Beet Apple Smoothie

dunthor beet apple smoothie

What can you do with beets?

I admit that my favorite beet recipe is borscht. It is salty-sour and such a gorgeous color and I am half-Polish after all. Really, My Mom’s birth name was Stephania¬†Karatkiewicz. But I didn’t feel like making that today because I already have a casserole in the fridge and don’t need any more food made up. I decided to make a smoothie. Does that not seem like the next logical choice to you? ūüôā

According to Nutrition Data, beets are very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. They are a good source of Vitamin C, Iron and Magnesium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Folate, Potassium and Manganese. Their only caveat is that they are high in sugars but for a smoothie, that is perfect!

I thought beets and apple would be a good combination but I don’t think anyone needs THAT much fiber so I juiced the beets in my juicer¬†and then combined¬†beet juice, 2 apples (cored & quartered), and 3 dates (pitted). As you can see it made a big jar-full and is such a beautiful color. I think next time I’ll try beet-strawberry. One caution, do not spill this on yourself, it will stain. Ask me how I know!

Notes: Juicer-wise, I have the Breville Juice Fountain  and love it!

Try it and tell me what you think!

SOTD, Shake of the Day

Mmmm, breakfast.

I was pretty shaky after my exercise this morning, I guess green tea alone just doesn’t cut it for me for Nordic Walking. In the past, working out in a fasted state was believed to burn a lot more calories but I just googled it and found that those findings were controversial. I am linking (see related articles below) to 3 articles that reach different conclusions. Anyway, I had to come in after 45 minutes because I was too dizzy to continue, so I’ll probably go with “lightly fed exercise” myself unless I am just doing a 20 minute run or something. But… ¬†it is all OK because I made this!

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Pineapple mylk

Ingredients:

almond or soymilk, 1 cup

flax seeds, 1 tsp

frozen or fresh pineapple, 1 cup

sweetener as desired, I use 3 drops of Stevia

Process:

I used the VitaMix. If you don’t have one you should probably use flaxseed meal because my regular blender never ground the seeds up well enough for my taste. ¬†Essentially, that is the difference between a VitaMix¬†and a blender. A strawberry smoothie made in a blender will still have strawberry seeds in it, the smoothie made in the VitaMix will not.

You can bet I’ll make one of these before I walk out the door tomorrow.

Related articles:

Mark’s Daily Apple¬†recommends fasting before intense exercise, referring to a study in which the subjects were eating a diet containing 50% fat. He also notes, “Lifting heavy things while picturing the pounds of meat to come is, for lack of a better word, kinda Primal. The hunger fuels my performance.”

BuiltLean¬†recommends a light meal before exercise. He says, “The group that ate before the moderate cardio session continued to burn significantly more calories up to 24 hours after the exercise bout. The authors concluded that ‚Äúwhen moderate endurance exercise is done to lose body fat, fasting before exercise does not enhance lipid utilization (fat use); rather, physical activity after a light meal is advisable.‚ÄĚ

The New York Times:¬†Phys Ed: The Benefits of Exercising Before Breakfast¬†which states, “Exercising in the morning, before eating, the study results show, seems to significantly lessen the ill effects of holiday Bacchanalias.”

The Great Pumpkin

The Farmer’s Almanac says that Pumpkin carving began with the Irish tradition of carving turnips. They would put candles in them and place them in windows to scare the ghosts away on the Hallowed Evening. When they moved to the US, they discovered the more plentiful, easier to carve pumpkin¬†and the rest is history.

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