Magenta beets smoothie
Beet smoothies are one of my favorite ways to drink my veggies. I love the gorgeous magenta color that they bring to everything they come in contact with (including my hands). Beets can be an acquired taste if you did not grow up eating them. Several years ago, while living in North Dakota, my CSA harvest boxes were chocked full of beets and I would give them ALL away. I never even tried to find different ways to prepare them. They were the one vegetable that I refused to give the respect they deserved. They tasted like dirt to me, or what I imagined dirt to taste like….I’ve never actually eaten dirt. I had successfully hidden my disdain for beets from my children by never having them in our home. Then one day, my oldest son grabbed a bundle of beets and tossed them into our cart. Oh man, now I actually had to figure out a way to make these things edible and swallow them with a smile on my face.
Drink your veggies
Smoothies are amazing, aren’t they? The inventor of smoothies must have been a Mom. They are pure genius. I can put nearly anything in a smoothie and my family will eat it. Except maybe the time I tried to make a green smoothie with no sweeteners…that was like eating lawn clippings. Consequently, I’ve come a long way in regards to my smoothie concoctions. It’s no secret that all of my boys appreciate a delicious, refreshing smoothie. Accordingly, they know that I do not serve smoothies that are not loaded with nutrient-dense foods promising to deliver healthfulness. Have a veggie that your family despises? Try putting it in a smoothie. Behold the power of bananas, pineapple, honey and maple syrup that assist in successfully masking the offensive flavors of your family’s veggie nemesis. Another favorite smoothie of mine is my Tropical turmeric smoothie.
How to prepare beets for smoothies
1. Roast in the oven: Wrap beets in foil or place in a covered ceramic baking dish, roast at 375 for 45-55 mins
2. Steam: Keep skins on and cut into fourths. Place in a pot with 1 1/2 inches water on the bottom, inside a steamer basket. Steam for 12-15min
After you have prepared your beets using your chosen method, pierce them with a sharp knife and peel the skins off (wear gloves if you don’t want your hands temporarily stained). Cut them into cubes and store in the fridge for a few days or the freezer for up to 3 months. Of course, you may also puree them and freeze them in ice-cube trays (great to have on hand to throw in other recipes, or if you have a baby at home). Moreover, there is nothing saying that you cannot use raw beets if you so desire. However, cooking them brings out a more vibrant color and flavor. Cooked beets also blend easier into your smoothie. Beets come in a variety of colors too. Some of them are bright yellow or orange. Try them all.
Health benefits of beets
It’s no secret that beets offer various nutritional perks. Beets are an exceptional source of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. They are a superfood and there are many claims that these root vegetables can have a positive impact on high blood pressure, inflammation, cancer, digestion, and eye-health to name a few. The bright color of these root vegetables indicates that they are full of phytonutrients (betalains). In addition, beets also support your bodies natural detoxification process. Beets are high caliber vegetables, worthy of your attention. Next time you see them at the grocery store or farmer’s market grab a few and try them in your next smoothie.
high blood pressure– fiber and antioxidants, naturally occurring nitrates, potassium
inflammation– contain betaine which protects our body’s from stress-related inflammation
anti-cancer– phytonutrients provide an excellent source of antioxidants
digestion– high in fiber, vitamin C
prevents birth defects– B vitamin folate
eye-health– beta carotene is a potent form of vitamin A and works to defend the eyes against free radicals
If you need more convincing, feel free to take some more time, and do your own research on the many health benefits of these non-starchy veggies.
~Beet smoothie monotony and drink one today~
|Prep Time:||5 min|
|Total Time:||5 min|
|Yield:||1-2 smoothies /2.5 c|
* 1/2 cup carrot juice (or choose a sweeter juice if preferred)
* 1 cup frozen cherries
* 1/2 cup chopped beets, cooked or raw (about one small beetroot)
* 1/4 cup pineapple
* 1/4 cup frozen blueberries, pomegranate seeds, raspberries or blackberries
* 1/2-1 whole banana (optional- adds sweetness)
* 1 Tbs Raw Honey
* 1 Tbs Chia Seeds
2. If ever you happen to have extra smoothie leftover, make popsicles or freeze in ice-cube trays and add to future smoothies.
3. If you try the smoothie and it is not sweet enough for you add more honey or maple syrup to taste.