this post is about how I get garden fresh beets & all that good nutrition into my babes bodies with a bright, vibrant, and tasty beet smoothie recipe
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I tried a beet for the first time a few years ago and thought: wow!! this tastes just like dirt!
If you’ve ever eaten raw beets you will know I am not lying. But you know what’s weird, I love earthy tasting food. LOVE it. However, my family doesn’t necessarily feel the same way.
Beets are full of nutrition
I love eating colorful foods. I don’t meal plan, or track our nutrition in any way. But I do feel great when we manage to eat a variety of colors, textures, and a good mix of natural plant and animal food over the course of a day. That’s my simple way of tracking our health. Mostly natural, colorful, varied – ok, we’re good!
But just for the purposes of blogging and doing honor to the beautiful beet, here are some fun nutritional facts
- Beets are an awesome source of folate – drink up my pregnant friends!
- Beets can help maintain a healthy blood pressure. Beet smoothie with your order of fried chicken & fried lard? Coming right up! [I actually have a secret love for fried/bar food]
- They increase stamina and oxygen use, so this would be a good one for cardio lovers. Which is not me. I like a slower & steady workout like weightlifting or Barre3.
They’re pretty easy to grow. Like any root veggie they need pretty loose soil. I make sure to dig up my root veggie areas a bit deeper prior to planting. I’m considering amending with sand next year to offset this heavy Missouri clay. We’ll see.
Beet seeds are kind of funny looking! I don’t think I have a picture, but I get mine where I get all my seeds – Baker Creek. They’re simply the best and have such an amazing variety of heirlooms to choose from.
Beets are a cool weather crop and do require pretty good nutrition. I use the Farmers almanac site a lot for growing tips!
Here’s my first little harvest of beets this year. I cut the greens off a couple inches above the base then freeze some for smoothies and pickle some. The beets I pickled this year are still in the fridge, not quite ready to eat yet. It was a new recipe so I’m anxious to try them and share if it’s a keeper!
Preparing & Preserving
You can eat beets raw, cooked, roasted – so many possibilities. If you’re eating them raw you can just peel the skins like you would a potato. If you want to peel cooked beets, roasting or steaming them is best. The skins will pop right off afterwards and you don’t lose as much nutrition as you would by boiling.
There are many ways to preserve as well. I’ve frozen them, pickled them, and want to make beet powder soon because I’ve purchased it in the past as a natural food dye!
For this beet smoothie, I just add them raw or frozen. So I use a potato peeler to peel the skins and put them in the blender, that’s it! Just like this
Making smoothies & My favorite blender
Typically, I load my smoothies up with fresh greens. But this one is an exception because it’s just too pretty to add greens in and turn it brown!
You can definitely adjust this recipe to your liking. Smoothies are so versatile which is one thing I love about them. A few other things I use in here that add lots of good nutrition are raw milk and raw honey. Both staples for us.
One thing I absolutely love having in the kitchen is a Vitamin blender. I never really thought the hype could be that real and had a Ninja for years. But after switching – I’ll never go back. It’s simply the best. I use it for so many things. Milling grains, making soups, smoothies, ice cream, dips, butter….the list is endless. They’re pricey, but last forever.
See what I mean about skipping the greens on this one?! Just too pretty!
They’re definitely kid approved
Hank is my smoothie loving-est kid. He’ll drink the most green, all veggie, vingar-y, smoothie I make. He’s my most natural baby, so go figure.
Viv just loves anything pink. So girly.
And John rarely allows his picture to be taken, and even more rarely smiles for the camera! I’ve got to catch him candid if I want a good one.
Garden Beet Smoothie Recipe
Ok, so now that you know beets are awesome, having a Vitamix makes life easier, and kids will love this smoothie – time for the actual recipe!
- 2 ripe, frozen bananas
- 1 large, peeled raw beet
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberry
- 1 T raw, local honey
- 1 1/2 cups raw milk
Optional (I always add some citrus to our smoothies – it really compliments all the sweetness!)
- 1 drop lemon essential oil
- 1 drop orange essential oil
- Add all ingredients to your blender and blend on high speed for 30 seconds to a minute or until there aren’t any big pieces left.
- Serve right away. This smoothie won’t stay good I the fridge very long. If you have extra, try freezing it into pops – my kids love those.
That’s it – my biggest trick to get my kids to eat and love their beets. Hope yours do too!