I’ll be the first to tell you, that I’m not a huge fan of beet juice on its own. However, this smoothie is a game changer for me. It is absolutely Divine with a capital D. It’s light and easy to digest, and fuels me up without weighing me down between yoga and climbing. I’ve been excited to share this recipe for a few months, and now that it’s finally warmer weather, here it is! Don’t let the frilly photos and bright colors fool you, this smoothie is a lean fighting machine.
BOOST YOUR WORK OUT ROUTINE | So why is this smoothie so good for an active body? Nitrogen-rich vegetables like beets help increase blood flow to the muscles which speeds up your recovery time and boosts your energy. Studies have even shown that beets paired with spinach helps boost muscle strength. The bananas contain potassium to avoid muscle cramping, the flax provides good fats loaded with heart-healthy omegas, hemp provides a small protein boost, and cinnamon helps the pancreas metabolize the sugar from the beets/fruit. You can add a heaping spoonful of almond butter to mix for extra plant-based protein, if desired. I prefer to use fresh, raw beet juice made at home. But if you’re in a bind, you can buy it from at your local juicery, or your natural food stores that carries cold-pressed juice products.
STRAWBERRY, BEET & CINNAMON SMOOTHIE
1 cup fresh raw beet juice
½ cup hemp milk
1 frozen banana
5-6 frozen strawberries
1 large handful spinach
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp flax oil
pinch Himalayan pink salt
Clean and chop fresh 1-2 large beets. Using your juicer first, process the beets through the machine to separate the juice and pulp. Pour 1 cup of the beet juice into your high-speed blender. Combine remaining ingredients and blend until creamy. Transfer to a large glass or bowl to enjoy your smoothie with straw or a spoon. Top with cacao nibs, bee pollen and fresh berries for added texture + nutrition.