Beet It Smoothie {Recipe}


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This week's smoothie pays homage to the root vegetable - the beet.  Yes, the beet.  Now, I will admit that I've never really had beets before.  I sampled a piece of the pickled kind you see on salad bars a super long time ago.  So long ago that I don't even recall it's taste.  The only impression left in my mind was that I never wanted to taste beets again.  But here I am, some odd years later, making a 5-week supply of beet juice.  Time brings about a change.

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
(4-5 servings)

Ingredients:
1 medium sized beet (peeled and sliced thinly)
a handful of raspberries (I used frozen ones)
a handful of kale
1 banana
pineapple and some of the pineapple juice (if your pineapple is canned) (I used 3 rings)*
water
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.


Directions:
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.


Health Benefits:
  • 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

7 comments:

  1. It looks delicious! I don't care much for beets but Jim really likes them. They are a bit earthy. It sounds like sweeter fruits will take care of that. :) I bet this smoothie will make a great fabric dye. LOL

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  2. I have only tried pickled beets in the salad before and I don't think I can find them fresh anywhere, as well as the kales -we don't have that kind of greens where I live. But yes, it looks delicious!!

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  3. You are a brave girl. I just can't do the beet thing. But that is a gorgeous color to dye things with. :)

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  4. Beets are so deceiving. Their color resembles raspberries, but they taste nothing like them. When I first started juicing I would put them in whole with the skin on. Gross!! It made the juice taste like dirt. Now I remove the skin and it's really not as bad. Glad you decided to give them another try!!

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  5. Of course I'm going to try this! Look good!!!

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  6. It looks good, it's such a beautiful color. I love smoothies and juicing...I just recently tried a beet for the first time ever. I juiced it along with an apple and celery. It was different, but I liked it and just bought another bunch of beets to juice and I might just try this smoothie! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Marissa

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