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AIP Turmeric Beet Smoothie Recipe
The nutrition in this AIP turmeric beet smoothie can’t be beat! Make it in the morning before you fly out the door to start your day.
Much Ado About Beets
This root vegetable holds a ton of nutrients in its colorful package. In particular, they boast phytonutrients that go by the name of betalains.
Betalains offer antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support – kind of a big deal if you have an autoimmune condition.
Betalains don’t hold up well to cooking, so you’ll reap the most benefits from beets if you eat them raw, like you would when making this AIP smoothie.
A potential downfall is that not everyone responds the same way to betalains. One estimate found as little as 10 percent of people in the U.S. gain the maximum anti-inflammatory benefits from betalains.
On the plus side, beets have more going for them than betalains. Beets are an excellent source of fiber.
They’ll also serve you up with a healthy dose of folate, manganese, potassium, and copper.
Picking and Prepping Beets
Like any produce, look for candidates that have a uniform color with no bruising or damage. Avoid the largest beets in the bunch. They are likely to be tough and hard to cut.
You can keep them for about a week in your fridge, which is quite handy if you want to add them into your routine.
Once you’re ready to make your smoothie, rinse the beet in cool water. I’d recommend wearing gloves, because beets will stain.
After all, there is a reason beet juice is used to add color to baked goods!
If you do get caught “red handed,” you can try removing the beet juice with lemon juice. Thankfully, you’ll have some on hand for this recipe, so it works out nicely.
While picking up ground turmeric should be a snap, finding fresh turmeric may take a bit more effort.
Your big-box grocery store may not have any available. If you strike out there, try a specialty or health-focused grocer.
Indian or Asian markets may be more likely to carry fresh turmeric. You can also purchase some online.
More AIP Smoothies
Smoothies have a lot going for them. They are easy to prepare, portable, and pack a lot of health benefits into a single drink.
Many people find them more appealing than a sit-down meal in the morning.
If you’re a fan of the smoothie movement, there are plenty of options to suit autoimmune protocol.
Here is a collection of 65 amazing AIP smoothies to try. I’m pretty sure there’s a smoothie to suit every taste!
A health-packed AIP drink
- 1/4 beet, peeled and chopped
- 1 apple, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) turmeric powder (or a small piece of fresh turmeric)
- 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) lemon juice
- 1 small avocado
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) coconut milk
- Honey or maple syrup, to taste
- Blend all the ingredients together until smooth. Add in sweetener if needed.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 310
- Sugar: 10 g
- Fat: 26 g
- Carbohydrates: 22 g
- Fiber: 9 g
- Protein: 3 g