If there’s anything I love about beetroot, it has to be when it is boiled in a soup, or when it’s juiced, and when it’s canned and its in a sandwich. Oh, and it’s also dog friendly.
We used to make beetroot & corn soup at home, and the juicing part comes when I was working in Sydney where I would juice beetroot, watermelon and orange to concoct a beautifully red drink. So what about beetroot ?
Not only is beetroot great for boosting stamina and making muscles work harder, it also contains potassium, magnesium and iron as well as vitamins A, B6 and C, and folic acid. Beets also contain carbohydrates, protein, powerful antioxidants and soluble fibre.
Watermelons are a great fruit to help you hydrate and cool down in this heat (and occasional haze). Also, since it’s mostly made up of water, pureed watermelon makes a refreshing drink. Despite being mainly water and sugar, watermelons are actually a very good source of vitamin C, (which provides protection against immune system deficiencies) and vitamin A (which promotes good eyesight). The red flesh of a watermelon is also a significant source of phytochemicals, in particular one known as lycopene. Lycopene, which is also found in tomatoes, is a nutrient with proven cancer-protection qualities.
Celery is packed with fiber and also offers folic acid, calcium, potassium, and vitamin B and C. Celery is a favorite of many dieters because it contains so few calories and provides a number of health benefits. Keep in mind raw celery, which includes juiced celery is the healthiest way to consume the vegetable.
To make this smoothie, you would need 1 cup watermelon cubes, 1/3 of a beetroot and a stick of celery.
Freeze the watermelon cubes overnight so you don’t need to add any additional ice when you blitz it up. Blend everything in a blender, pour into a cup / mug / glass and add a spoon of chia seed. Drink away.
And maybe have a good balanced breakfast to start the day 😉