This is now my #1 favourite smoothie!
This smoothie/juice combination gives me lots of energy when I need it and I love the taste! I decided to do a bit of research to find out why my body loves this carrot and beet juice… nature in a glass. Here’s what I found…in a nutshell…
Did you know that people first grew carrots as medicine, not food! Studies have shown that it’s true…eating adding more fresh carrots can improve your vision. Just 1 fresh carrot will provide you with 200% of your daily Vitamin A, 25 calories, 6 grams carbs and 2 grams fibre! The beta-carotine in your deeply orange carrot, with antioxidating properties, prevents lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. Not only that, but it is anti-ageing as well! That amazing beta-carotine also slows the process of ageing, prevents sun damage, dry skin, acne, premature wrinkling, pigmentation, blemishes and uneven skin tones – that’s beauty from the inside out my dear! Studies show that diets high in carotenoids lower the risk of heart disease, prevents stroke and promotes healthy teeth and gums…what more can I say?
Carrots are not only good for you to eat, but are great for the outside of your body too. Carrots, in any form, raw and shredded, boiled and mashed, can be used to prevent infection. Carrots also make a great face mask! Just add a bit of honey (natural exfoliant) to grated carrots. See the full recipe here at Real Food For Life…oh, I could go on forever!
Now that you are impressed with carrots, let’s see how beets compare, shall we? Most people consider beets as an occasional vegetable to add to their dinner plates, but I think I could eat them every day! With only 60 calories and packed full of fibre, beet root makes a great food for weight loss. Drinking beet juice has been shown to naturally lower blood pressure while expanding the blood vessels to allow your body to enjoy more oxygen and nutrients, thus increasing brain function and providing up to 16% more energy. Beets contain immune-boosting vitamin C, potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function), manganese (good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas), B vitamin folate (reduces birth defects) and antioxidants (reduce the wear and tear on the body and repairs the body at a cellular level). The anti-inflammatory properties of the blood-red betalains have shown to reduce chronic inflammation that has been linked to wrinkles, infections, cancer, arthritis, bronchitis, chronic pain, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, heart disease, and candidiasis. Preliminary tests show that beetroot prevents lung and skin cancer while other studies show that beet juice inhibits the formation of cancer-causing compounds. I imagine this is due to the fact that the antioxidants in beets are super detox machines for your body. Unwanted toxins combined with these antioxidant nutrients neutralizes the toxins and make them water-soluble so that they can be eliminated through the urine. This is serious work here boys! Deep cleansing on a cellular level at it’s best! The balatins in beets have been used in certain treatments of depression, and have been shown to relax the mind and create a sense of well-being. Move over chocolate! (maybe just for a minute while I finish my smoothie!)
All that equals better health, longer life and natural beauty. I’m sold!
Goodbye chronic pain, inflammation, painful joints and muscles and fatigue….HELLO WELLNESS!
Now that you are ready to treat your body to a Death Defying UnBEETable Smoothie, don’t be too hasty to throw away your beet root tops…they may be the healthiest part of the plant! Beet greens contain protein, phosphorus, zinc, fiber, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese, as well as significant amount of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron (they have even more iron than spinach!) We keep spinach as part of our regular greens in our family’s gluten-free, dairy-free, dense nutrient lifestyle – check out my Juicing Tip #1 – on more of the blessed goodness of spinach.
The Death Defying UnBEETable Smoothie
5 large carrots, juiced
1 med-large beet root, juiced
2 apples, juiced or filtered water
1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
1 cup mango, fresh or frozen
Juice your beet, carrots, and apples and set aside. Measure the strawberries and mango and place into your blender. Top with beet/carrot/apple juice and blend until smooth. I use my Vitamix Blender with a 2 Litre/8 cup capacity. If you are using a smaller blender, you may have to adjust the recipe to accommodate a smaller volume.
The UnBEETable can serve as a meal with a handful of nuts or hemp seeds. Today I decided to add an extra splash of carrot juice and a big fistful of garden spinach to my UnBEETable.
If you have extra carrot/beet/apple juice you can add a bit of freshly squeezed lemon and place it in a jar (filling it to the top rim with no room for oxygen – if you have extra room, add filtered water until your jar is full to the top). Seal with the lid and refrigerate. Mine usually will last 4-5 days.
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The information provided on my blog is simply a result of my own research and is provided to encourage you to greater health and wellness. It is not intended to treat or diagnose. Please consult a professional if you have any health concerns or questions. The following are the sources I used:http://os.care2.com/all/10-benefits-of-carrots#2,http://os.care2.com/all/8-beet-benefits-aphrodisiac-brain-booster-more#8,mhttp://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/01/25/beets-health-benefits.aspx