Green Smoothies, Antioxidant Smoothies and Beet Smoothies – Day 3

Posted on March 5, 2011


Since I was a baby, there has been one vegetable that I have not been able to even look at without getting nauseous – the beet.  I remember going to the all-you-can-eat salad buffet with my parents as a teenager and having to look away from my Dad’s direction until he finished the beets on his plate.  So, you can imagine my parents’ surprise a few days ago when I told them about facing my nemesis.

I happened upon the We Love Rawfood! blog.  Naoko explained how even on a vegan, mostly raw diet, beets help detoxify the body even more.  Read more about her toddler’s story after having a beet smoothie one day!  I decided to bite my lip and give it a go.

But, it was a multi-step, work-up-to-it process.  I put beets on my shopping list, brought them home, but then that sat.  They sat lonely and helpless for at least 3 days in the refrigerator before I gathered up the courage to make my beet smoothie.

The smoothie turned out delicious and *beautiful!*  This was the most vibrant red smoothie I have ever seen.  Even strawberry smoothies turn out more of a brownish-red.  But not this one.  It was very pleasing to the eye, which helped me to take the first sip.

Beet Smoothie:

  • 1 large handful fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1 bag frozen strawberries
  • 2 beet bulbs, peeled and quartered
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax-seed
  • 3 cups almond milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons agave nectar

See Day 1 for my Green Smoothie Recipe and Day 2 for my Antioxidant Smoothie Recipe.