Can't beet it: Cranberry Beet Smoothie
Beets are an inexpensive super food. They have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support.
Beets greens can be argued as one of the healthiest part of the beet. These greens contain important nutrients like protein, phosphorus, zinc, and fiber. They also supply a significant amount of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. They even have more iron than spinach.
Cranberries are full of antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, vitamin E, copper, and manganese. The slightly tart flavor they provide to help balance the earthy flavor of the beets.
Now what would be a smoothie without the perfect way to drink up its precious nutrients?
1 small-medium beet, washed with top and bottom cut off
1/2 cup of the beet greens cut off from the beet, washed
1 cup frozen or fresh cranberries
1/2 cup frozen peaches
2 inches cucumber, diced
juice and zest of 1 lime
3/4 cup water + more as needed
Optional Add Ins
1 small banana peeled if you need more sweetness
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries to boost up the antioxidant content
Add all of the ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
Add more water as needed for desired consistency.
If you don't have a high speed blender add the beet, greens, and water to the blender first and blend until chopped.
Then add the additional ingredients and puree until smooth.
Serve immediately or up to 3 days covered tightly in the fridge.
credits to The Organic Dietitian