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Beetroot makes you run faster. You know that. We know that. Every runner on the planet who’s ever aimed for a PB knows that. We roast the sweet roots, make all manner of delicious dishes, run like the wind and pee pink and pretty. Yes, we love beetroot.
But what of their wonderful leaves? I seriously hope you don’t chop them off and chuck them. They’re so good for you it’s unreal. Where to start? They contain protein, fibre, iron, vitamins A and C and calcium, which I think you’ll agree is a fairly hefty punch for a bunch of streaky leaves.
This smoothie ups the nutritional ante even further by adding in coconut water, everyone’s favourite rehydrating drink. Throw in a heap of dried dates to replace lost electrolytes and ginger, which has anti-inflammatory properties, and you have the perfect post-run recovery drink. Or a wonderfully refreshing way to start your day, or perk you up in the afternoon. Or whenever. It’s a fantastic drink for anytime you want to treat your body right. Which is anytime, right?
I used a high-powered blender – my wonderful Froothie – to whizz up the beet greens. You’ll get there with a stick blender or slower model but it may take a while.
Note: I loved this with the banana in but my delightful taste testers preferred it without. I’d suggest making it without first and adding it in if you fancy your smoothie slightly sweeter and/or thicker. Continue reading