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BEET AND BERRY SMOOTHIE RECIPE

Beet and Berry Smoothie

It’s hard to live fully when we aren’t feeling well and healthy. Staying healthy is a key factor to living our best lives. Eating more raw fruits and vegetables, particularly the ones with antioxidants, is a simple way to increase our energy levels and build our immunities. Drinking smoothies is one of the simplest ways to add antioxidants to our healthy eating lifestyles. When I started drinking homemade smoothies made with fresh ingredients, my overall health improved.

Cranberries are rich in antioxidants, and eating them brings added health benefits. Recently, I decided to experiment with a bag of fresh cranberries. I tossed some into my blender while making a smoothie, wondering if it would taste weird, or not. I was really surprised when I tasted the slightly tart smoothie. The tartness mixed with the sweetness of strawberries was great. I fell in love with it instantly!

I want to share my latest and favorite smoothie recipe with you.

Smoothie Ingredients

BEET AND BERRY SMOOTHIE

½ cup almond milk, rice milk, or water

6 ounces of vanilla or any berry flavored yogurt

½ cup frozen strawberries (substitute with raspberries or blackberries or use a mixture of berries)

½ cup fresh cranberries

¼ of a small raw beet chopped into small pieces

3 tablespoons vanilla protein powder

Combine berries, yogurt, protein powder, and liquid in a blender; blend until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add a little more liquid to get the desired consistency. I like to pour the yogurt into an ice tray and freeze it to make my smoothies extra cold and smooth. Just pop three or four cubes out and toss into the blender. Add a little agave nectar if more sweetness is desired. Feel free to substitute any of the fruits with those you love best. Greek yogurt makes it taste exceptionally good, but I use Kroger brand vanilla yogurt when I don’t have any Greek yogurt on hand. For extra nutrition, feel free to add red chard to this recipe without changing the flavor.

Yogurt Cubes

Drinking a smoothie is a great way to start the day. I hope you enjoy this smoothie recipe as much as I do.

May you live abundantly in every way in 2015!

“Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.”

— 3 John 1:2 (NLT)

Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist. I don’t claim that my suggestions will bring the same results in your life. I am simply sharing ideas for increased energy and better health based on my personal experiences.

ENERGY SMOOTHIE RECIPE

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As a forty-eight-year-old woman with a full life, drinking healthy smoothies has greatly increased my energy level. Dragging my body through the day is a distant memory since I began making homemade energy smoothies. I drink a smoothie most every morning and I feel the best on the days that I make time to drink another variation of this smoothie later in the day.

I have tried several different kinds of blenders. The Nutra-Bullet is my favorite blender for making smoothies. With its unique cyclonic action, it makes the smoothest energy drinks. There are some precautions necessary though. The Nutra-Bullet cup should only be filled to the ‘MIX’ line when using it and the motor shouldn’t be used for more than a minute at a time. Another thing I love about the Nutra-Bullet is that it’s easy to travel with because of its compact size.

 

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Energy Smoothie Recipe

1 cup almond milk, rice milk, water, or juice
5 to 6 ounces vanilla Greek yogurt (place the cartons in the freezer and let freeze; substitute with any berry flavored yogurt)
1 cup chopped kale or spinach or red chard (it’s best to use a different vegetable each day in order to keep a balanced diet)
1/4 cup frozen strawberries (substitute with any kind of fruit)
1/4 cup frozen blueberries or blackberries or raspberries
2 tablespoons of vanilla protein powder (optional)

Combine the leafy green vegetable, fruit, yogurt, and liquid in a blender; blend until smooth, but for no more than sixty seconds at a time. If the mixture is too thick, add a little more liquid to get the desired consistency. Add a little agave nectar if more sweetness is desired. Feel free to substitute any of the fruits with those you love best. I prefer to use Greek yogurt that is sweetened with honey, but today I used Yoplait strawberry yogurt.

It may sound a little questionable to put kale and spinach in a smoothie, but this recipe tastes great. The fact that my sixteen-year-old son drinks one of these every day speaks volumes about the taste. If I forget to make one for him, he always reminds me, because it helps him with his daily work-outs and sporting activities.

If you try this recipe, please let me know how you like it. I pray that you will live a healthy life by nurturing your body, mind, and spirit in 2014.

Note: I am not affiliated with Nutra-Bullet, nor do I know anyone who is. I have expressed my personal experiences with their products only for helping to improve the health of others.