Either you love them or you hate them. I happen to love them. Roasted, pickled, spiralized, juiced, I think they’re magical little vegetable candy. They’re also the only reason you’ll ever see such a hot pink color on this blog. But since valentines day is just around the corner, I’ll allow it this once(sorry. Not a pink person).
This Smoothie gets its vibrant pink color from the a raw beet (obvs.), as well as frozen cherries and strawberries which also give it natural sweetness and acidity. Don’t omit the vanilla. It rounds out all of the punchy flavors. If you are vegan, add coconut milk instead of yogurt. I like to add the plain yogurt for a creamy dose of probiotics.
One important thing to consider before making this smoothie: Raw beets have a very strong, earthy flavor. Do not use a large or even medium sized beet for this single serve smoothie. Find a little itsy bitsy baby beet. I’m talking the size of a large strawberry. Smaller beets tend to be sweeter. If you really aren’t sure that you are into liquefied beets, use only half a small beet. I generally do not add sweetener to my smoothies, but if you feel it needs a little more sweetness to suit your taste, add a little honey or maple syrup after the first blend and process again.
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- 1 Orange, Skin removed, cut in half
- 1 Banana, broken in half
- ½ cup Coconut Milk or Plain Yogurt
- 1 Very Small Beet, Washed, Ends cut off
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- ½ cup Frozen Strawberries
- ¼ cup Frozen Cherries
- ¼ cup Water or Coconut Water
- Honey or maple syrup, to taste (optional)
- Place all ingredients except for honey in a blender (preferably high speed) in the order listed.
- Blend, slowly increasing speed to high, until the mixture is completely smooth (this may take 1-2 minutes).
- Taste and add maple or honey if more sweetness is desired. Bend again for about 10 seconds if adding sweetener.