Beet Collagen Latte
Updated: Feb 14, 2019
GF | DF | Paleo
For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’m pretty much obsessed with Turmeric Latte’s. I cannot get enough of them, especially during these cold winter months when all I’m craving is warming and comforting foods. I don’t drink coffee, only tea, so taking the time to make myself a Turmeric Latte is my chance to give myself a break from my day and enjoy a warming and delicious treat in the afternoon - all while enjoying the fantastic benefits of Turmeric! (If you’re yet to take the leap and try a Turmeric Latte for yourself, I encourage you to give it a shot. Head to the ‘highlights’ section of my Instagram for a full step-by-step on how to make one at home and let me know what you think!)
That said, last Summer I was out for a run in my neighbourhood and was enjoying a guided run on the Nike Running App. While I always use the Nike Running App to track all my runs, I rarely take advantage of their guided run feature, but this particular day I decided to give it a try. I scrolled through the list of runs and came across one titled ‘Fuel the Run with Shalane’, an interview with Olympic runner Shalane Flanagan as she shares her passion for running and the fuel that powers it. It was here, throughout my 35 minute run, that I was introduced to Shalane’s cookbook ‘Run Fast Eat Slow’ and the incredible passion she, and her fellow runner/co-author, have for using the right foods, and nutrition, as fuel. As soon as my run was over I immediately hopped online to do more research into Shalane and Elyse and see if I could find some of their recipes; it was there I came across this recipe for one of my favourite smoothies to-date: Can’t Beet Me Smoothie. As someone who LOVES beets, I look for any way possible to incorporate them into my diet, yet it never occurred to me to use them in a smoothie. (Duh.) Needless to say, this smoothie makes me SO happy for its fresh taste (the ginger is such a perfect touch), its jam-packed nutritional content (more below about how incredible beets are), and the fact that it’s stupidly easy to make.
So, when I was brainstorming a valentines-themed recipe for this love-filled time of year, I decided that I would combine my love for warming, power-packed drinks, with delicious nutrient-dense, beet smoothies. And voilà, enter the Beet Collagen Latte! It’s a fabulous and beautifully vibrant way to start your day and give your liver a little hug while you’re at it.
The Beauty of Beets
When I say that beets are a nutritious power-house, I wasn’t lying. If there is one vegetable you should start incorporating into your diet today, let it be beets. Here’s why:
Beets are rich in betaine, a substance that helps protect the liver and encourages the liver cells to get rid of toxins. Betaine also helps to stimulate the flow of bile, and also works to improve enzymatic activity to break down fat. Increased bile flow can also help prevent gallstones & other illnesses.
Beets are rich in iron, potassium, niacin, copper and vitamin C.
Beets also contain folic acid (great for expecting mothers), zinc, calcium, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus.
Beet greens are particularly high in Vitamin A, iron and calcium. (Although this recipe doesn’t include the beet greens, don’t throw them away. Toss them in with your next smoothie or sauté them like you would any other collard green.) Vitamin A is important as it has a major role in vision and eye health, as well as supporting the immune system.
Beets are super anti-inflammatory.
Beets are high in detoxifying fibre.
One of my favourite benefits of beets are the way they support the liver. When our liver becomes overloaded, it can no longer work efficiently to rid the body of toxins. When toxins are not released, they are instead reabsorbed into the body, causing toxic chemicals to circulate through the blood. As mentioned before, betaine is a substance found in beets that helps to stimulate the flow of bile. Stagnant bile can result in poor skin tone, acne, blood clotting, poor vision, immune dysfunction, and a liver that cannot work to rid the body of toxic chemicals.
Beet Latte Recipe Options
Before we get to the recipe, I just wanted to list a few ways that this recipe can be tweaked, as I know that the taste of beets is not for everyone. Experiment with a few different ‘add-ons’ until you find something that works for you:
I used homemade almond milk in this recipe, but you can use any nut milk you like. (I would just stay away from full-fat (canned) coconut milk.)
Sweeten it with anything you like: honey, maple syrup, date syrup, coconut sugar etc.
If you have a high speed blender, like a Vitamix, then there is no-need to roast the beet. Throw it in raw and let it do its magic.
There are a few additional supplements you can add to ‘boost’ your latte, such as protein, maca, ashwagandha, MCT oil, greens powder etc. Just be careful not to over-do it and let the power of the beets speak for themselves.
Do you think you can be converted to be a beet latte lover? Don't forget to take a photo of your creations and tag them #wholesiticway on Instagram.