Sunday, July 1, 2012

Beet and raspberry "Grink" smoothie

Still struggling with the color of your green smoothie? Yet trying to increase you or your kids' s vegetable intake? I've got the perfect combination smoothie for you!

Try this:
1 raw beet, peeled and sliced
1 nectarine or peach
1 cup frozen raspberries
3-4 cups kale, swiss chard or spinach
juice of 1/2 lemon
2tbsp chia seeds
2-3 cups water
sweeten to taste with stevia powder or any other natural sweetener (except sugar)

Blend until you obtain a creamy smooth texture. Your smoothie will look something like this:

So even though you have lots of greens in there, the beet and the raspberry definitely win and give it a beautiful bright pink color.

If you think beets have an earthy taste and you usually avoid them like pest, now is the time to try this recipe. The fruits and stevia counterbalance the earthy taste and the lemon juice gives it a nice tangy twist. You can also add more fruits to your smoothie if you are extra sensitive to that taste. Beets are an excellent source of iron, magnesium, calcium, and phosperous! They are also considered a fiber food and contain vitamins A and C as well as niacin! 
Beets contain folic acid which is necessary for the production and maintenance of new cells. This is especially important for pregnant women or anyone undergoing physical healing. And lastly, they are an excellent immunity booster, detoxifier and a cancer fighting food.

And did you know that you can also eat the beet leaves? They are excellent, sauteed in the pan with a little bit of olive oil, garlic and salt. Not bitter at all. 

So no excuse, go and buy yourself some beets and try that smoothie. Look at what happened to ours:

A little heads up though: if you have a regular blender, like my Ninja Master Prep, or an Oster or something like that, it might be hard to get a really smooth texture, because the beet is a really hard vegetable. Make sure you blend long enough and add more liquid or a little bit of orange juice if you like.

For a perfectly sweet smoothie, check out the 3hp Omni V blender, by clicking on the logo in the right margin of this page. This will blend as well as a Vitamix or Blendtec for about half the price. I'm saving up for one and will do video demos once I have it in my kitchen!

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