a) ATHLETES: beets, for one thing, are amazing for athletic performance!
b) ANYONE who wants an antioxidant/anti-inflammatory punch, and this too is important for athletes!
c) ANYONE who loves BEETS or wants to try BEETS!
This drink is gorgeous! Recipe makes a lot (two 26-ounce servings). I drink one before my run, and another after!
This drink has loads of Dr Greger Daily Dozen check marks too! 1) greens - kale, 2) berries - lots, 3) other veggies - beets, 4) other fruit - orange 5) flax, 6) spices - lots, 7) nuts - chia, 8) water, 9) oats ...and go for the run for #10!
Here is the Daily Dozen that Dr Greger recommends in How Not to Die.
Magenta Magic Potion
2 beets, raw, quartered, stems removed
1 blood orange, quartered
1 c kale, packes (2 big handfuls)
1 c strawberries
1/2 c blueberries
1/4 c cranberries
1 Tbsp goji berries
1 Tbsp ground flax
1 Tbsp chia
1/4" fresh turmeric
1/2" fresh ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 c oats
pinch of pepper
contents of a high quality green tea bag (I almost forgot!)
3 c water
TIME SAVER: I do NOT PEEL the beets, orange, turmeric, or ginger! Wash all produce well! You get a dash more fiber, and the big benefit, besides time, is that there is a lot of awesome stuff in that ORANGE PEEL, including cancer prevention, and flavor! Check out this nutritionfacts.org video CITRUS PEEL and CANCER: ZEST FOR LIFE?! And there are also a lot of great COMMENTS after the video with extra benefits of citrus peel!
I use the "whole juice" button on my Blendtec blender to blend everything together, and enjoy!
This is a lot of nutritious food, so you could have some for breakfast and then then the rest for a mid-morning snack (or share with a loved one!)!
Here are a few links:
BEETS reduce the oxygen cost during exercise!
For more on GINGER: Ginger for Osteoarthritis!, Pumpkin Pie Lovers Post, and Get Your Gs
Turmeric rocks! (bountiful benefits)
Plus, cranberries, blueberries, cloves, oats, goji berries, flaxseed...you could probably make a full blog based entirely off of these ingredients! Hmmm, thank goodness for NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG!
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