Beets are disgusting! There I said it. I dissed one of the healthiest foods in the world. It is unfortunate that I don’t like beets because they are a great source of belatains. Instead of just name dropping a nutrient, let me tell you what it is good for.
Belatains are known for their anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties, and in some studies were even found to reduce the size of tumors. Long story short, they are VERY good for you. Luckily I have found a way to enjoy beets and it is in a way that preserves the nutrients the best! Juice!
Nine months ago I invested in something I didn’t think I would ever buy; scratch that… I had never thought of buying. Then a juice bar opened near me, I tried it once, and I was hooked. The problem was it was expensive as hell to buy a fresh juice everyday. Don’t get me wrong, it can still be pricey to juice veggies at home, but way less so than buying it from the local juice shop.
So here is beet favorite juice recipe:
- 1 large beet
- 2 peeled and cut oranges
- 2 sliced pears
- 3 carrots
- half a coconut (or coconut H2O)
This is enough for about three people. Or, save it in the fridge for up to three days!
This smoothie is pretty straight forward, minimal clean up and a hit with the kids. Unfortunately, there are zero vegetables in this one. Though my usual purpose of smoothies is to sneak something green into my kids’ diets, this one is still packed with vitamin C and is especially good for an immune kick!
- 2 peeled and sliced oranges
- 1 cup of strawberries
- 1/2 cup of coconut H2O
- 2 tsp of honey
*For nursing mothers, add 1-2 tbsp of flax/brewer’s yeast mix, any more than that will have it tasting too yeasty!
P.S. You don’t have to be a nursing mother to use this nutrient-packed miracle powder. In fact, I use it in my kids smoothies to add that extra vitamin boost!
This has become a kid-favorite in my house and a great way for me to sneak in some greens. I don’t know about your kids, but my daughter picks around every shade of green on her plate. Try this PB&J in a cup. It’s a healthy snack for everyone!
1/2 cup fresh spinach
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 generous tablespoon of peanut butter
1 teaspoon of raw honey
1/2 cup your choice of nut milk (1 cup depending on how thick you like your smoothies!)
Blend until all ingredient are mixed well. Drink, enjoy, repeat!
- For nursing mother, you can a teaspoon of ground flax and brewers yeast, and have a cup of oats to help promote milk production.