Beetroot & Cacao pre-yoga super shake.
- 2 small beetroots. Raw and whole... leaves and all, they contain many of the vitamins and minerals! (we get ours delivered fresh by the North East Organic Growers!)
- 250ml milk... we like almond.
- 2 heaped tablespoons of cacao
- 1 ripe banana.
- And, if you like a little sweetness add a dollop of honey.
Add all the ingredients to a high power blender and blend until the consistency of your preference!
Apart from adding a deliciously earthy taste to your morning shake, it has a ton of health benefits!
Beetroots are a rich source of fiber, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron, sulfur, silica and choline add to that Vitamins A, B and C and K, beta-carotene, beta-cyanine, folic acid and manganese. Perhaps one of their biggests benefits comes from the color pigment called betalain, bestowing not only the distinctive colour but powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, fungicidal and detoxifying properties. Betalains occur in all of the plant (including the flowers, leaves stems & flesh) and are damaging by heat, so to guarantee the best boost from your beets blend them up raw and whole.
Beetroot has long been used as a treatment for conditions such an anaemia, and detoxication, and research backs up its many benefits for the circulatory system with new research showing a remarkable ability to increase blood flow to your brain! Read more HERE
The downsides? Well, there is evidence to suggest that if consumed more than 3 times a day there's a chance your kidneys might not be so happy. We recommend you enjoy this shake as a treat once a week for all the benefits without any risk. Its worth mentioning too that that distinctive beetroot colour will persevere so dont be worry if your pee turns a shade of rouge!