This smoothie features beets and oranges. It's full of nutrients and tastes as amazing as it looks!
I randomly made this smoothie after my work-out, and it turned out so delicious and beautiful I felt it would be a tragedy not to share!
I cover some star ingredients and their health benefits below, so you can feel great in knowing you are giving your body something that is benefiting it in so many ways!
Let's start with beets. Although they have an earthy, and somewhat off-putting taste to some, when you pair them with other great ingredients they taste wonderful! They also give you the prettiest red and pink hues when cooking, which is incredibly appealing to me. Beets boost strength, improve digestion, lower blood pressure, and boost brain health.
Oranges. I'm convinced in heaven there will be an ever-flowing tap of fresh squeezed orange juice, and that is where you will find me most often. Oranges are most well-known for their high Vitamin C content which strengthens the immune system. They also prevent skin damage, control blood sugar levels, and lower the risk of cancer.
Chia seeds. Probably one of the easiest full-of-nutrients addition you can add to any smoothie. These seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, iron, and calcium. Omega-3's help curb joint pain and stiffness (arthritis), fight depression and anxiety, improve eye health, and so much more.
Maca powder. Maca root is a part of the broccoli family, and we all know broccoli is good for us, so it makes sense that maca is too. It boosts energy, libido, and endurance. It also improves mood, learning, and memory. I always feel more energized and focused after putting it in my morning smoothie.
Alfalfa sprouts. Sprouts of all kinds are just awesome in my opinion, because they are pretty bland and you can throw them in a smoothie without tasting them. I love putting them in my salads, and on top of my avo toast too. Alfalfa sprouts help you build strong bones, prevent iron deficiency, and give you shiny hair! That's a win in my book folks.
I added the almond butter for extra protein after my workout, and I used unsweetened almond milk as a base so it would have a creamy texture. I feel like this would be great with some vanilla protein powder and you could use coconut water for the base as well. Enjoy! xx
Beet and Orange Smoothie
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (add more as/if needed)
1 small beet washed and cut into pieces
1 orange peeled and seeds removed
1 frozen banana
5-7 frozen strawberries
2 tbsp maca powder
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp almond butter
Handful of sprouts
Blend until smooth.
Smile and enjoy ♡