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Superfood Red Velvet Smoothie

Jan 29, 2021 08:30AM ● By Dr. Sarah Axtell

Dr. Sarah Axtell

This smoothie combines so many superfoods: beets, avocados, flax and cacao. Beets and beet greens support liver detoxification and are an excellent source of antioxidants and betaine. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, betaine helps liver cells clear toxins and protects cells and proteins from environmental stress.

In addition to promoting liver detoxification, this smoothie also supports a positive mood; both beets and avocados raise dopamine, our neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure, motivation, and attention.

Cheers to a healthy liver and a happy brain.

12 ounces unsweetened almond milk
½ to 1 raw beet
½ cup beet greens (stems removed)
1/4 avocado
1/4 cup frozen cherries
1 Tbsp ground flaxseeds
1 Tbsp cacao powder
1 scoop plant-based protein powder

Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend on high until smooth.

Sarah Axtell is a naturopathic doctor who helps people facing many different chronic health conditions, such as hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders and weight loss resistance. Her passion is using “food as medicine” with her patients. She has a private practice, Lakeside Natural Medicine, in Shorewood. Visit for more information.