Heart Beet Ginger Smoothie (Anti-Inflammatory)

Learn why beets and ginger are staples in my medicine cabinet.

Beet Ginger Smoothie

Last week I pleasantly surprised my senses with this spur-of-the-moment, disease-fighting smoothie. Read on to learn why beets and ginger are staples in my medicine cabinet.

Beets offer many health benefits due to their numerous antioxidants. For starters, they contain betalains which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, therefore, promoting cardiovascular and metabolic health. Betalains have even been shown to help suppress tumor growth in studies on multiple cancer cell lines and animal models. Other antioxidants found in beets include manganese, which helps regulate glucose metabolism, and vitamin C (in the greens). Beet greens also contain lutein which is known for maintaining eye health. For women who are pregnant or trying to conceive, beets’ folate, vitamin B and iron content makes this vegetable a worthy smoothie addition.  Finally, betaine, an amino acid found in beets, can act as an antidepressant.

Beet Ginger Smoothie
Beet Ginger Smoothie

Ginger has been used as a herbal medicine for years and is currently one of the most researched spices. Last year a study reported that daily ginger consumption lowered fasting blood sugar in those with type 2 diabetes. Previously, a randomized controlled trial demonstrated that ginger decreased cholesterol and triglyceride levels. These promising results demonstrate how beneficial ginger may be for women with PCOS.

Ingredients:

  • 3 small fresh beets (steamed or raw) or 6 small canned beets (I store prepped beets in the freezer for a thicker smoothie)
  • 1 scoop plant-based protein powder
  • 1 small banana, fresh or frozen
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1/4 cup coconut water

How to:

  1. Add all ingredients to blender and go for a whirl! If it is not blending easily add more coconut water or water.

PCOS Powers:

  • beets = good source of folate, anti-inflammatory, helps lower blood pressure, may help lower cholesterol, shown to reduce cancerous tumors in various animal models, beet leaves are high in iron (eat in moderation due to high oxalate content which can worsen gout and kidney stones)
  • ginger = anti-inflammatory, may help decrease fasting blood glucose, HbA1c, cholesterol and triglycerides
  • hemp protein = helps decrease high cholesterol and manage insulin resistance, helps build lean muscle mass

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Heart Beet Ginger Smoothie

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Author: Phruitful Dish

I'm Dylan, the creator of Phruitful Dish. I'm a holistic health content creator, fitness lover, vegan, feminist, and PCOS wellness consultant living in Vancouver, Canada on unceded Coast Salish territory. I obtained my PhD in obstetrics and gynaecology specializing in PCOS, nutrition and mental health.

58 thoughts on “Heart Beet Ginger Smoothie (Anti-Inflammatory)”

  1. This recipe looks bomb! I need to start making more smoothies since summer is coming around! The colors of the smoothie are so pretty too!

  2. Beetroot and ginger, two culinary superheroes! I’ve been putting grated beets on my daily side salad and I’m trawling Pinterest regularly seeking out new ways to use ginger – I just love how it tastes!

  3. The bright color is just awesome! i am planting my own beets this year and can’t wait to give this recipe a go!

    1. Hi Diana! I definitely would suggest including beet greens! They have different health benefits then the actual beet. I didn’t include them here so I could achieve the brilliant pink color :P. I guess aesthetics won this round!

  4. You know, I’ve never had beets before, and I’ve recently been experimenting with ginger but never the fresh stuff. Plus pea protein powder? What a unique combo, full of healthy ingredients. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. You gotta try beets!! There are so many ways to eat them (all on the handy-dandy internet). Thanks for the great feedback! I love the protein powder I use. I have tried so many vegan brands and it is the best tasting and cheapest (sweet!).

  5. I think I need to grow some beets, and some ginger!

    Thank you for linking up on Nest Builders Link Up, we would love to have you back next week.

  6. Wow, this color is amazing! I love beets, and the color just makes it even more perfect! Will definitely try this out! <3

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