What’s the deal with beets and cherries?

Endurance athletes have been consuming both beets and tart cherries for years due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.


Truthfully, I have never been a fan of either food.

Beets can be delicious if roasted on a salad with some citrus vinaigrette and some goat cheese and candied walnuts, but otherwise, I tend to feel like I’m eating a handful of dirt from my grandmother’s garden (not that I actually ever did that) whenever I eat beets.

Cherries I can also go either way with.


But this is 2021 and it’s time to try new things and make more messes in our kitchens.


I found this recipe in the newly released Runner’s Kitchen by 2017 Steeplechase World Champion Emma Coburn and made a few changes (namely added soy milk instead of almond milk).


I am pleasantly surprised!

Doesn’t taste like dirt!

Here are some of the other benefits of tart cherry juice and beet juice*

-source of melatonin: may help improve sleep

-treats gout (thankfully, I have not experienced this affliction. It does not sound pleasant at all.)

-promotes muscle recovery (sign me up!)

-improve stamina: increased time to exhaustion in studies

-lowers blood pressure and improves endothelial functioning


*Beets will turn your urine pink/red. You are not hemorrhaging, FYI. Everything is normal.


Here‘s the recipe I concocted:

Beet and Cherry Smoothie


2 cups frozen cherries

1 cup beet juice

1 cup vanilla soy milk

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp ginger, minced


add to blender and um, blend


optional: zest of lemon, lime, or orange


you can find Emma’s cookbook at: https://emmacoburn.com/collections/emma-coburn-shop/products/the-runners-kitchen-autographed-version




⬆️Beets and cherries are fine to give dogs. Just make sure the cherries have no pits. Beets may make their pee turn pink, too.

Stay well, FitFooters!


Betsy


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