While growing up, my mom always told me that eating beets would make my cheeks rosy. I would eat a bunch of beets and my mom would remark how rosy my cheeks looked! I would then run to the mirror, only to find that my cheeks looked pretty much the same to me, but I always pretended to believe it. Overall, it didn’t matter because I really liked beets anyway.
Fast forward many years later…and I learned that my mom wasn’t too far off from beets giving me rosy cheeks either! Beets have so many benefits! They purifying the blood, cleanse the liver, lower blood pressure and improve blood flow and deliver oxygen to areas of your body that need it. Tada! They possibly could help to make rosier cheeks! In addition to all of that, they help to boost your energy, replenish iron, are rich in anti-oxidants that help to fight cancer and reduce inflammation and contain betaine and trytophan, which helps fight depression and relaxes that mind.
Today’s smoothie not only features beets, but it also has a hint of chocolate as is found in red velvet cake. We got the recipe from rootandrevel.com and it was so smooth and delicious, we wanted to share it with you.
VELVET GREEN SMOOTHIE WITH BEETS
- 1 large beet, quartered and peeled
- 1 banana, frozen (room temp is fine if you don’t have one pre-frozen)
- 3 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- 2 cups spinach leaves
- Optional: Add 1-3 dates or one tablespoon or maple syrup depending on your preferred level of sweetness
Add beets, dates, spinach and milk first and blend to a smooth consistency. Then add the banana and cacao powder and blend again.
Makes 2 servings.
Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Katelyn Guerrero