Beet-Orange-Strawberry Sunrise

Beet, strawberry, banana, orange. I never thought a beet smoothie could taste so delicious. I was looking for a way to use up all my beets and accidentally came upon this combination. It’s a great way to mix vegetables and fruits while still tasting good, and it’s extremely filling and cleansing. Sometimes it’s difficult to find the right vegetable-fruit combinations in smoothies. I typically use greens, spinach or kale, with fruit, but beets, carrots, yams, sweet potato, pumpkin, and squash, work well long as the combination fits. Certain vegetables will overpower the smoothie with an awkward taste and throw the texture off, if you add too much. A few florets of frozen broccoli, cauliflower, some green beans, a stalk of celery, a fourth of a cucumber, etc, are okay, but use them in small amounts and be sure to use binding elements in the smoothie to help these high fiber veggies to blend right and not be clumpy, stringy, or over watery.

The best way to get your bowls creamier is to add binding like elements; frozen bananas, mango, pineapple, papaya, avocado, sweet potato, pumpkin, squash, cashews (soaked in water overnight), oats, coconut cream or meat, dates, and I’ve even used brown rice and black/red beans on occasion. Berries, apples, citrus, pears, greens, etc., are a good base, but if you don’t add some of the above foods then it will be tough to get it to that creamy smoothie like texture. I like using a frozen banana in most of my bowls, but also like to add some avocado, dates, oats, and/or cashews to thicken it up.

Beets are worth talking about, and worth adding in to your diet. They help to lower blood pressure, support detoxification, are great for purifying the blood and liver, boost stamina, and are anti-inflammatory/anti-cancerous. Eating them raw, through grating or juicing, is a potent way to get their nutrients and enzymes intact, but they are also good steamed or roasted. I like to blend them with my fruit smoothies as they are sweet, and have one of the highest sugar content of all the vegetables (formerly used a a sugar source apart from sugar cane). Beets contain betaine, a nutrient that protects the cells from environmental stress and free radicals. They are a rich source of phytonutrients (cancer protectant), Vitamin C, potassium, manganese, fiber, and Folate, making them beneficial for nerve and muscle function, bone, liver, kidney, and pancreas health, and prevent birth defects. Make sure to consume the beet greens too.

Beet-Orange-Strawberry Sunrise

Beet-Orange-Strawberry Sunrise

Yields: 1-2 smoothies

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 small beet
  • 2 handfuls frozen strawberries (6-8)
  • 1 orange
  • optional; a few slices of fresh ginger
  • optional; 1/4 cup coconut water

Blend all ingredients. The orange will release liquid for blending, but it you need more add the coconut water.

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