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Recipe: The Sweet Roots Smoothie

Sweet Roots Smoothie
The Sweet Roots Smoothie (Photo: Jennifer Kass for Well+Good)

The best way to come down from a holiday feast and curb your cravings for sweets? Sweet roots.

Let us explain: Nutrient-packed root vegetables, like beets and carrots, have an energetic grounding effect, particularly after coming off a sugar high, induced at the holiday table.

Beets are considered a liver tonic, and contain anti-inflammatory betalains along with your old friend tryptophan to relax the mind. Carrots contain beta carotine, which is good for your eyes and writing out all those holiday cards. Tangerine provides necessary acid and a boost of vitamin C.

The natural sugars in this trio means you’re not going totally cold turkey—you’re just retraining your palate off candied yams and pumpkin pie.

And because we’ve added plant protein with hemp milk, the sugar is absorbed by your body more slowly. Hemp milk packs in 11 grams of protein in 3 tablespoons. To make your own, just throw the hemp seeds in the blender, add your desired amount of filtered water, and blend for homemade milk.

We’ll be blending up this seasonal root veggie smoothie all month long, sparing ourselves the sugar comas of baked goods galore. —Jennifer Kass

The Sweet Roots Smoothie

1 small beet, chopped
1 small carrot, chopped
1 tangerine, peeled
1/2 cup filtered water or hemp milk

Blend and enjoy!