Stephanie Brookshier, RD

Health is having the energy to exercise and play with your kids, the mental clarity to excel at your job, and the focus to get what you want out of life. Most people don't know what it's like to truly feel well.  It's more than just the absence of disease.  Good nutrition and physical activity are the core to truly feeling well. Whether you're helping employees reach their goals or setting your own, Stephanie can help you find better nutrition as the first step towards a better life.

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!

Bring your toothbrush if you're going to drink this in public because the bright purple can be hard to get out of your teeth!

Bring your toothbrush if you're going to drink this in public because the bright purple can be hard to get out of your teeth!

Ingredients:

1 beet, cut into quarters

1/2 cup blueberries

6-8 ounces 100% coconut water with pulp

Directions:

Blend all ingredients together.  Add coconut water until desired consistency is reached.

Bonuses:

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!