BEET-ING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Beetroot juice has been shown to help people lower their blood pressure within six hours. The reason it works so fast is that beets contain dietary nitrate, which your body converts to a gas that expands blood vessels and aids blood flow This simple smoothie from nutritionist Dana White, R.D., contains a heart-health trifecta of nitrate, magnesium and potassium. You can find cooked beets in your supermarket produce case or salad bar — or roast your own!PINEAPPLE – BEET BLASTPrep time: 5 minutes Serves 21/2 cup sliced, cooked beets1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple chunks1/4 cup celery leaves1 cup vanilla almond milk1/2 cup fresh orange juiceCombine all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth. Divide between 2 chilled glasses. (Makes 3 cups)As seen in Prevention magazine – August, 2013