Following the Wahls Protocol can be a difficult adjustment, especially in the veggie department. The Standard American Diet is lacking in most nutrients, so it’s easy to be overwhelmed with trying to consume 6-12 cups of various vegetables every day on Wahls.
I wondered how I’d all get it in when I began as well! If you’re someone who struggles with getting enough vegetables in their day, then this detoxifying beet smoothie can be a game changer for you.
One of the most common complaints that I hear from people about not eating enough vegetables is that it’s just not easy. They require prep time, many of them need to be cooked, and having to do that for every meal can be very overwhelming. It’s much easier to just pop open a bag of chips with your burger at the end of the day.
But y’all- not only is it not as hard as you think to eat 6-9 cups of veggies daily (per the Wahls Protocol), but our bodies NEED the nutrients. If we want to be healthy, vibrant, and youthful, then we need to prioritize our veggie intake.
The reason that this is my go-to smoothie is because beets are incredible at helping your body detoxify and they are great for liver health. With Lyme disease, our livers are usually compromised; so I try to help support it as much as possible.
So here’s the way I work my detoxifying beet smoothie: I wash, cut, and blend one big smoothie every 3 days. I split it into 3 quart-sized mason jars, and I drink one for lunch every day for 3 days. While the nutrient density does decrease over the 48 hour period it takes for me to drink it all, it’s much easier for me to only do it a couple of times a week.
Maybe some day in the future I’ll be feeling well enough to make one daily. I’m interested to give that a try for a while and see if it makes a difference with how I feel! But for now, I do one batch every 3 days.
Detoxifying Beet Smoothie
(Use all organic ingredients if possible- it’s important to make sure you maximize nutrients and minimize chemicals!)
- 1 large beet cut into quarters
- 1 large cucumber
- 3 large carrots
- 3 stalks of celery
- 1-2 inches of ginger
- 1 apple or 1 cup berries for Level 3 Wahls
- 1 avocado water kombucha, kefir, or coconut milk
Put everything into Level 3 Wahls and blend until it's all pureed.
Pour the detoxifying beet smoothie evenly into 3 quart-sized mason jars, and seal two of them with lids. I like to add ice to the one I’m going to be drinking immediately, and I drink it with these amazing straws.
I store two in the fridge for the next two days. When it’s time to drink them, I top the jar off with water or kombucha, and then give it a good shake before putting my straw in. That helps to thin it out a bit because being in the fridge seems to thicken it up.
Just by adding this smoothie to my lunch, I’m able to get half of my daily veggie intake in, which takes the pressure off of my dinner preparation!
Have you found an easy way to pack real veggies into your diet?