Do you like beets? Well, you should! Sure, peeling them will leave your hands and kitchen utensils pink for days, but they're so delicious! And nutritious. Beets are high in numerous vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, including Vitamins A, B, and C, potassium, iron, fiber, magnesium, beta-carotene, and folic acid. The beet's beautiful crimson color comes from phytonutrients that support your body's detoxification processes and help ward off cancer. Beets also contain a nutrient called betaine, which combats inflammation in the body and can help lower your chances of developing heart disease and liver disease. And now for the best benefits: beets boost stamina, both in the gym and in the bedroom.
Most of us have had a beet salad or two while dining out. I often order the beet salad appetizer because it means I get to eat a lot of goat cheese and congratulate myself for eating healthy. But beets are so versatile and there's a dozen more things you can do with them. Try massaging beets with olive oil, salt & pepper, wrap them in foil, and roast in the oven until tender. Or peel and dice them finely, mix with fresh herbs, and have a lovely raw salad. You can also try making beet noodles with a spiralizer or slicing thinly on a mandoline for beet chips.
And I highly recommend you try beets my new favorite way: in a smoothie. In fact, beets are the perfect vegetable to add to a smoothie. First, beets are sweet. Unlike kale or other green vegetables, beets add a natural sweetness to your smoothie, making it unnecessary to add any sugar or sweetener. Second, beets lend the smoothie a stunning deep pink color. You'll definitely want to Snapchat or Instagram your beautiful beet smoothie.
You could pour this smoothie into a tall glass or stout mason jar, but I prefer to make a smoothie bowl, which is slightly thicker than a regular smoothie and tends to be more satiating.
Beet Smoothie Bowl
Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free
- 1 small raw beet, chopped
- 3/4 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 small frozen banana
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 TBSP Acai powder
- 1 tsp Maca powder
- 1 TBSP flaxseed
- 1 TBSP almond butter
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- Toppings: fresh berries, shredded coconut, hemp seeds, chia seeds, bee pollen, nuts, etc.
- Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender until smooth.
- Pour into a bowl and decorate with desired toppings.