Just Beet It!

I am a huge fan of trying new things in the great big world of nutrition. I feel very seldom do people walk through grocery stores recognizing all of the fresh produce, instead they remain faithful to their usual suspects. I think that everyone should detour from their grocery list every now and then to experience something they have never experienced before. Who knows, it may become a favorite (at least, that is my story with Beets)!
One day, I was in Whole Foods and I wanted a fresh juice from the juice bar. This particular day, I was feeling adventurous, so I decided against my normal "Ginger Zinger" and ordered the "Just Beet It" juice. First sip of this juice and I was pleasantly surprised! What had I been missing out on? It appeared like a whole lot! :-) I carried on my day with a boost of energy and I knew that it could only be attributed to the beets. Below, I have included just some of the health benefits, as well as a beet green smoothie recipe that I made at home.

Benefits of Beets & its leaves:
  • known to fight symptoms of depression - contains Betaine
  • high in fiber, folic acid (great for pregnant women), potassium, vitamin C
  • rich in antioxidants & naturally reduces inflammation
  • reported fighter of cancer and high blood pressure
  • purifies blood, detoxifies the liver & cleans colon
  • aphrodisiac - dubbed "natures viagra"

Beet Green Smoothie Recipe: 
  • 1 beet 
  • 1 navel orange
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of pineapples (I used crushed pineapples, as seen in the picture)
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1 tbs ground flaxseed
  • water & ice
What are your thoughts on beets? Feel free to share your juice or smoothie recipes. And remember, don't knock it before you try it!