add remaining ingredients. Spin until silky smooth.
Teach us Something!
Okay, okay! I know you are all here dying to learn more about health and nutrition, so today lets take a good look at our friend the beet.
Beets are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. Betanin and vulgaxanthin are the two best-studied betalains from beets, and both have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. Betalains can actually support liver detoxification by aiding in Phase II detoxification, which is vital to keeping our bodies toxin-free. So eating plenty of beets actually help to cleanse your body on a daily basis.
- Support Liver Detoxification – Perfect Daily Cleanser
- Shown to have an Anti-Tumor Effect
- Maintain a Healthy Nervous System, especially the eye
- Anti-Inflammatory Effect – COX 1 and COX 2 inhibitors
- Antioxidant Rich! – Cancer and Disease Preventative!
- Excellent for Heart Health, Diabetes and other Inflammatory Conditions
- Rich in Iron, Vitamin C, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Folate – Excellent for blood, muscles, nerves, tissue, skin, bones and pregnant mothers