Smoothies are a tasty and easy way for us to pack more nutritious, colorful foods into our diets. And, this pineapple ginger smoothie is loaded with the immune-boosting purple power of beets!
Did you know that the saying, “taste the rainbow” is actually really good advice? No, I’m not talking about Skittles… There’s a rainbow of colors that occur naturally in wholesome fruits and vegetables! And, the plant compounds that create those pigments provide us with different nutrients.
So, by eating a variety of fruits and veggies, we ensure that our bodies get a healthy variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other micronutrients. But, if you’re not a fan of beets, this pineapple ginger smoothie is a deliciously sweet way to take advantage of their purpl-icious nutrients!
Usually, we think of green veggies—especially leafy greens—as being especially healthy, like spinach, kale, and broccoli. And, those green foods are certainly nutritious choices! But, remember, we need a VARIETY of different nutrients.
So, eat with your eyes and taste that natural rainbow! Red, yellow, purple, and even some white foods (like fiber-rich and cancer-fighting cauliflower) offer us unique nutrients that help to fend off illnesses and chronic disease.
And, that’s because those pigments protect the plants from damage in their natural environment, like weather damage or UV rays.
Similarly, this purple pineapple ginger smoothie contains powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, thanks to the purple pigments in beets and red pigments in raspberries!
Packing Purple Power into your Pineapple Ginger Smoothie
The betalains that give red beets their deep purple color have a detoxifying effect in the human body, and can help to fight off chronic inflammation.
And, beets are also rich in immune-boosting vitamin C, which acts as a free-radical-fighting antioxidant and helps slow the aging process.
Most impressively, beets are chock-full of dietary fiber. Altogether, in this purple pineapple ginger smoothie, you’ll sip up over 10% of your recommended daily fiber intake!
And, fun fact: beets have the highest natural sugar content of any vegetable! That makes them scrumptiously sweet AND savory, with the classically earthy taste of a winter root vegetable.
Raspberries are one of the most antioxidant-rich foods on the planet—much like their superfood-berry cousins, blueberries and acai berries. And, it’s the anthocyanins that give raspberries their red pigment which also give US incredible anti-oxidizing benefits!
Many research studies have found that blueberries and raspberries can have disease-fighting and anti-cancerous effects. In particular, certain phytochemicals in raspberries—ellagitannins—can actually kill certain types of human cancer cells, like oral, cervical, and prostate cancer cells.
And, you can use frozen raspberries in your pineapple ginger smoothie to cut down on cost! The berries are flash-frozen at their peak time of freshness, preserving their color and all of those incredible nutrients.
Free-Radical Fighting Pineapple Ginger Smoothie!
And we can’t forget about the ginger in this pineapple GINGER smoothie! Rich in gingerols, it’s one of the most potent anti-inflammatory foods on the planet! And it adds a fun, zesty zing into the mix of sweet pineapple, tangy raspberries, and earthy beets.
Can you say flavor ADVENTURE?! You can’t BEET the delicious purple power in this pineapple ginger smoothie!