Red Ruby Beet and Berry Smoothie
Beets are an often overlooked vegetable these days. Millennials turn up their noses at them regularly and many picture the kind you get in a can that your grandparents would eat (not the most appetizing visual am I right?). These beautiful rosy, vibrant red root vegetables pack a nutritional punch. And when used correctly, can be extremely delicious!
With loads of nutrients packed into very little calories, they are an antioxidant powerhouse and are nicknamed "natures multivitamin" for a reason. Beets have also been shown to improve brain health, digestive health and reduce inflammation in the body.
Beets & Pregnancy
If you are pregnant, like I am, these are a must have food to add to your weekly shopping list. Beets can help improve blood flow therefore they can also keep blood pressure in check. When you are pregnant, you have nearly 50% increase in blood flow in the body. Adding beets to your diet can help this increased blood flow more easily to both you, and baby.
Beets are also packed with potassium and magnesium, which can fend off bothersome leg cramps many pregnant women suffer from in their second and third trimesters - myself included. Of course, these benefits also apply to non-pregnant women and men as well.
I use organic fruit whenever possible, you can also substitute frozen for fresh fruit/veggies if available. Remember to wash all your ingredients before using.
- Add all ingredients to your blender, fresh fruit first (this allows your blenders blade to work easier). If using frozen fruit and vegetables, let rest 10 - 15 minutes with the lid on the blender before blending. This will bring out more flavor from your berries and let your blender work easier.
- Blend and enjoy!