Beet the Toxins Smoothie
Beets are becoming the new favorite food among those aspiring to make a lifestyle change and incorporate healthy, nutritious foods into their daily diet. Besides the essential vitamins and minerals, there are several excellent reasons for their growing popularity.
Top (10) reasons to consider adding beets to your healthy lifestyle:
• No trans or saturated fat.
• High in carbohydrates; making them an instant energy source.
• Natural sweetening agent and energy source; rather than processed foods which spike insulin levels.
• Low in calories; a healthy source to satisfy hunger.
• Contain folic acid; necessary for production and maintenance of new cell growth.
• Natural nutrients; eliminates taking additional supplements (i.e. folic acid).
• Guards against cancer; especially colon cancer.
• Protects against heart disease.
• Natural cleanser; blood, colon; strengthens gall bladder and liver.
• Inexpensive and available year round; eating them fresh is costly and convenient.
Directions for a delicious Beet the Toxins Smoothie:
Add the following ingredients, in the order provided, to your blender or extractor.
Blend to desired consistency:
1 raw (medium sized) beet, cut into cubes
1 apple, cut into cubes (seeds removed)
1 lemon, peeled and quartered
1 cup water
2 cups spinach, kale, or collard greens (or any combination of these greens)
4-5 ice-cubes (optional)
• Add water to achieve desired consistency.
• Dark, leafy green vegetables are high in fiber; they are an excellent source for the relief of constipation or hemorrhoids.
• CAUTION: If you are experiencing an agitated digestive system, the fiber content in whole fruits and vegetables may add further stress. However, by extracting plant foods it can aid in replenishing nutrients lost in diarrhea while making it easier for your body to break down the food sources and absorb them quickly.
• For diabetic or weight issues, ingesting more high fiber vegetables, fruits, and legumes (leafy greens, cabbage, berries, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, apples, and beans) help combat free radicals.
• Soluble fiber (once in the intestines) slows the absorption of sugars in the blood – allowing the body to feel full and limiting insulin spikes.
• Always consult your physician if you have special diet or health related issues.
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