Beet and Ginger Detox Smoothie
Beet, Apple, Ginger Detox Blast
This was a sweet little discovery I enjoyed after a recent lecture I gave at Samsung. They have a gorgeous new building here in Silicon Valley and they were gracious enough to give me access to their amazing café.
I’m not the easiest person to feed so I wasn’t optimistic, but I also didn’t want to be rude and refuse the invitation. It was a gorgeous café with a multitude of healthy eating options but the one that I felt safest enjoying was a juicing station. All the fruits and vegetables were out on display, looking fresh and delicious. They were willing to make whatever I wanted and for some reason the beets called out to me.
I tend to avoid beets, especially the red ones, because they stain my cutting board and hands, so I decided to create something I wouldn’t normally make at home.
Beets shouldn’t be avoided because they are incredibly healthy and detoxifying. Ginger is a wonderful anti-inflammatory. The apples are mostly there for a sweet balance but remember they are unhealthy unless organic – they are part of the Dirty Dozen and very high in pesticides otherwise.
This recipe is what I created with some tweaks, because at home I don’t have a juicer (most people don’t), but I do have a blender.
The beauty of a blender vs. a juicer is that all the healthy fiber is present from a blender, and locked within that fiber is healthy antioxidants. So keep the blender; maybe consider investing in a fancy high speed one, I love my Blendtec, but otherwise I don’t recommend getting a juicer.
The only potential downside is if you like a “juice-like” vs “smoothie” texture. If you need to acquire the taste of the thicker version, please do so; it is infinitely healthier for you.
½ cup chopped organic golden beet, peeled. You could also use a red beet.
2 organic apples, peeled. Pick whichever brand you find the sweetest, just make sure it’s organic.
½” organic ginger, peeled and cut into small pieces.
¼ cup filtered water
Handful of ice (optional)
Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender (I use a Blendtec) with 1/4 cup water and ice, if you’re using it. Depending on how thick or thin you like it, use more water and/or ice.
Blend on high speed until smooth.
Taste and add more ginger if you like more “heat”.
Dr. Vikki Petersen DC, CCN
IFM Certified Practitioner
Founder of HealthNOW Medical Center
Author of “The Gluten Effect”
Author of eBook: “Gluten Intolerance – What You Don’t Know May Be Killing You!”