The powerful purple colour of this smoothie is first thanks to beetroot and blueberries, but more specifically, to betalains and anthocyanins – the phytochemicals that give these plants their incredible purple/blue hue.
- 1.25 cups water or cold herbal tea
- ½ small beetroot washed and roughly chopped
- ½ frozen banana
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- ¼ whole lemon
- 1 tsp turmeric or 1 (3cm chunk) of each turmeric and ginger
When it comes to fuel for your body you can’t beat beets in their raw form! They’re a nutrient powerhouse loaded with fibre, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, folate and manganese. Consuming beetroots regularly has been linked to lower blood pressure, improved muscle performance for athletes, liver support, anti-cancer properties and aiding dementia risk.
Add more beets to your diet to take advantage of all their amazing health benefits, just don’t forget when you pop to the loo! About 10-15% of people will notice a pinkish tinge.
Visit Kate Levins’ website, Nourishing Club, to find more wholefoods recipes with a holistic approach.