Beet Greens & Banana
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Beet Greens & Banana
If you are looking for a healthy non-dairy shake with tasty ingredients? Mix Beet Greens & Banana Powder in your blender. Add a frozen banana for extra taste, almond milk, plant-based protein powder (for extra protein!), yogurt, vanilla extract, and beet leaves (yes, beet greens!), this is one nutrient-dense smoothie!
Although many people are familiar with eating the root portion of the beet, beet leaves (the leafy greens atop the
beetroot) offer a stunning natural green color and many incredible health benefits.
Beet greens are a wonderful source of Calcium, Iron, Vitamin A (beta-carotene), Vitamin C, and Vitamin K. In fact, beet greens may have more iron than spinach! Studies show that beet greens fight Alzheimer's disease, strengthen bones warding off osteoporosis, and strengthen the immune system.
If the health benefits aren't enough to get you super jazzed to drink this GREENtastic smoothie, the delicious taste will!
QUICK FACTS ON BEET GREENS
- Beetroot greens are the green, leafy tops of beets that are highly nutritious.
- They are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and
nitrates makingthem a great staple to a healthy, preventative diet.
- You can incorporate the beet greens into many of the same dark, green leafy vegetable recipes that you use normally.
WHAT ARE BEET GREENS?
Beetroot greens, or beet greens, are just that: the edible green, leafy tops of beets. When you’re trimming your beets, be sure to save these nutritious greens. In fact, they make great substitutes in recipes that call for many of your other green leafy vegetables such as collard greens, kale, swiss chard, and spinach. You can eat them raw or steam, sauté and braise them; the options are endless.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS?
Beetroot greens are loaded with vitamin A, C, K and even some key B vitamins like
folate. They contain essential trace and major minerals including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. They contain a wide array of phytonutrients, plant compounds that are essential for chronic disease prevention and have many positive health effects.
Specifically, they contain carotenoids, including the antioxidant and disease-fighting plant pigments: lutein and beta-carotene. They also contain an adequate amount of fiber, as well, to support satiety and control weight.
beetroot greens include:
- Regulates high blood pressure Beetroot greens have a good level of potassium, which is needed for regulating blood pressure. They also boost nitrates, which become nitric oxide in the body, a known component that will dilate vascular pathways and boost blood flow and protect from any blockages.
- Helps your heart out Beetroot greens are one of the top foods for your cardiovascular system. These vasodilators contain beneficial amounts of nitrates that get converted in the body to nitric oxide, which lowers inflammation and opens up blood vessels and arteries. Nitric oxide also prevents platelets from sticking together, which helps to prevent blood clots. Overall, they protect the heart. Additionally, beet greens are rich in betaine, a nutrient that is critical for converting excess homocysteine to methionine. High levels of the amino acid homocysteine can lead to plaque buildup and blocked arteries, which can cause heart disease. Essentially, beets can beat heart disease with betaine.
- Protects against chronic diseases like cancer Beetroot greens contain powerful antioxidants. In a study looking at mice fed an imbalanced diet, it was found that those that were supplemented with beetroot greens had significantly less oxidative stress and a higher level of antioxidant defense for disease protection.
- Boosts immune system function Beetroot greens have high levels of vitamin A, a necessary nutrient for immune system health and function. Vitamin A, in the form of beta-carotene, is also a powerful antioxidant. Beetroot greens have a high antioxidant and phytonutrient status, which boosts immunity and fights off harmful invaders. Beetroot greens have even been shown to increase glutathione, the body’s natural “Master Antioxidant” nutrient, which helps to eliminate harmful toxins and molecules within the body.
- Assists with bone health Beetroot greens contain vitamin K1, an essential vitamin for bone health. Research has alluded that vitamin K could be even more important than calcium to bone health. This is because while calcium is key to strong bones, and vitamin D is key for absorbing calcium, it’s the vitamin K that actually pulls the calcium into bones and teeth, contributing to the strength of their structures.
- Beneficial for digestion Beetroot greens contain adequate levels of both soluble and insoluble fiber, which are essential to healthy digestion. Fiber also acts as a prebiotic that helps to stimulate healthy gut microbiome, which in turn helps to benefit digestive processes. Fiber is also great for controlling blood sugar, normalizing blood lipids and decreasing inflammation.