Friday, October 8, 2010

Hot Pink Smoothie

I was excited about Janey's green smoothie post so I thought I'd post about the hot pink smoothies I make.  I have smoothies everyday for breakfast and alternate between the green and hot pink ones.  I'm no Green Smoothie Girl, but this is my version of her recipe.

1-2 cups water (or you can use coconut water or a mixture of water and coconut water)
1/2 medium beet
5-7 baby carrots (or 1 medium carrot peeled)
3-6 dates depending on size (pitted, of course)
1/4-1/3 cup nuts (I mainly use walnuts b/c they are cheapest at Costco.  But I've also used cashews and pecans)
2 tbsp flax seeds
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 banana
1/3-1/2 cup kefir (or 2 tbsp yogurt) - any flavor
1 tsp vanilla
8-12 frozen strawberries

Chop your ingredients and blend away!  I use a regular Oster blender for my smoothies.  I find that the more liquid I use, the better the blending process goes.  I usually blend all the non-frozen ingredients really well before adding the strawberries.  This usually makes a 3/4 blender size smoothie for me.  Enjoy!!

TIP:  I buy my beets with as much stem and leaf that I can find.  I cut the green leafy part off, wash really well and use that in my green smoothies.  I cut the red stems off, wash really well and use those in my pink smoothies.  So, nothing except the beet peel and root gets thrown out.


Jan said...

Hot Pink Smoothie! I've never heard of it! I can't wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe!

Heather said...

i almost... almost bought fresh beets at the store yesterday. but i didn't dare. i wasn't sure what to do with them. i've only eaten beets once and i really liked them. but i don't know how to prepare them. do you have to cook them before you put them in this smoothie? wait - i'm confused... do you only use the stem in the smoothie ... and then bake the root? do you eat the root? please - tell all! :)

Tricia said...

everything is raw - even the beet. Just peel it, cut it and add it to blender. Stem is added raw as well. I cut off root, the long pointy tip of the beet, and throw it away. have fun, if you end up buying beets sometime.