How To Make This Sweet, Cherry Beet Detox Smoothie

 

This is how I began my day.  Drinking this sweet, yummy cherry and beet detox smoothie with the warm morning sun streaming across my body.  Just PERFECT!  

 
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 Ever since I was a small girl, I have absolutely loved cherries and beets .  One of my favorite memories as a child was when I was 11 years old.  My family and I spent the summer in Europe going from country to country, basically a 2 1/2 month road trip.  It was absolutely awesome.  

One day while in Germany driving along the Rhine River, we came upon a field of cherry trees and I begged my parents to stop.  I had never seen how cherries actually grew.  I was your typical Los Angeles kid who thought cherries just showed up in a bag at the supermarket.   My parents stopped.  I jumped out and began picking cherries from the tree as fast as I could while stuffing every other one in my mouth.  I was in heaven.  Trust me, there's nothing better than freshly picked, ripe cherries that are warm from the sun.  Thank god the farmer didn't see me!

As a child I also loved beets.  I liked the taste and the fact that they made my pee turn pink.  What kid wouldn't think that was cool?  I know TMI but it's true.  So when I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it.  And it has now  made it to the list of my favorite smoothies. 

This smoothie is delicious and gorgeous in color and a powerhouse in terms of nutrition.  It also helps your body with it's natural detoxification process.  This sweet, cherry beet detox smoothie is the perfect 2 for 1 smoothie.

 

Sweet, Cherry Beet Detox Smoothie

  • 1 small organic raw beet peeled
  • 1 medium banana (Original recipe calls for a ripe pear, cored.  Pick your poison.)
  • 1 - 1  1/2 cups frozen pitted organic cherries (10ounces)
  • 1 cup chopped organic cabbage
  • 1 - 2 cups water (Adjust according to how thick you like it)

 

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a high powered blender (I use the Vitamix Blender) and blend until smooth.  

If the beet taste is too earthy for you just add more cherries. 

Recipe from the cookbook Nourishing Meals by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre, MS, CN

 

Why is this good for you? 

Beets -

Help the liver process toxins and are rich in antioxidants.  Beets are rich in folate which is important for a healthy heart and essential for normal tissue growth. Folate is extremely important during the 1st trimester.  The pigment that is responsible for their deep red color, beta cyan, is a powerful cancer fighting agent.

Banana -

Great source of potassium as well as Vitamin B6. Potassium helps maintain electrolyte balance, normal blood pressure and heart function. Bananas promote stomach health because they're rich in the fiber called pectin and have a natural antacid affect when mixed with milk. They also help protect the lining of the stomach by creating thicker protective barrier against stomach acids. They are rich in Vitamin C and manganese and help protect the body from free radicals oxidative damage. 

Pears-

Are a hypoallergenic fruit.  Good source of Vitamin C which protects body from free radicals and oxidation of LDL (bad cholesterol) therefore promoting heart health.  Good source of dietary fiber and helps prevent constipation as well as keeping the colon free from cancer causing chemicals by binding them and taking them out of the body. 

Cherries- 

The darker the cherry the better for you it is. They are a natural anti-inflammatory.  They're also an antioxidant therefore slowing down the aging process.  They help fight disease, relieve arthritis type pain and gout.  They are a good source of Vitamin C which helps you absorb iron better as well as keep your immune system working well to fight off infections. 

Cabbage-

Beneficial in healing the intestinal gut and reducing cancer risk.  Cabbage is rich in the amino acid glutamine, which is used by the intestinal tract to repair its lining.  When blended it has an amazing ability to turn on our gene called the Antioxidant Response Element.  This means our body starts producing more anti-oxidants and detoxification enzymes that provide 72 hours of protection from toxins from environmental and internal sources. 

Water- 

Your body is 83% water.  Your muscles are 75% water.  Your brain is 74% water.  Your bones are 22% water.  Your body NEEDS water for every metabolic process. You need it in order to properly digest and absorb nutrients from your food and you need it to flush out toxins and fat through your liver and kidneys.  During pregnancy, your baby needs enough water in order to produce amniotic fluid and keep his/her environment clean.  It gets rid of waste products, lessens constipation and reduces urinary tract infections.  

 

QUESTION:  Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe? I love smoothies and would be so grateful to find a new recipe. So please share your favorite smoothie recipe in the comment box.  Looking forward to it! 

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*** I found this recipe in one of my all time favorite cookbooks, Nourishing Meals by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre, MS, CN.  I did change it slightly. ***


Resources:

Segersten, A., Maltrerre, T., MS,CN. Nourishing Meals, Published by Whole Life Press, 2012

Boone, L, R.D., Powerful Plant Based Super Foods, Published byFair Winds Press, Beverly, MA. 2013

The Encyclopedia Of Healing Foods. By Michael Murray, N.D. and Joseph Pizzorno, ND with Lara Pizzorno, M.A., L.M.T. 

Mateljan, G., The World's Healthiest Foods, 2007