Sweet Beets and Greens Smoothie Recipe

The best part of waking up is…

Sweet Beets and Greens Smoothie!

Bet you thought I was going to to say “Folgers in my cup”. Nope. Cuz coffee really doesn’t do your body good like sweet beets, blueberries, strawberries, pomegranate juice, and a large handful of baby kale!

Sweet Beets and Greens Smoothie Recipe in a Blender

 

Read on to find out 5 amazing health benefits of eating beets

1. Helps Improve Blood Flow

Beets aren’t the newest kid on the block but they are worth shouting about. Beets have naturally occurring nitrates that help improve blood flow–including the heart, brain and muscles. Drinking one to two cups of beetroot juice a day may lower blood pressure significantly and improve a person’s stamina and energy.

2. Nature’s Aphrodisiac

Want to know another insane fact about beets? They are nature’s aphrodisiac. Boron is directly related to the production of human sex hormones and guess what veggie contains high amounts of boron? Yep. BEETS. Nature’s Viagra. Ancient Romans were known to use them medicinally as an aphrodisiac. True story.

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3. Cleanses and Detoxes the Body

Need a blood purifier? Beets are it. They are a wonderful tonic for the liver and are one of the richest sources of antioxidants. They are high in many vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, manganese, fiber, phosphorous, iron, Vitamins A, B & C, and more.

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4. Cancer Fighter

Beets’ blood red color comes from betalains, which help in the areas of fighting cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and inflammation.

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5. Improves Mental Health

The betalains in beets have been used in treatments of depression. It also contains trytophan that helps relax the mind and create a sense of well-being. Move over chocolate!

So what are you waiting for? Start with this Sweet Beets and Greens Smoothie!

Sweet Beets and Greens Smoothie Collage. Bakerette.com

Sweet Beets and Greens Smoothies
 
Author:
Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 3 medium beets (9 ounces), cooked, peeled and quartered
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen unsweetened blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen unsweetened whole strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 1/2 cups baby kale
Instructions
  1. In a high speed blender, mix together ingredients in order listed and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour into glasses and serve.
Notes
For fresh beets: In a medium saucepan, cook beets covered for approximately 30-40 mins or until fork tender. Rinse with cold water, drain, and cool.

!If fresh beets aren't available, you may substitute an 8 to 9-ounce package of whole baby beets for the fresh beets.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 178 Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0 g Unsaturated fat: 0 g Trans fat: 0 Carbs: 44 g Sugar: 37 g Sodium: 89 mg Fiber: 5 g Protein: 2 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

Recipe adapted from BHG.com

Sources:

  1. DoctorOz.com “The Benefits of Beet Juice”
  2. FullCircle.com “6 Health Benefits of Eating Beets”
  3. Real Food For Life

 

 

About Jen

Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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