Now I read somewhere that beets had a sweet taste of sorts, but before you try this recipe, please note that this juice isn't sweet. Kind of rustic tasting. Maybe it's the beets, maybe it's the kale. Who knows. I'll probably try it again with some sweeter fruits to see if it makes a difference. But the redeeming factor is that is chock full of good things for you. That, I can live with. :-)
Beet It Smoothie
1 medium sized beet (peeled and sliced thinly)
a handful of raspberries (I used frozen ones)
a handful of kale
pineapple and some of the pineapple juice (if your pineapple is canned) (I used 3 rings)*
a dollop of agave
* If you cannot use fresh pineapple, then try frozen pineapple chunks or canned pineapple that is in pineapple juice, not heavy syrup.
Place all ingredients in a blender. Add enough water to reach desired consistency. (I added enough to make a blender full of smoothie drink. (At first this drink is the consistency of a juice, but as it sits, it thickens...or you could use less water.)
If all ingredients are room temperature, then pour smoothie over a glass of ice. To create a cold smoothie, use frozen bananas or add crushed ice to blender instead of water.
- Beets - a powerful antioxidant that provides benefits to eye health and overall nerve tissue health, has anti-inflammatory properties, aides in detoxing the body, anti-cancer and has dietary fiber
- Kale - antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, lowers cholesterol, aides in detoxification
- Pineapples - high in Vitamin C, anti-inflammatory & digestive aides, boosts immune system support, aides in protection against macular degeneration
- Raspberries - antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, aides in the management of obesity and Type-2 diabetes, anti-cancer benefits
- Bananas - one of our best sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function, protects against stomach ulcers and ulcer damage, eases constipation, protects eyesight, builds better bones by improving the body's ability to absorb calcium, promotes kidney health
After all that, the lasting impression on my mind was, I wonder if I could dye fabrics or yarn with the pretty red juice from beets? SMH