I knew it was going to happen sooner or later. At some point during the summer, I was going to open my CSA share bag and find some beets. Listen, it’s not that I don’t like beets. It’s just that the only beet preparation I really love is roasted, and it is just too freaking hot this week to turn on the oven.
Oh, and also nobody else in my house will eat beets. I know, I know, I am always bragging about my omnivorous children and hubby, but no one here likes beets. If you do — good for you! Comment with your favorite recipes.
My strategy for the beets — golden and purple, this week — is all about obfuscating.
For the non-English majors? I hid the beets. Deep inside a green smoothie filled with enough pineapple to mask the flavor.
My favorite thing about this beet smoothie, besides the great taste, is the nutrient profile. There is no added sugar, but 7 g of fiber per serving, and 1 serving contains almost your entire daily recommendation of Vitamin C and Vitamin A.
If you’re a beet fan, you’ll love my Paleo Beet Salad Recipe!
Listen, I don’t want to brag, but my 5 year old chugged this. And I gave myself a big ole pat on the back for giving him a nutritious breakfast. (Of course, my daughter ate a pop-tart, but let’s not think about that now, mmmkay?).
Beet & Kale Superfood Smoothie:
- 1 cup raw kale, chopped
- 2 small golden beets, peeled and boiled (you don’t have to boil them, but since I don’t have a commercial grade blender, I boiled mine for a few minutes first to make sure they’d be soft enough to blend up easily. I have this Cuisinart blender and it worked great).
- 1 banana
- 1 peach
- 1 cup (or more, to taste) chopped pinapple
- 2 tbsp chia seeds (I always include chia seeds because they are high in protein, Omega-3s, and help with satiety — they keep me full!)
- 1 cup water
- a few ice cubes
1. Add the water and kale and blend until liquified.
2. Slowly add the banana, peach, and pineapple, blending well in between.
3. Add the beets, ice cubes, and chia seeds.
4. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving. Store the leftovers in the refrigerator.
Wondering what to do with all that fresh produce? Here are some resources that may help: