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B y now, we have all heard about the benefits of juicing and consuming vegetable and fruit smoothies. Both are a very easy way to reach the suggested daily intake of fruits and vegetable. Plus, smoothies and juicing both have its share of wellness benefits which include aiding in regulating blood sugar, lowering cholesterol, boosting metabolism and energy levels and slimming the waist line.

Leafy greens like kale, spinach, and swiss chard are a very popular addition to fruit smoothies. Seeds like chia and flaxseeds are also popular additions. Certain seeds will assist with digestion and metabolism and are also packed with the much needed Omega 3s that fight cancer causing free radicals. Powders like hemp, super greens and proteins added to a smoothie will also increase its healthful benefits. Alkalizing nuts like almonds and walnuts and the extremely beneficial. Root plants, like ginger, are also possible additions to your smoothie. And as for fruits and vegetables, the combinations are endless. Strawberries, papaya, blueberries, raspberries, bananas, apples are all great fruits for smoothies. Carrots, avocados-- and as previously mentioned-- leafy greens, will also pack your drink with nutrition.

To get the powerhouse of health in one quick meal, try a smoothie as a meal replacement at least once a

day. There is much debate on when is the best time to

drink a smoothie whether i the decision is mornings, midday or evenings are better. However, mornings often edge out the other two meals as the preference.s for consumption.

To get you started with your smoothie lifestyle, we have tasty smoothie recipe you would be sure to love, and it also contains a great vegetable-- beets! We know your mother probably made you eat beets and you hate them to this day. But we are here to tell you, your mother was right! Beets have tons of healthful benefits, and in smoothies--they are amazing!

According to Mercola.com, beets can help with the following:

• Lower Blood Sugar

• Boost Stamina

• Fight Inflammation

• Anti-cancer properties

• Rich in valuable nutrition and fiber

• Detoxification support

Beet leaves are also excellent for fighting Alzheimer's, warding off osteoporosis and strengthening your immune system by stimulating the production of antibodies and white blood cells.

Check out the next page for an easy beet smoothie recipe courtesy of Rebecca Molander, RN, MSN, Regional Director of Wellness Services.