The average person doesn’t consume enough antioxidants, primarily because they don’t eat the rainbow. This dietary concept involves eating fruits and vegetables of all different colors. From red beets and cranberries to leafy greens and blueberries, the antioxidants in these produce items help to reduce free radical damage in the body. They also exhibit anti-inflammatory properties and may enhance immune function, something everyone can benefit from during the holidays.
Cranberries have a very short season, spanning from late fall to early winter. These powerful antioxidant superstars may aid digestion, balance blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and boost the immune system. Cranberries happen to be an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps to nourish cells in the body. Beets also have lots of antioxidants that may help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the body. One antioxidant, betalain, is a plant pigment that has exhibited an ability to lower inflammatory markers and optimize immune function.
The flavor combination of cranberries and beets would be a bit odd without other flavors that paint the best flavorful backdrop. Both the bananas and dates provide a sweetness and creaminess that create a harmonious marriage of flavors. You do have the option to use freshly squeezed orange juice in place of the homemade almond milk, but that will increase the level of tartness. That’s why we recommend the almond milk, which is very easy to make. Should you desire the orange juice, though, you may need to add a couple more dates to mellow the tartness.
- Prep Time:5m
- Total Time:5m
- 1 red small beet, peeled and cubed
- 1 banana, peeled and frozen overnight
- 1/2 c fresh cranberries
- 1/2 c blueberries, frozen overnight
- 1/2 c homemade almond milk
- 2 Medjool dates, pitted
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- You may need to add more homemade almond milk, depending on how easily the ingredients blend together.
- Pour into a large cup and enjoy.