This week I did something new for the very first time, and I can’t wait to share it with you! Are you ready? I put a RAW BEET in my smoothie! It was the most gorgeous color, it was delicious and filling, and it made me feel fantastic! Personally, I eat beets whenever I can because they are grounding and supportive to the root chakra. Beets also reduce resting blood pressure, are full of vitamin C, and are even a natural aphrodisiac! Woah! Now, I could write about the amazing qualities of beets all day, but my favorite author Tom Robbins already has the beet covered. (Read Jitterbug Perfume). Today, my friends, let’s talk smoothies.
If you don’t yet have much experience with smoothies, now is the PERFECT time to start! As we are heading into spring, you might find your body craving cleaner and lighter foods. Helllllllo fruits and vegetables!! It’s time to get out the blender, or invest in one if you haven’t yet! Don't worry, seasonal ingredients make smoothies are great for the winter, too - so you can use that blender year round.
Why should you drink smoothies? First of all, you will get some extra veggies in your diet that you might not have eaten otherwise. In fact, just imagine the produce you can add to your shopping cart if you plan to drink one smoothie a day! Most people don’t get enough vegetables in their diet, and smoothies help. Digestion is easier, too, since the raw food is already processed for you. A smoothie doesn’t take long to make, and when eaten as a snack, you might be replacing some processed food like a granola bar or crackers. Way to go, you! A smoothie makes a great breakfast, especially in the warmer months. You can make it more filling by adding some hemp protein, chia seeds, hemp seeds, coconut oil, or avocado! Time to upgrade from your cereal with milk to a plant based, real foods option…no fake food dyes, hormones, or added sugars!
Smoothies are a great way to sneak in more leafy greens ( kale, spinach, swiss chard, dandelion greens, collards, etc,) that have a wide variety of health benefits. Pretty much EVERYONE, even you, could benefit from incorporating more leafy greens into their diet. They are alkalinizing to your system, are seriously nutrient dense, and promote healthy gut bacteria. SO - Blend up that kale!!
One of my favorite things about smoothies is that they are a great way to incorporate more superfoods into your diet. Some examples of things you can add are maca powder, raw cacao, spirulina, chlorella, ginger, turmeric, chia seeds, hemp seeds, sky’s the limit!
Berry Nut Chocolate Smoothie
Have fun and experiment! You can always blend it up, taste it, and then add more of whatever you think it needs. Add hemp / chia / protien powder / bee pollen to any and all of the above recipes!!
What are your favorite or go-to smoothies to make? What are some favorite ingredients to use? I'd love to hear from you! Happy Blending!