[Photograph: Carolyn Cope]

My eight-year-old is running a race at school next week, and I'm going to let her dope. Good parenting, right? What, was I multitasking so much during Lance Armstrong's Oprah interview that this is what I took away from it? Nope, not this time.

Before you call social services, read this: I'm letting her dope by drinking beet juice for breakfast.

I should probably have started by saying that this juice, with beets, carrots, ginger, apple, and clementine, is complex, sweet, and delicious. It's a beautiful bright red color. It's loaded with nutrients like folate, manganese, potassium, and magnesium. All of that is reason enough for me to spend the five morning minutes it will take to press this handful of simple ingredients through the juicer. (And don't tell my kid, but it's possible those are the real reasons for her high-power breakfast.)

But the idea of improving athletic performance in this series of short videos from Dr. Michael Greger piqued my curiosity. (Spoiler alert: a big arugula salad may be the best power meal of all. It's a Crisper Whisperer's dream come true.) The only kicker is you can't brush your teeth between the meal and your workout. No judgment, okay?

And if you just want to make a delicious glass of beety, juicy goodness and curl up with it on the couch, no judgment for that, either.

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About the author: Carolyn Cope is the voice behind the popular food and lifestyle blog Umami Girl, where she'll soon be releasing a free e-book filled with easy ways to incorporate more healthy, plant-based foods into your life. She is equal parts live-to-eat and eat-to-live and currently does both from London.


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