Another post about beets? Yes! Another post about beets.
I said I loved them, and I meant it. However, I hardly knew that I was rolling in a circle of beet lovers when I wrote my first few articles on the little red root. Here I was waxing poetic about my love of beets, thinking that I was evangelizing this violet bauble, only to realize I had all along been preaching to the already converted!
After a rather indulgent evening, a friend in my building invited me over for coffee on his patio. After recapping my day, he looks at me and says “Well then, you could probably use some rejuvenation!” It was either my party-worn face or my captivating storytelling that could solicit such a statement – secretly, I’m hoping it was the latter.
A late night smoothie to end all…late night smoothies?
He proceeded to toss frozen beets, blueberries, orange juice and Greek yogurt in his blender and mix me up the perfect cup of “rejuvenation”. And perfect it was, in every way. It was sweet, but with the earthiness that beets naturally provide. But this smoothie isn’t solely for those with a serious love of beets or a killer hangover.
Because this smoothie combo is so antioxidant-rich, it’s great any time of day. Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit. Just half a cup of this wonder fruit a day can help reduce the amount of free radical damage inflicted on our bodies.
And when blueberries are partnered with beets, which contain a high quantity of iron, they serve to cleanse and fortify our blood. It has been said that the cooking process can reduce the nutrient level of beets, so blending raw beets into a smoothie retains all the goodness they are renowned for, on this blog and beyond.
So whether you are nursing a cold, a hangover, or you’re just plain peckish, this beet-blueberry smoothie is just what the doctor ordered!
- ½ red beet
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- 2 tbsp Greek yogurt
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- ¼ cup cold water
In a blender, combine all ingredients until smooth. Drink!