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Beet Smoothie

img_1082Beets. You can’t beet ‘em. Beet jokes can go on for days. One thing that’s not a joke: the nutritional benefits of beets. First, beetroots are high in folic acid, fiber, manganese, and potassium. Beet leaves, which are also edible, contain calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C. Eating beets stimulates the liver, which aids in detoxification.

Second, beets have recently gotten a big hype for their positive effects on athletic performance. One of our friends turned Ryan on to this idea a couple of years ago and we did some further research to prove this. Essentially, the nitrates in beets cause blood vessels to dilate and reduce the amount of oxygen required by muscles during exercise. Thus, the longer and harder you can exert yourself on the bike (run, swim, etc.). Since this discovery, Ryan has been trying to fit beets into his diet anyway that he can, including eating them raw like an apple. Once he started eating them on a regular basis, I decided to come up with a recipe that incorporated beets in a way that we could all enjoy. If you know me well enough, you won’t be surprised that our favorite way to enjoy beets is in a smoothie. A beet in a smoothie you say? Yes! Turn up the beet on your blender and give it a whirl!

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Recipe {serves 2}

1 large beet

2 beet leaves, or whatever was attached to the root

1 large apple

Juice of four limes

2 tablespoons chia seeds

2 cups water

Ice

Blend in a high speed blender and enjoy!

Use this recipe as a guide. If you want it sweeter, add another apple. More tart, more limes. If you like the natural taste of beets, blend alone! Also, don’t be afraid to add more water. Depending on how big the beet is, sometimes the smoothie becomes a bit too pulpy (yes, that’s actually a word).

3 thoughts on “Beet Smoothie

  1. Made this beet smoothie after a 7.5 mile walk/run in beautiful Sabino Canyon. My Bullet thought the beet was a little to hard to blend but it turned out well. A bit pulpy and a flavor you definitely need to become accustom to, but all in all as I get through the 16 ounces, I am liking it more and more. Next I will make the pumpkin oat pancakes 🙂 Thanks Lauren!!!!

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