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.
- 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