In our honey tasting episode, I described one of my favorite smoothies – one made with beets– that subsequently caught some Twitter flack. I should have noted that the beets should be roasted, and since this is a snack I really do love, I thought I’d elaborate on the recipe and perhaps provide a disclaimer.
Actually, let’s cover the disclaimer first: This smoothie is for the beet-lover. If you are in the camp that beets taste like dirt or if you are on the fence regarding this vegetable, this will not be the preparation to convert you. Still interested in a taste? Alright then, let’s go…
The natural sweetness of apples and roasted beets plus a stealthy dose of spinach make this smoothie a great way to start your morning or to sip on as an afternoon pick-me-up. Even its fuchsia hue it uplifting. Bonus: It can also be served as a cold soup.
Roast the beets ahead of time so they have an opportunity to chill in the fridge. Use whatever apple variety you’d like, but I highly recommend Pink Lady – its tart sweetness makes the smoothie a little special. The recipe is easily doubled, tripled, etc.
• 1 medium beet, roasted, cooled and peeled
• 1 apple, cored (Pink Lady is best)
• handful spinach
• kefir, yogurt, milk, or water as need (I use kefir)
1. Blend the beet, apple, and spinach on high in a blender or powerful food processor until smooth.
2. Add liquid as needed to bring to desired consistency.
Variation: replace milk and water with crushed ice and rum.
Frozen beet daiquiri!
The colour is absolutely gorgeous, so vibrant and appetizing! I've tried beets in juices and loved them, but smoothies, not yet. Definitely need to try this, I think with coconut kefir. And, to walk on the wild side, I'd even try Stephen's daiquiri;)
Stephen - Now that's a drink worthy of the glass!
Now that you mention it, I think it WAS the glass that begged my imagination to make it more palatable. Now I'm thinking kale margaritas and zuccini martinis. Mom would be so proud I'm eating my veggies!
Kefir makes the best choice in my opinion, everything else makes it slightly too watery.
Can you substitute spinach for swiss chards??? I have tons in my garden!
Ariane - Absolutely!
I tried the swiss chards and added a bit of honey! With tango apples, just GREAT!!! Thanks for this recipe!