This month’s smoothie stretched people a bit outside their comfort zones. They saw the beets and the grapefruit and thought, “How in the world is this going to taste good?”
Grapefruit is bitter, beets are weird, and pomegranate seeds can be sour, so how is it that this smoothie is one of my all-time favorites? I picked these ingredients because they came up in a search for “winter smoothies,” and I figured I’d experiment to find something delicious, healthy, and full of fiber and healthy protein. Give it a whirl and find out why this pink potion is one of my new faves.
What’s in it for You?
Pink grapefruit has a TON of vitamin C to support your immune system and reduce cold symptoms in this cold, wet time of year. It’s also rich in lycopene (an antioxidant found in high doses in tomatoes), which has been shown to have anti-tumor activity and fight against free radicals in the body. Lycopene is also anti-fungal and can help fight off candida overgrowth in the body that results in yeast overgrowth.
Beets are full of fiber to support healthy digestion. They’re also packed with phytonutrients for optimal health and cancer-fighting properties (especially colon cancer).
The deep red color of beets come from an antioxidant called betalain pigments (also called betanin), which has been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory properties. Other compounds in beets contribute to reducing inflammation as well, including betaine, which is thought to lower multiple inflammatory factors in the body.
Beets also support detoxification by “neutraliz[ing] toxins and mak[ing] them sufficiently water-soluble for excretion in the urine.” (source)
Pomegranate is just as much a superfood as the other awesome botanical ingredients in this month’s blended beverage. It brags protection against heart disease and cancer, in addition to protecting brain function and memory.
Now for the recipe!
Pink Pomegranate Beet Smoothie
- ½ pink grapefruit
- ½ cup pomegranate seeds
- 3 beets (boiled ahead of time)
- 2 tbs collagen powder
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- OPTIONAL: tiny pinch of stevia