Hello friends! I am finally back from travelling!
After spending a month wandering around New York City, Washington DC and Portland Oregon, I am glad to be back in Vancouver to the comfort of home (JK, dorm). Despite having the time of my life experiencing different cultures and going places, travelling can be a pain in the ass. First of all, my bank savings are not very happy with me; budgets were exceeded when I was having too much fun and I have to save on my living costs now. Secondly, post travelling chores like unpacking and laundry can be really tiring after sitting in a vehicle for almost an entire day. And thirdly, my skin condition suffered because I was overly exposed to the sun and was not having enough healthy meals and sleep.
I am not complaining, as I know that all good things come with a little trade-off. So after coming home from travelling, I vowed to cleanse all of the fatty greasy food that I consumed out of my system, hoping that my health and skin condition will get back on track. The first detox smoothie that I tried was recommended by my bestie and man, I am madly in love with it! I was never a huge fan of beetroot as the earthy smell can be a little bit too much sometimes, but this recipe with raspberries, apple and ginger really got me hooked on this red smoothie!
Beetroot stimulates the liver’s detoxification processes. The richness in fibre helps in preventing constipation and the high level of nitrate helps in reducing blood pressure. Betacyanin, the pigment that gives beetroot its purple colour, is also a great antioxidant and is thought to suppress the development of some types of cancer.
This might sound disgusting but after taking this smoothie, I couldn’t stop burping and farting, and my pee and poop turned pink! I was kinda shocked when I first looked into the toilet bowl, thinking that I’d become the bubblegum princess and started peeing pink liquid. ?? However, after some research, I learned that it is actually a common phenomenon called beeturia, which is caused by the excretion of betacyanin. One of the possible causes of beeturia is iron deficiency, which I definitely should absorb more right now!
As for the farting and burping, I guess that it is due to the ginger root in the smoothie. Good thing I didn’t eat any smelly gas-inducing food beforehand and was all by myself after taking this smoothie! LOL
- 1 Beetroot (diced)
- 1/2 Apple (diced)
- 1/2 cup Raspberries
- 1 tbsp Grated ginger
- 1 cup Water
- 1/2 cup Ice
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. Add or reduce water according to personal preference on texture.
The taste might be a little harsh at first if you’re not used to drinking beetroot or ginger, but I can assure you that the raspberries and apple made it so much better than having it on its own. I really like it for how it makes me feel after I have it. The excretion of pink urine and faeces and gas (not pink, BTW) made me feel really magical. Like rainbows and unicorns, you know? ?? But seriously though, I hope you like my first healthy recipe blog post. Let me know what you think about it if you do try it, and drop a comment below with your favourite detox smoothie/juice recipe! 😉
Disclaimer: All health claims in this blog post are based on my personal research and experience. I am not a health expert, I am just a student trying to share her findings in her healthy living journey.