People pretend I don’t exist, treat me like the ugly duckling and despise me. But I know my value. And I am here to prove it to you. Like it or not, here I come.
Sincerely, Red Beet
Seriously speaking I can not imagine my life without red beets. Just think of a life without borscht. Not worth living. I’ve got the love for red beets from my Slavic blood and I am going to defend them whenever I can. Because (you will not believe what I will say right now) some people do not like them. Actually most of the people I know, when I think about it really hard…
But believe me, this veggie is truly misunderstood and underestimated. Nutritionally speaking it is loaded with an exceptionally unique combination of vitamins and minerals. It contains amongst others the mineral manganese, which is an awesome free radicals detective, also called antioxidant. Same with betalain, the red pigment, which besides that is also great for detoxification processes in your body. All this means basically: red beets keeps you young FOREVER. That was enthusiastic. Let’s say almost forever. If this it not the best thing about them than I don’t know.
Also: 100 g of raw red beet cover 10% of the daily intake of iron and 6% of magnesium. Especially in the dark months these minerals are extremely important and helpful to fight the weakness that so often affects our bodies (and moods…) during autumn and winter. Farewell autumn blues.
Besides all this nutrition part, just looking at them and their deep pink color should make you happy. Or what is your feeling looking at this beauty below?
Red beets have also have a very mild, almost dull taste and can be therefore incorporated in a variety of dishes. Recently they have been even trying to invade my sweet weekend breakfasts. So I thought, why not add it them to my beloved smoothies?
It is a pretty common thing to juice red beets, but why not also get the fibers and use them whole? Besides, the sweetness of them goes perfectly with strawberries, and ginger and lemon add the right amount of edginess to it. A tablespoon vegan protein for extra strength and “Bloody smoothie” was born. Get your fingers red guys.
Ingredients ( 2 pers.)
1 small red beet
1 cup strawberries (I used frozen)
1 heaped tsp ginger (grated)
1 tbsp heaped vegan protein powder (I used hemp protein)
2 tsp agave syrup
juice of 1/2 lemon (use and grate the lemon rind if your lemon is organic or ecological)
1 cup water (if you like your smoothies more fluid add some more water)
Peel the red beet and the carrot, cut them in big chunks. Mix together with the rest of the ingredients in your blender until smooth. Decorate with some grated lemon and enjoy your immortality.
So… have you changed your mind about red beets yet?:) Cheers!