The Benefits of Beetroot to Eye Health
For those living on the Gold Coast, beetroot has long been a staple in the diet, seen in salads and sandwiches for many years. In the past few years, we have seen an increase in the use of beetroot in juices. Cafes are offering raw juices containing beetroot as part of the regular juice alongside the once favourite, orange juice, often served in the mason jar with a straw for that extra special look. Gold Coasters are taking the juicing tips home too, making their own blends to get the health benefits on a daily basis.
Beetroot is a great vegetable for eye health and is a rich antioxidant. Beets are a fantastic source of beta-carotene, folate, manganese, potassium, vitamin c and iron. The greens of the raw beet contains Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which are highly beneficial to the eye, as it may prevent cataracts and has been shown to reduce the risk of macular degeneration.
This week’s recipe is for a Beetroot, Berry, Banana and Basil Smoothie. Along with the benefits of the beetroot juice, it also contains strawberries which are a great source of Vitamin C, and almond milk which is a fantastic source of Vitamin E, which when combined with carotenoids and Vitamin C, may reduce the risk of advanced AMD. Overall, it’s a great smoothie for eye health.
Beetroot, Berry, Banana & Basil Smoothie
- 1/4 cup fresh beetroot juice
- 6-8 large strawberries
- 1 handful fresh sweet basil, washed
- 1 super ripe banana
- 1 cup of almond milk
Blend all ingredients until smooth and well combined.
Last week’s post ‘Recipes for Eye Health: Kale‘ including the recipe for Atlantic Salmon on a Bed of Kale.
Recipe adapted from original in Nourish Magazine Vol 2. No 4. 2014
Smoothie image with basil from Cook and Glow