Beet Smoothie

by Callie England on August 8, 2010

First – I want to say that I was beside myself with excitement to see my Corn Cakes recipe featured in this month’s Crazy Sexy Life Newsletter (The Monthly Muse, to be exact… cute name, eh) – you guys rock! If you’re not subscribing to their newsletter, then a) Shame on you, and b) get over there and sign up!

Thanks again, CSL!

Last week, Gena from Choosing Raw wrote a great post about the important role soluble fiber plays in our diet. This post made me realize that us raw foodies (or, everyone for that matter) should be a bit more careful about over consuming insoluble fiber without an adequate amount of soluble fiber to balance it all out. What Gena pointed out, is that the imbalance of soluble to insoluble fiber in a raw food diet (usually due to the avoidance of cooked starch) can slow down the digestion and create a little bit of a back up… Can we say, bloating? Yes, unfortunately we can – especially with the massive amounts of insoluble fiber we tend to consume. To counteract this, I wanted to create a few smoothies that utilize beets and provide the body with that much needed soluble fiber.

Beets are great – and they really are one of my favorite foods. Their color, their taste, their everything. I heart them in a big way. Unfortunately though, not everyone feels the same way I do. Because of this, I figured smoothies would be the best way to mask enhance the flavor of raw beets.

If you’ve never worked with beets, let me warn you, they’re messy. I usually pull out the plastic cutting board when prepping beets, as they stain just about anything they touch (this includes, your hands). However, it’s at least a gorgeous fuchsia mess – which if you ask me, is the best kind of mess.

See, a fuchsia mess… Love it.

Citrus – Beet Smoothie

1 large beet (or a few small)
2 oranges (peeled)
1 lime (peeled)
1 T lemon juice
1 scoop of vanilla or plain protein powder (rice or pea) – optional.
sweetener of choice
1 cup of water (only if needed to move everything in blender)

In a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.

sorry about the above image – I obviously effed up the lighting somehow.

I loved this smoothie – seriously, I want to make it for all the beet skeptics out there – just to prove that raw beets really are delicious.

Red Monster Smoothie

1 large beet (or a few small)
1/2 C frozen cherries
1 C frozen strawberries
1 T lemon juice
1 scoop vanilla or plain protein powder (pea or rice) – optional.
sweetener of choice
1 C water (more or less blender depending)

In a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.

Mmmm, another delicious beet-filled master piece, ha. Seriously though, this smoothie is a bit stronger than the first, but it’s much creamier, which, I personally enjoyed. To sum it up, this smoothie celebrates the flavor of raw beets, where as the first, downplays the flavor – You can choose which you’d prefer.

I love this image – as it’s a great example of the gorgeous color beets are capable of producing.

So there you have it, two scrumptious ways to include beets in your daily diet, and in turn, increase your daily intake of soluble fiber. Enjoy!

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  • Lauren

    That smoothie looks great! I love adding beats to juices! Yum!

  • Kawi gurl

    Great detailed information, I just saved you on my google reader.

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