• Spencer Elizabeth

Love Your Liver Smoothie


I’m not sure about you, but now that the holidays are over, I’m looking forward to supporting my nutritional needs by focusing specifically on one of the most important organs in our bodies – the liver. The liver is the main organ of detoxification. It is responsible for metabolizing fats, carbs, and proteins, along with balancing our hormones, and is also very helpful with our digestion.


This Love Your Liver Smoothie is a sure way to support your liver function and get you back on track. You will not only feel refreshed, but you will also feel good about making an effort, and the choice to feel your absolute best!



Nutritional Highlights


BEETS

Beets are one of the best liver-loving foods! Full of antioxidants, folate, pectin, betalains and betaine, beets help to naturally cleanse the blood and support healthy liver function. Beets help to stimulate bile flow which breaks down toxins, and their fiber content helps to flush out toxins from the body.


BLUEBERRIES

Blueberries are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant phytonutrients that help to support the liver and protect it from damage. Blueberries also help to increase immune cell response, lower inflammation and their antioxidants help to slow the development of lesions, fibrosis, and scar tissue in the liver.


TURMERIC

Turmeric has been shown to improve liver function, having both protective and regenerative properties. Turmeric may help reduce free radical damage as well. It also supports bile production to help digest fats and excrete fat soluble toxins.



Smoothie Ingredients:

2/3 cup beets, roasted + chopped + frozen

2 cups organic blueberries + frozen

1 tsp fresh turmeric

1 tsp fresh ginger

1 cup unsweetened nut milk of choice

1 orange, juiced


Choose 1-2 Super Food Toppings (Optional):

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp hemp seeds

1 tbsp flax seeds

1 tbsp goji berries

1 tbsp maca powder


Directions:

Chop beets into 1/2 in cubes and roast in the oven for 45-50 min at 400 degrees. Once the beets are cooked, allow to cool and then freeze. Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth!


Makes 1-2 servings


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References

Bauman, E. & Friedlander, J. (2015). Foundations of Nutrition Textbook. Penngrove, CA.

Murray, M., Pizzorno, J. & Pizzorno, L. (2005). The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. New

York, NY: Atria Books.

The 16 Best Foods for Liver Health - DrJockers.com. (2019). Retrieved from

https://drjockers.com/16-best-foods-liver-health/


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