Beetberry Smoothie

Rich, red, creamy, and packed with delicious nutrients, this smoothie is a keeper! Beet in a smoothie! Ew! Just kidding, it's actually delicious. If they're roasted or boiled, beets have a very sweet flavor that blends splendidly with whatever berry you have on hand. I like the blueberry combo for the rich fuschia hue...the depth of color just screams that this smoothie abounds with antioxidants and other health-promoting nutrients. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 cup coconut water 1/2 cup blueberries 2 tbs. almonds (preferably soaked over night and de-skinned) 1 little squeeze lemon juice 1/4 pinch sea salt * optional: 1 medjool date

Method:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend to smithereens!

Pour into a glass and enjoy heartily.

Benefits:

Almonds: Almonds are a Supernut. High in monounsaturated fats (associated with reduced risk of heart disease), almonds contain high amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. They are also high in protein, which makes them an ideal snack. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Beet: A great source of phytonutrients called betalains, which provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. They are also an excellent source of folate, which is a crucial nutrient especially for those who are (or are looking to get) pregnant. They are also very high in manganese and fiber. These root veggies contain nutrient compounds that help protect against heart disease, birth defects and certain cancers, especially colon cancer. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information (raw) (cooked).

Blueberries: These berries should get their own cape. They are a superfood, packed with antioxidants that can help prevent cancer, meanwhile protecting your nervous system and brain health. They're rich with manganese, and Vitamins K and C, and are also a good source of dietary fiber. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Coconut Water: Coconut water is perfect for replenishing simple sugars, electrolytes, and minerals within the body. It contains cytokinins with significant anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic properties, and is very soothing to the digestive tract. But there's so much more! See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Lemon: Lemons are vitamin C powerhouses. Great for immunity, vitamin C can also be helpful for preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.