DWIGHT SCHRUTE SMOOTHIE AKA RED VELVET RECOVERY SMOOTHIE

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I’ve been OBSESSED with beets lately. I feel like they are way underrated as far as “super foods” go. If you are a runner or workout, beets should be your new BFF. I’m currently ramping up for my next ultramarathon in December (a 50 miler in Florida) so I’ve been eating or drinking beets just about everyday.

WHY BEETS ARE AWESOME

  • They help with athletic performance due to the dietary nitrates in them. Studies have shown consuming beets help amount of oxygen required to maintain a given level of moderate exercise decreased, which means you can go faster and further with less effort. Note: blood nitrate levels peak within 2–3 hours of consuming them. To maximize their potential, it's best to consume beets 2–3 hours before training or competing. Check out this article from Runner’s World.

  • They have both soluble and insoluble fiber. Fiber helps keep you regular, detox and keep your weight in check. Fun fact, most Americans are lacking fiber in their diet. (Not to be TMI, but when you start incorporating beets in your diet, they will turn your poop and pee an interesting shade of red.) Beets will help keep your digestion going, which if you are on the sensitive side, it’ best to start with a lower amount of beets in your diet just to make sure you don’t end up running to the bathroom.

  • Lowers blood pressure. Beets' high nitrate content is what produces the blood pressure lowering effects. The body converts nitrates from beets into nitric oxide in the body. The nitric oxide then relaxes blood vessels and increases oxygen and blood flow which lowers blood pressure.

So when should I be consuming beets?

You get the most bang for your beet buck when you consume beets 2-3 hours before you workout. Studies have shown that a consistent consumption of beets helps you in the long run too, which is why I’m doubling down on my beets.

How much should I be consuming?

Studies say that 16oz of beet juice is a good amount to drink daily. I switch it around from drinking it (I grab beet juice from Trader Joe’s or from Pressed Juicery.) to eating them (roasted beets, beet smoothies, and beet hummus.)

Ok, now time for my new favorite smoothie. The color and the taste remind me of a red velvet cake. Also, when consuming a ton of beets, you can’t not think of the OG beet master: Dwight Schrute.

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DWIGHT SCHRUTE SMOOTHIE AKA RED VELVET RECOVERY SMOOTHIE

  • 2 small steamed baby beets from Trader Joes

  • 1/3 cup cherries

  • 1 small banana

  • 1 teaspoon maca

  • 1 teaspoon ashwagandha

  • 1 scoop Vega Protein Powder

  • 2 teaspoons cacao nibs

  • almond milk to your desired consistency (I used about 1/3 a cup)

Mix everything in a high speed blender. Top with granola, coconut flakes, or whatever your little heart desires.

Hope you guys enjoy this recipe and all the awesomeness of beets!