Friday, October 21, 2011

Mango and beets smoothie

Breakfast: Mango and beets smoothie

Lunch: Couscous and spinach salad with potatoes

Dinner: Pesto pasta and a fruit salad

When I worked at Smoothie World we had a tried and tested hangover cure in smoothie form. Saturday after Saturday, haggard looking people would come in, only to return an hour and a half later looking full of life and thanking us for banishing the aftereffects of their good night. The secret? Beets.

Now, I don't have a juicer, so when I made yesterday's chocolate and beet cupcakes I kept hold of the red water in which I'd boiled the beets. This still retains all the flavour and colour of the beets, and it's a passable substitution when you can't get proper beet juice.

You'll need:
(Feeds 2)
1 cup beet puree/ juice
1 cup mango juice
3/4 cup strawberries
1 banana

Blend everything together until smooth

Now, I understand your scepticism, but honestly, give this a try! Beets are fantastic for you, containing several vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and iron. The taste is mediated by the banana and strawberries in this drink so it's not too overwhelming.

Strangely enough, it's also been found to enhance the performance of athletes, so it will probably be banned at the next olympics.

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