After a long holiday weekend, some of you may be wanting to cleanse your liver and your mind. Or maybe, you just want a good summer smoothie that will help add some nutrients to your body and cleanse away any toxins. This recipe will do just that and it was born through a weird craving I had while grocery shopping yesterday.
You know you are in tune with your body when you go walking through the store and crave beets. Who craves beets? I was next in line to check out of the grocery store and all I could think about was eating some beets. So I wandered back over to the vegetables and grabbed some red beets. Since beets are packed with potassium, calcium, iron, betaine, b vitamins and antioxidants and improve liver functioning by thinning the bile and helping the liver to maintain optimum health, I could only guess that my body was feeling a little run down and in need of a quick cleanse. Many people think that cleansing means drinking horribly tasting liquids or juicing for umpteen days. Actually, you can give your body a quick cleanse by eating the right foods, such as beets.
On the way home I wondered how I could have beets in my smoothie. Beets are traditionally a little bit earthy tasting so to make raw beets taste somewhat good, you need to pair it with something sweet. Since I've been avoiding eating sweet foods (at least not as many sweet foods), I was struggling with what to put into my smoothie. And then it hit me, strawberries! Thus, my smoothie was born.
A word of caution, peel the beet and slice it into little small pieces. This will help keep your blender around a bit longer!
Wholehealthgirl Beet Cleansing Smoothie
1 beet, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 frozen banana (you can use unfrozen if you don't have one frozen, just add a little more ice)
handful or two of spinach
protein powder of your choice
1 tsp stevia
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup organic soy milk