The Health Benefits of Beets in a Delicious Smoothie

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 10:10 AM Dylan Falduto
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I believe that the start of the day and the end of a workout are the fundamental times to fuel the body with quality energy. Accordingly, I have striven to find a food source that will provide this energy in the most digestible and, ideally, enjoyable manner possible. After a series of experimentation, I have hit my mark with a simple recipe that’s as detoxifying as it is delicious.

healthy_benefits_of_beets_and_a_delicious_recipe_picBeets are one of the most nutrient-dense foods available, and until recently, I admittedly could not have told you the last time I had eaten one. Inspired by a Rich Roll interview I watched where the triathlete was touting beets’ many health benefits, I began researching a bit and quickly found out more about all that I had been missing. Beets are packed full of phytonutrients, naturally occurring chemicals that protect the life and longevity of plants, and not surprisingly offer humans these same benefits—including natural detoxification, improved digestion, anti-inflammation, and a steady supply of antioxidants—all thanks to the vegetable’s rich source of the phytonutrient betalain[1]. What’s more, beets have been scientifically proven to boost the libido, as they contain high amounts of boron, a trace element directly related to the production of sex hormones[2].

It didn’t take long before I headed to my local farmers’ market, grabbed a bundle of beets, and went straight for the blender. I was instantly pleased with the rich taste of the colorful veggie, and quickly found it to be a great pairing with carrot. Ever the cinnamon fiend, I added in a dash of the good stuff, and blended it all with ice. The result is a surprisingly sweet smoothie that contains no added sugar, and is comprised entirely of raw vegetables!

delicious_smoothie_recipe_beets_and_carrots_imageTo boost the nutritional value further, I added in two of my favorite Sunwarrior products: Sunwarrior Classic Protein and Ormus Greens—adding sixteen grams of high quality protein, along with a host of probiotics and additional phytonutrients to ensure the smooth digestion of this holistic cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium-sized beet
  • 1 medium or large-sized carrot
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon Sunwarrior Ormus Greens
  • 1 scoop Sunwarrior Classic chocolate protein
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup water

Directions: Thoroughly wash the beet and carrot. Depending on the output of your blender, you may need to chop the vegetables down into smaller pieces. Place complete beet, stems and greens included, into blender along with the rest of the ingredients. Blend for thirty seconds and enjoy immediately!

[1] “Beets.” Worlds Healthiest Foods. whfoods.com. whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=49. Web. Accessed Oct 7 2013.

[2] Dumas, Kiley. “6 Health Benefits of Eating Beets.” Full Circle. fullcircle.com/goodfoodlife/2012/05/10/6-health-benefits-of-eating-beets/Web. Accessed Oct 7 2013.

Dylan Falduto

About Dylan Falduto

Dylan Falduto is a culture columnist who earned his bachelor of English from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. While competing as a professional mixed martial artist, Dylan began researching the benefits of plant-based nutrition and devoted himself to a vegan lifestyle in 2011. He is the founder of Street Narrative— an online culture column profiling individuals at the forefront of social issues, music, visual art, and extreme sports. Dylan lives in Chicago, IL, where he instructs special education middle school students, and performs in the punk rock band, Los Moruchos.

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8 Responses to “The Health Benefits of Beets in a Delicious Smoothie”

  1. Lori says:

    I realized there was power in those little buggers when my husband and I over indulged in some roasted beets one night and were up all night having to pee !!!
    I put a tiny beet or about 1/2 a normal beet in my NutriBullet almost every morning. I can’t over state how awesome the NutriBullet is for smoothies, it’s not thick like in a blender, that I can’t tolerate. ( No, I don’t work for NutriBullet!)

  2. Donna Pugh says:

    I am on fb. Your site is very informative and a nice presentation. Looking forward to receiving your superfood smoothies book. I love juicing. Right now, I am fighting breast cancer again, for the second time in 4 yrs. So, I need all the help that I can get. Thanks…Donna Pugh

  3. Linda says:

    May I add the reason we use beets every day…besides the reasons you list. Betalains! Beets are nearly as anti inflammatory as ginger and tumeric! W/out my beets every day, we really notice the dif in muscular and skeletal “NO PAIN…” And while I think Sun Warrior is great for our smoothies, we always JUICE our beets w/carrots and an apple and ginger to extract the nutrients…and use our blended smoothies to enhance, give protein and fiber. 38 years now of whole/clean/foods and YES, it is the fountain of youth! CHEERS! P.S….the bottom of the beet, since the skin is so leathery, holds onto particles of dirt, even if you wash..so we peel, a few layers up! THANKS!

    • Bombshell says:

      I totally agree with juicing and now I will do it as a smoothie! I have been looking for the perfect smoothie! Thanks for that info!

  4. Ethan says:

    This sounds great. Can I use this as a pre-morning long run? Will it sustain the carb to energy level I need to complete 12 miles?

    • Ethan,

      I believe that this drink would be great for your needs, but that you may want to bolster the caloric/glucose of the smoothie slightly for that distance– I often add banana to this smoothie if I want a bigger serving’ you can also add almond milk, flaxseed, and leafy greens like kale and spinach for added nutrition and calories (very accessible and easy digesting calories, too). Hope that helps!

  5. Elle says:

    I love beets but have never eaten them raw. Will be trying this for sure! Thanks.

    • Rick says:

      A good way to eat beets raw is to use a vegetable peeler or vegetable mandolin slicer and quickly slice up thin slices that can be mixed into a salad. Although raw beets are hard, when thinly sliced they are very easy to eat.


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