Beet Detox Smoothie

It’s the time of year when I’m ready to move on from the holidays, but instead find myself dealing with the dregs. The last few gifts still need to be mailed or purchased, decorations need to be put away and then there’s all that extra food begging to be dealt with.

This year we gave away all the sweets that were left lying around as Rob and I were both looking to make a clean start. The other leftovers? Well, I couldn’t quite bring myself to get rid of the cheese and pâtés and other indulgent treats, so we’ll just have to work on our moderation skills (wish me luck with that; it’s not my strong suit).

Lest you think we only feasted on unhealthy eats this holiday season, I’m also currently in possession of bags of fresh cranberries and Brussels sprouts, pecans and a mountain of sparkling water.

This smoothie recipe will help use up those leftover cranberries (should you have them laying around) as well as move you in the clean start direction – beets are great support for liver function and cranberries are loaded with antioxidants.

Make yourself a serving and you may not feel so guilty about finishing off that holiday pâté.

Beet Detox Smoothie

Makes 1 Generous Serving

1 raw beet, peeled

1/2 lemon, peel, pith and seeds removed

1/2 cup fresh cranberries

1 cucumber peeled

1/2 cup water, more as needed to reach desired consistency

1/2 avocado

Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and process until smooth.