Saturday, December 28, 2013

Can't BEET This Smoothie

Forget what you think about beets if your only association with them is as warm, mushy, pickled red balls of weirdness! Instead, think tart, tangy and refreshing! This beet smoothie is a great-for-what-ails-you elixir when you've over-indulged on the Christmas goodies or the holiday beverages. Beets are also  helpful in correcting digestive issues resulting from the use of oral antibiotics. I like to consider this smoothie to be a great 'insurance-policy' when I know that I will be out celebrating. Drinking one of these babies is a fantastic way to fortify myself with some powerful antioxidants, protective micronutrients, and satiating fiber BEFORE I hit the parties (why on earth it's the norm to starve oneself prior to being surrounded with tempting goodies is beyond me . . . of COURSE you're going to over-indulge then!).

1 medium apple, washed, cored and cubed
1 small/medium raw red beet, peeled and cubed
1/2-inch piece of raw ginger, peeled
1 lime, peel removed, halved
6-8 ice cubes
1/2 cup frozen blueberries OR 6-8 large frozen strawberries
1/2 − 1 cup water (or more, depending on desired consistency)

Combine all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth, adding 1/2 cup water, then more if necessary. Optional additions include 1 Tablespoon flaxseeds and/or 1 scoop whey or plant-based protein powder (just be sure to add the protein powder AFTER completely blending the smoothie, and then blend it for only a few seconds - otherwise, your smoothie will be fairly frothy).

Makes one large, or two small servings.

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