Antioxidant Power Smoothie
Dirt isn't my favorite flavor, so I don't typically eat beets. But for some reason this smoothie hits the spot if I'm craving something sweet. This smoothie is already packed with antioxidants, but if you want even more vitamins A and C, add the beet greens to the mix.
And yes, I do realize that this is a smoothie recipe and it is December, but it's been warm in San Diego. It was 86 degrees on Thanksgiving!
1 beet, cut into quarters
1/2 cup blueberries
6-8 ounces 100% coconut water with pulp
Blend all ingredients together. Add coconut water until desired consistency is reached.
For 120 calories, you get 8 grams of fiber, 22% of your vitamin C, 26% of your folate, and 30% of your daily potassium needs.
Beets are high in betalins which have been shown to provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support. Red betalin pigments in beets are very susceptible to heat so using raw beets in this recipe helps you to reap all of their benefits!