Beet and Berry Bonanza

Sip on this post-workout and give your body the nutrition it needs

November 26, 2012
Beet and Berry Bonanza

Makes 1 serving

1/2 cup cooked beets, cubed

1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced

2 ice cubes

1/3 cup no-salt-added cottage cheese
1/3 cup 1% low-fat milk

2 tbsp hemp seeds

Beets are not the typical smoothie ingredient, but they may be your best friend after a tough workout. They supply salicylic acid, a close relative of the anti-inflammatory compound in aspirin. Strawberries are rich in vitamin c, and they also contribute one- quarter of your daily folate, a B vitamin women of childbearing age need to help prevent birth defects in early pregnancy. Cottage cheese lends protein for relatively few calories, and the no-salt-added variety keeps sodium to a minimum. Hemp seeds may be new to you, but give them a try. Hemp is loaded with many nutrients, including manganese, a mineral that’s responsible for bone and collagen formation, the metabolism of amino acids, fats, carbohydrates, cholesterol, and wound healing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 290 Calories, 21g Protein, 29g Carbohydrates, 7g Fiber, 11g Fat, 2g Saturated fat, 7mg Cholesterol, 112mg Sodium