It finally happened – I finally have come around to beets. Beets, besides bell peppers, are pretty much the only vegetable I’ll turn down. I don’t hate them, and in fact have enjoyed spiralized beets on salads quite a few times, but chunks of beets, slices of beets or whole beets have been real losers in my book. I dislike the flavour, so adding them to smoothies has been done in limited quantities — generally, I’ll only do it if the ratio of beet to berry is generous on the berry side.
This mix, however, contains a whole beet and it does taste distinctly beet-flavoured. But don’t let that turn you off (unless you, like my partner, like beets, then embrace it all day long)! Blueberries and raspberries work wonders to mellow out the beet, and added chia seeds give this a nice kick of protein, fibre, calcium and other essential nutrients.
This, like my green smoothie from last week, leaves you with a smoothie that feels light to drink but keeps you filled all day. It also gives you a really nice stain to your lips if, like me, you choose to just gobble it sloppily from the jar instead of using a straw like an adult. Whoooops. Oh well, now you can skip on lipstick.
Red-handed Beet Smoothie
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: N/A
Kitchen tools required: Blender, knives and cutting board, peeler
Allergen/diet information: Vegan, gluten-free, raw, nut-free option, soy-free
- One medium-sized red beet, peeled and chopped*
- One banana, chopped
- 80 ml (1/3 cup) fresh or frozen raspberries
- 60 ml (1/4 cup) fresh or frozen blueberries
- 60 ml (1/4 cup) unsweetened almond milk (or non-dairy milk of your choice)
- 30 ml ground our whole chia seeds (or flax seeds)
- 185 ml (3/4 cup) water, coconut water or orange juice
- Blend all ingredients on high until smooth.
- * If you don’t own a high-powered blender like a Vitamix or BlendTec, I highly recommend steaming the beets beforehand to make it easier on your blender.
That’s pretty much it — next week I’ll have a few interesting treats that actually aren’t smoothies, and my partner and I are currently developing a stuffed seitan loaf recipe we can’t wait to share!