Beets are one of the most nutrient-dense foods available, and until recently, I admittedly could not have told you the last time I had eaten one. Inspired by a Rich Roll interview I watched where the triathlete was touting beets’ many health benefits, I began researching a bit and quickly found out more about all that I had been missing. Beets are packed full of phytonutrients, naturally occurring chemicals that protect the life and longevity of plants, and not surprisingly offer humans these same benefits—including natural detoxification, improved digestion, anti-inflammation, and a steady supply of antioxidants—all thanks to the vegetable’s rich source of the phytonutrient betalain. What’s more, beets have been scientifically proven to boost the libido, as they contain high amounts of boron, a trace element directly related to the production of sex hormones.
It didn’t take long before I headed to my local farmers’ market, grabbed a bundle of beets, and went straight for the blender. I was instantly pleased with the rich taste of the colorful veggie, and quickly found it to be a great pairing with carrot. Ever the cinnamon fiend, I added in a dash of the good stuff, and blended it all with ice. The result is a surprisingly sweet smoothie that contains no added sugar, and is comprised entirely of raw vegetables!
To boost the nutritional value further, I add in two of my favorite Sunwarrior Nutrition products: Sunwarrior Chocolate Protein and Ormus Greens—adding sixteen grams of high quality protein, along with a host of probiotics and additional phytonutrients to ensure the smooth digestion of this holistic cocktail.
Directions: Thoroughly wash the beet and carrot. Depending on the output of your blender, you may need to chop the vegetables down into smaller pieces. Place complete beet, stems and greens included, into blender along with the rest of the ingredients. Blend for thirty seconds and enjoy immediately!
 “Beets.” Worlds Healthiest Foods. whfoods.com. whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=49. Web. Accessed Oct 7 2013.
 Dumas, Kiley. “6 Health Benefits of Eating Beets.” Full Circle. fullcircle.com/goodfoodlife/2012/05/10/6-health-benefits-of-eating-beets/Web. Accessed Oct 7 2013.