Isn’t that the most delightful ice cream you’ve ever seen? Can you believe I made it at home in my NutriBullet, without any artificial ingredients!? That beautiful magenta color is courtesy of the fabulous beet! This past week my son ate a little sour cream which started the cycle of him getting sick. He was coughing the next day, and was exposed to dust and dogs which made him worse. By the third day, he was a crabby little coughing mess. Time for a liver detox!
Unfortunately, with a six-year-old a liver detox is easier said than done. “Here son, drink this carrot beet juice down. Tastes a little strong? No worries.” That would happen NEVER. Thankfully I am really good at making healthy food fun for him, now that I have five years experience and a creative mind. Summer has arrived and I have been making banana based ‘ice cream” (blending up frozen bananas) and experimenting with other ingredients. We have done chocolate peanut butter banana, nectarine banana and avocado banana, all which went down the six-year-old hatch without a fight, thanks to a healthy dose of local raw honey. (Which incidentally is great for treating seasonal allergies! More on that in a later post.)
Not only are beets full of vitamins and minerals, they are important in our diet because they fight inflammation by providing a nutrient called betaine, which protects cells, proteins and enzymes for environmental stress. Betaine is essential in liver detoxification. Beets are also a great source of the B vitamin folate which is especially important DNA generation and repair, as well as cell division. Dietary folate is especially important for pregnant women, as it is necessary to develop the neurological system of a fetus. *Note folate is not the same as the synthetic folic acid found in prenatal vitamins. Folic acid is not absorbed the same by the body, so make sure you are eating whole real foods if you are pregnant! Read more about the difference in folate vs. folic acid here.
Pink Detox Ice Cream
by: Mommy Lives Clean
1 small roasted beet, skin removed
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 tablespoon raw, local honey
optional ingredients: cocoa powder, frozen blueberries
1.) Chop up and freeze the beet, avocado and banana. I just put them all on a plate for a few hours in the freezer.
2.) Once frozen, add to the Nutribullet or high-speed blender.
3.) Add other ingredients and blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately before it melts!
Beets have a strong taste, so if it is too much for you, try adding a little more honey or some cocoa powder. Chocolate had a way of perfectly hiding the beets!
Do you have any special ways of hiding veggies for your kids? Let me know in the comments below, I am always looking for new ways to feed my kids healthy.
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