Green smoothies have become increasingly popular over the past few years, but does their green color really matter when it comes to packing in the nutrients? No matter the shade, drinking a freshly blended or squeezed smoothie is an efficient and simple way to eat your fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are high in potassium, packed with vitamins and minerals, and with their healthy fiber content, can help keep you full for long periods of time. The health and nutrition world have latched on to the juice and smoothie craze and have discovered dozens of different powders, proteins, flavors, and superfoods that can improve our eating routine and overall well-being.
Even though a green smoothie seems like the healthiest option, there are plenty of nutrient dense recipes that do not involve spinach or kale. Creating a delicious smoothie gives us the freedom to explore different ingredients and play with a spectrum of flavors so healthy eating does not become monotonous. This “Pink Power Smoothie” packs in the nutrients and helps you feel energized for the day. This recipe has a variety of fruits and vegetables that have incredible health benefits.
1 beet, medium size
½ avocado, pitted
1 lemon, juiced
1 cup strawberries (I use frozen)
½ cup raspberries (I use frozen)
1 tbs coconut oil
1 cup of water
3-4 ice cubes (optional)
Cut and wash the beet to ensure dirt is removed. Dice the beet so it is easy to blend. Peel and pit the avocado. Blend all of the ingredients above in a high speed blender until smooth and a bright pink color. Enjoy!
Lemon – high levels of vitamin C, digestion and immune support, alkalizes blood
Strawberries – high levels of vitamin C, boost immune system
Beets – liver detoxification
Avocado – contains healthy fats that are good for the heart, helps lower blood pressure
Raspberries – great source of vitamin C and fiber
Coconut oil – increases good cholesterol and has antiviral antibacterial properties