Want to support your athletic performance? Add a berry beet smoothie to your pre-workout routine. Studies show that beets are packed with nutrients that combine well with aerobic activity as well as strength and endurance exercise.
Plus, beets are full of good-for-you vitamins and minerals. With a beautiful deep red-purple hue, this superfood has free radical neutralizers and contains immune-supportive properties. Free radical neutralizers help maintain healthy cells and promote heart health. Adding more beets to your diet can help your body fight excessive free radicals that lead to damage in cells.
How to Add the Power of Beets to Your Smoothie
Beets can be quite versatile, but some people may find it difficult to consistently include this root vegetable in their diet. Cue holistic nutritionist celebrity health coach Kelly LeVeque's berry beet smoothie recipe.
LeVeque's recipe uses her signature Fab Four™ formula to balance blood sugar. "A Fab Four™ recipe is made up of four important components: protein, fat, fiber, and greens." LeVeque explains that this combination can help stave off food cravings, promote increased energy, and reduce brain fog that often comes with erratic blood sugar levels.
"Protein supports blood sugar balance, decreases hunger hormones and cravings, and improves mood and energy," LeVeque says. She explains that adding fat and fiber can slow the absorption of nutrients, such as glucose, to help prevent blood sugar spikes. Next, LeVeque recommends adding vitamins and minerals to your smoothie by throwing in some greens. "Green vegetables contain magnesium, which increases insulin sensitivity and helps regulate blood sugar."
For an easy way to reap many of the benefits of the powerful properties of beets, add a beet root powder to your smoothie. Combine it with a protein powder and other key healthy ingredients to energize your pre-workout routine.
In this recipe, LeVeque recommends flaxseeds, which are rich in fiber and healthy omega-3 fats. She also adds berries and spinach, which are low in calories, but high in vitamins and minerals while offering additional antioxidant benefits.
Whether you're looking to improve your performance in sports or simply want a delicious, healthy breakfast, LeVeque's berry beet smoothie is a tasty and healthy option to try.
Gather Your Ingredients
- 1 tsp NOW® Sports Beet Root Powder
- Handful, spinach
- ½ cup strawberries or blackberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 serving NOW® Sports Grass-Fed Whey Protein, Creamy Vanilla Powder
- 2 tbsp NOW Real Food® Organic Cashews or NOW Real Food® Organic Walnuts
- 1 tbsp NOW Real Food® Organic Flax Seeds
- 1 cup flax milk or coconut milk
Prepare Your Berry Beet Smoothie
1. Add all ingredients to a blender
2. Blend on high for 45 to 60 seconds
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