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Superfood Beet - the ultimate detoxifier

Beetroot - The Ultimate Detoxifier

The word detox, often instills a sense of fear and deprivation in the best of us, but the good news is, in order to restore the balance in our bodies after the silly season we don’t have to concentrate purely on eliminating foods from our diet.

Instead, start focusing on adding foods into your diet that do all the hard work for you. That sounds achievable, right?

Raw beetroot (not the canned junk) is a brilliant liver cleanser, regenerating the cells of the immune system, improving circulation, purifying the blood and alkalising the entire body.

Some of it’s other health benefits include:

●     Improved athletic performance: Studies show that consuming beetroot juice improves muscle oxygenation during exercise, improving athletic performance and endurance.
●     Cancer fighter: Beets have anti-carcinogenic properties due to betacyanin, the pigment responsible for their rich red colour.
●     Good for expectant mummas: Beets are full of folate, which is vital for pregnant women as it reduces the risk of spina bifida in the unborn child.
●     Controls cholesterol levels: Beets are rich in antioxidants that may reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol in your system. Reduced LDL levels decreas the risk of heart attack and stroke.
●     Plus… Beets are also full of bioavailable vitamin C, magnesium, manganese and potassium.

While there is nothing quite as delicious as a roasted beet, in order to absorb the full spectrum of this red hued veg’s health benefits you need to be consuming it raw.

By consuming it in liquid form via a juice or smoothie, our bodies are able to absorb the nutrients more easily.

Throwing raw beetroots in with antioxidant rich raspberries, magnesium rich cacao, potassium rich banana and hydrating coconut water makes this smoothie the ultimate pre or post workout drink.

Beetroot, Raspberry & Cacao Smoothie
Makes 2 serves

●     1 cup coconut milk or almond milk
●     1 cup coconut water
●     1 medium beetroot, washed and grated
●     1 cup frozen raspberries
●     ½ frozen banana
●     1 tablespoon cacao powder

1.    Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
2.    Pour into your favourite glass jar and enjoy!

Words by Jordanna Levin.
You can find more delicious recipes like this one on Jordanna's blog The Inspired Table


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