When life gets tough..."BEET it up"! with a Beet Smoothie!
That’s right ! Among other things, Beets have been proven to help your mental health. Beets contain betaine, the same substance that is used in certain treatments of depression. They also contain tryptophan, which relaxes the mind and creates a sense of well-being. So if life has you a little stressed out.."BEET it up"! You can whip up this beet smoothie in under 5 min. and start feeling the goodness right away.
If you haven’t jumped on the beet bandwagon yet..this is a great place to start. The combination of strawberries, medjool dates, coconut and coconut water with a touch of vanilla soften the earthy taste of beets and make this smoothie perfect for any time of the day.
For the base of this smoothie I'm using coconut water. I’m a big fan of coconut water! It’s rich in nutrients, and contains five essential electrolytes ( calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and sodium) which helps make it the ultimate thirst quencher and a tasty alternative to water. It's also a good alternative to sports drinks. In fact, the potassium content in coconut water is almost twice the amount in a banana. Balancing electrolytes is important for the optimal health of muscular, cardiovascular, nervous, and immune systems.
If all of that scientific and health related data above is making your head spin , here’s the cliff note version:
Beets- make you happy
Coconut water- keeps you hydrated
BEET it up! Smoothie- is delicious!
Give it a try!
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"BEET it up!" - Beet Smoothie
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 medium beet peeled and cut into pieces
- 6 strawberries
- 3 medjool dates
- 2 Tablespoons coconut shredded or flaked
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ice cubes optional
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with additional coconut flakes if desired.
- Sip! Slurp! Enjoy!...repeat.