Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Red Beet Smoothie

Beets are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. Betanin and vulgaxanthin are the two best-studied betalains from beets, and both have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. The detox support provided by betalains includes support of some especially important Phase 2 detox steps involving glutathione. Although you can see these betalain pigments in other foods (like the stems of chard or rhubarb), the concentration of betalains in the peel and flesh of beets gives you an unexpectedly great opportunity for these health benefits. 

  • 2 medium beets chopped
  • 1 handful strawberries  fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 handful spinach leaves
  • 1 banana
  • 1 piece of fresh ginger
  • 3 cups rice, oat or almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp linseed or hemp oil

Put all ingredients into a blender and process until nicely smooth. Pour the smoothie into chilled glasses. Enjoy in good company!

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