Ever wondered what to do with beetroots leaves? You can make a delicious beet greens smoothie, that's what! Below we'll show you how to put together a massively healthy, detox smoothie using the whole raw beetroot plant from root to greens.
But first, what makes a detox smoothie, and why is it good for us? You may have heard the term detox being tossed around in various recipes. Here's what that means in a single paragraph.
A detox recipe is one that gives your body the tools needed to get rid of toxins. To do that, you need insoluble and soluble fibres—especially prebiotics—and lots of water. You also want to avoid added sugars, which can lead to inflammation. Fibres absorb the toxins, like a sponge, making it easier for body to expel them. The water is for... well, you know that!
Beets are great helpers in detox diets because they are rich in fibres, both soluble and insoluble, and have lots of antioxidants. The beetroot is rich in folic acid and anti-inflammatory pigments called betalains, while the beet greens have lots of vitamin A and K plus free radical-fighting carotenoids compounds. Put them together, and you win!
We used raw beetroots, not the cooked ones, retaining all the nutrients of the plant. But you can use cooked beets if you prefer! You may have to opt for cooked beetroots if your blender is not strong enough—more on this option below.
Finally, to make our beet greens smoothie even more nutritious, we added in some high-protein ingredients. A single glass contains 60% RDI of fibres, 28% RDI of proteins, and zero added sugars. Any sugars are only those in the beets themselves. Oh, and it's ready in just 10 minutes!