Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Anti-Aging Beet and Blueberry Smoothie

WOW, this smoothie is loaded with super anti-oxidants!  Containing beets, blueberries and watermelon, this power-combo may just become one of your favourite beauty elixirs.
Beets are chocker-block full of betaine, which helps to protect your cells from environmental stress (which contributes to the aging process). The vibrant crimson color indicates powerful phyto-nutrients (which are proven cancer-fighters). Beets also purify the blood, so they are great for detoxing and they even boost your immune system!
Blueberries are high in anti-oxidants, which are vital for the nervous system and brain health - they can improve your memory! They have a low glycemic index, so they are a great fruit option for blood sugar regulation.
Like tomatoes, watermelon is high in lycopene (a phytonutrient), which is great for cardiovascular health as well as vitamin C.
Coconut water is a great addition to any smoothie. It replaces electrolytes which are lost during dehydration. Overnight our bodies lose hydration  - think about it - on an average of 8 hours without water our cells are aching for re-hydration so that our finely tuned machine can fire on all cylinders. And first thing in the morning is the best time to down at least half a litre of water - before eating. I add a cup to my smoothies to help in the blending process, plus I get the benefit of all natural electrolytes (none of that Gatorade stuff for this body). Coconut water is the best electrolyte drink for exercise - no added sugar, artificial colors or flavouring.
This super food smoothie is so delicious - the bright color is enough to make you want to gulp it down and its isn't overly sweet (great to stave off sugar cravings)...
Anti-Aging Beet And Blueberry Smoothie
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup diced raw red beets
  • 1 cup diced watermelon
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves
  • optional: 1 teaspoon chia seeds
Place all ingredients but the chia seeds in a blender. Blend until smooth. Stir in chia seeds, if desired. Makes 2 servings.

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