The benefits of beets are huge: They help to purify the blood, enhance circulation, and support the kidneys... and that’s just the beginning. Unfortunately, not everyone likes beets. This recipe leans on the inherent sweetness and creaminess of roasted beets, but is balanced with citrus and acai flavors. A delicious and unique healthy treat. Reprinted with permission from Superfood Smoothies  © 2013 by Julie Morris, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photography by Julie Morris
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Our friends over at ShakeStir have asked the nearly 2,000 (and growing) bartenders in their community to submit signature cocktail recipes for potential coverage on The Daily Meal. Each Wednesday**, the drink that snags the most 5-star ratings (according to his or her ShakeStir peers) will be featured on The Daily Meal — along with a recipe, photo, and link to the selected bartender's profile — as part of the new weekly "Hump Day" Cocktail series. This week's winner takes us back to Indian Summer: the Acai Vitae, created by bartender Luis Hernandez. Hernandez says of the acai drink, it's "a  light and refreshing cocktail, filled with freshness and acidity, and great for a hot day." Thanks to our bartender friends at ShakeStir for contributing, and stay tuned for more Hump Day Cocktails! *We know it's a bit late, but hey, it's a shortened week! 
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Owen’s ‘Barry’ Pops
These frozen pops take just a few minutes to make and work with any ripe, luscious fruit. I named this recipe for the way my son, Owen, spelled “strawberry” when he helped me develop the recipe. I’m a fan of the pre-frozen pop molds made by Zoku; keep them in the freezer and they’re ready to make fully formed ice pops in 7 to 9 minutes! I’ve suggested several mix-ins to further boost the pops’ nutritional benefits. — Shari Koolik Leidich, author of Two Moms in the Raw: Simple, Clean, Irresistible Recipes for Your Family's Health.
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Hemp-Smoked Seitan Sweetbreads with Sun-Dried Wheatgrass Liver
In her breathlessly anticipated new cookbook, Organs for Vegans, actress and Spanish food expert Gwyneth Paltrow offers this difficult-to-make and frankly not very tasty mélange of vegetable innards. "People are surprised when they learn that non-meat offal even exists," says the lithe blonde, who writes her own cookbooks. "But think about it: cabbage has heads, artichokes have hearts, so why shouldn't wheatgrass have a liver?" In addition to this unusual "sweetbread" and "liver" preparation, Paltrow offers recipes for such unexpected delights as Parsnip Spleen Croquettes, Kohlrabi Jowl Sliders with Chia Mayonnaise, and, for readers with a sweet tooth, an agave-syrup-sweetened Loquat Kidney Upside-Down Cake.
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Get Glowing Breakfast Smoothie Bowl
This health-giving bowl is fiber-rich, vitamin-rich, antioxidant-rich, lipid-rich and full of skin-protective and glow-giving minerals selenium, copper, and zinc, plus it has the added boost of Glow Inner Beauty powder with pre- and probiotics to keep your gut happy and skin radiant. — Carla Oates, author of The Beauty Chef
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the simple green smoothie formula Rebel Kitchen
The crew at Rebel Kitchen loves their greens almost as much as they love their coconut mylks. If you’re not down for chewing on raw spinach, this smoothie is your new best friend. Blended with some fruity additions and fancy toppings, you’ll begin to ​love kale as much as the rest of the world. ​Use mylk instead of water for an added nutrient boost and hint of sweet.
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Combine pomegranate, acai, and chia seeds? You’ve got a superfood league in a glass!
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energy bites
If you are on the go or want a sweet and healthy snack, try these healthy bites. Fueling your body with raw ingredients will give you the most energy when you're running around.
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Like Brazil itself, our Bloody Paulistano is at once rustic and modern, with traditional notes of tomato and horseradish mingling with tropical açaí, a fried plantain garnish and, naturally, cachaça.  One sip of this effortlessly breezy cocktail will transport you below the equator, whether you’re here in Brazil or half a world away.
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Winter’s Thaw Cooler Punch
Açai-blueberry vodka mixes with fruit forward pinot noir in this berry-blasted punch cocktail. This fruity drink is sure to bring your party to life.
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kate's kona bowl
Inspired by her Ironman race (one of many) in Kona, Hawaii, this açaí bowl swaps low-cal maple water for more caloric and too-sweet coconut water or apple juice.This recipe is provided by created by Kate Weiler, co-founder of DRINKmaple, cookbook author, and sports nutritionist.
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superfood pie
If you have been making apple pie for the past several years, try something new, exciting, and healthy. This superfood pie combines fresh berries and a flaky, whole-wheat crust.
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