Strawberry, Beet, Ginger Smoothie
Isn’t the color of this Strawberry, Beet, Ginger Smoothie amazing?! I promise, it looks this vibrant in real life thanks to the beautiful beets used in the recipe. I’m not a huge fan of beets so you don’t have to worry about this smoothie having a strong beet taste. There is a hint of it and when mixed with the sweet strawberries it tastes amazing.
Avoid Beet Hands
If you have never worked with red beets before then I should warn you….things could get messy! As soon as you cut into a beet it begins to bleed a beautiful, but evil, natural red liquid. The main goal of this liquid is to destroy everything it touches! Your hands, clothes, kitchen counter, utensils….you name it… and it will leave its mark.
To avoid the dreaded Beet Hands and Beet Kitchen, I always wear gloves before handling beets. You can use latex gloves or clean dishwashing gloves; use whatever you have, just use something! I also spread parchment paper over a large cutting board, ensuring my beets don’t bleed on my counter or utensils.
As long as you take these precautionary steps you should be able to win the fight against Beet Hands.
Health Benefits of This Smoothie
According to this study, beetroot appears to be a powerful dietary source of health promoting agents that holds potential as therapeutic treatment for several pathological disorders. The powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and vascular-protective effects offered by beetroot and its constituents have been clearly demonstrated by several in vitro and in vivo human studies; hence its increasing popularity as a nutritional approach to help manage cardiovascular disease and cancer. In the human studies to date, beetroot supplementation has been reported to reduce blood pressure, attenuate inflammation, avert oxidative stress, preserve endothelial function and restore cerebrovascular haemodynamics.
***NOTE: This blog is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner. All information contained in this blog is the opinion of Monique and is not to be interpreted as medical advice.
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A healthy and delicious smoothie filled with strawberries, beets, and ginger!
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 2 tsp fresh ginger
- 2.5 cups cherry juice
- 1/4 inch lemon slice
- 1 cup spinach, optional
- 1/2 cup fresh beets, peeled and roughly chopped
Blend everything together until smooth. Add water to adjust the sweetness and consistency, if desired.
Lemon peel and pith have many health benefits so I like to blend whole slices of lemons in my smoothies. If your blender is not strong enough to blend lemon with the peel attached to it then I would use the juice of 1 or 2 lemons (taste to see how many you want to use).
The color will not be as vibrant if you add spinach. I like to add spinach for nutritional reasons, even though it messes up the color.