The Pink Smoothie Revolution & why you should swap Beetroot for Kale

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Do you ever buy a huge bunch of kale with the intention of making delicious green smoothies every day?… But then you don’t…. because stuff happens. Things come up. You might have a work breakfast scheduled. It’s too cold, so you make porridge instead and before you know it, it’s the weekend and it’s brekky at your local digs with the gang. Either way, if you’re anything like me, your kale ends up going to waste. It goes limp and yellow and is no good for anything, not even a soup. And it’s a shame because the day you discover it wilted and lacklustre is the day you want that green smoothie, right? Alternatively, perhaps it’s just not available where you live?

Either way, I’ve got the perfect solution. It’s called the Pink Smoothie Revolution and it’s about simply swapping that short-fridge-life kale for long-fridge-life, super, superfood beetroot. Yes, beetroot, there’s nothing faddy about it. It’s so good for you and unlike kale, it’s been around forever.

Health benefits of Beetroot

Because of it’s vibrant purple-red colour, beetroot is rich in quality nutrients…

  • Beetroot is a great source of antioxidants, which are vital for fighting free-radicals and looking after our cells.
  • Beetroot contains vitamins C, which helps us ward off colds and other viruses.
  • Beetroot contains B vitamins including folate, which is vital for healthy foetal growth and the prevention of some birth defects.
  • Beetroot is a source of potassium and fibre.
  • The nutrients in beetroots has been shown to provide anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support too.

Storage – they keep for ages!

These dense and juicy root vegetables last for ages in your fridge. Sealed in a plastic bag or container, they stay firm until they’re used and what’s more, they take up so much less room than a huge bunch of leafy greens, which while good for us, aren’t quite as nutrient rich either.

So here it is – my Pink Smoothie, which is pretty damn good. It’s similar to my Daily Greens Smoothie, however it also includes cinnamon, which works perfectly to provide subtle flavour all the while masking the earthiness of the beetroot.

Lastly, however, I also recommend storing your celery wisely so that it too, lasts for ages when refrigerated. The key is to remove the leaves, and keep the stalks in a sealed plastic bag or container in your refrigerator and while we’re on the topic of storage, if you bananas are starting to look brown, just peel and freeze them first. This will ensure you always have a supply at the ready!

Enjoy !

 

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Makes: approx 700ml

 

Tools

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 30g raw beetroot
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup water

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Method

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blitz until perfectly smooth.
  2. Pour and serve or store for later.

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Storage

While best consumed fresh, this smoothie will keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.

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Sources

  • http://www.sanitarium.com.au/health-and-wellbeing/superfood-beetroot
  • http://www.organicfood.com.au/content_common/pg-beetroot-information.seo
  • http://health.ninemsn.com.au/pregnancy/exerciseandnutrition/691113/why-is-folate-so-important

 

 

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