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
1/3-1/2 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.