Beet Away the Winter Blues
The humble beet is an excellent food addition to your healthy diet and we’re going to take the time to sing the praises of this much overlooked vegetable in this week’s edition!
If you’re hesitant to try beets, an easy first step is to try it in a smoothie. Beets have a sweet earthy taste to them and are a great way to introduce nutrient dense foods into your diet.
Beets are chuck full of beneficial vitamin C, fiber. They also have essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects. On top of all of that, they produce nitric acid, which helps increase blood flow throughout your body, including to your brain.
- Mixed berries (we used strawberries and blueberries)
- 2 small or 1 large boiled beets
- 1/2 cup of beet juice (look for pure beet juice and make sure to read the ingredients list to ensure there are no added sugars.
- 3 tablespoons of whole milk plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup of coconut water
Mix all of the ingredients in a blender and beet away those winter blues! It’s as simple as that. Isn’t the color gorgeous? Happy eating!
Source: The World’s Healthiest Foods