Hi, how are you, I have a raw beetroot smoothie recipe today, no no no don’t grab your coffee and walk away, I swear this is good for you and tastes nice too – packed full of vitamins, minerals and energy it will give you a spring in your step, trust me, lady with white paint and tuck shops, I know.
I’m really into smoothies especially since I got the new blender, not that I am saying you need a fancy blender, I used a $10 el cheapo blender for a few years until I was sure I would use a decent blender regularly enough to justify spending a good amount of money on.
I love smoothies and the love is growing – there is one main reason though, I don’t like these because they are lip-smackingly the bestest thing you will ever taste ever…nope, it’s more the fact that this is like the lazy girl’s healthy – shove a few things in the blender, turn it on, drink it (with or without grimacing) and you know that whatever happens for the rest of the day, you have managed to get good things in and more you are banking goodness ready for the times when 65 glasses of something rather more potent make their way somehow down one’s neck.
At the beginning of the year I started a mini-detox – I had realised I had become slack in quite a few areas, I blogged about how everything was getting on top of me, it wasn’t pretty but it was real – the main thing I changed was alcohol, no I was not a rolling around the floor drunk every night, but it had certainly become a habit and was leaving me feeling washed out and listless. I’m very pleased to say that nearly 8 months later I’ve cracked it, I still very much love a drink and now boyo do I enjoy it so much more when I do.
So with mini-detoxing in mind I started googling de-tox, how to get your energy back, how to not crumple down on the floor at 6pm in a heap every night, how to improve your diet for energy, you get the picture, I came across again and again and again the benefits of the humble smoothie, which to be honest I already knew since I have been dabbling for a few years now…since then though I’ve kicked it right up a gear and there are lots of combos that I love with more errrm ‘healthy’ things other than the odd orange and frozen banana …and beetroot has been right up there….and as a beetroot lover I’ve found it ok to down most combinations but I have to admit some are cringingly toe-curling, raw beet is, if not done right, quite a hard taste to swallow even if you like it…
This then is down-able, indeed it’s quite delicious in a smoothie kinda way – I always smile to myself when people claim smoothies packed with things like kale, garlic, beetroot, ginger and the like are delicious – chocolate cake this ain’t – but I’m doing it for a clear brain and to hopefully keep me out of trouble, right.
When I make these I will usually make a batch of it, if it’s the weekend I will pour my darling husband a glass, he will always ask ‘how bad is it?’….we now have a scale where I reply with how bad I think he will think it is – some he has literally grimaced at, others just shot me a look, there have been eyebrows raised to the sky but this one didn’t get too much of any of that so I reckon that means it’s a keeper. Well I knew that already :-)
Beetroot and Apple Smoothie
1 beet scrubbed
1 apple cored
juice from half a lemon
handful parsley or greens
handful ice cubes
1 cup apple juice
1. pop all in a blender and zap
Beach Cottage Recipe Notes ** serves 1-2 I double up and keep one in the fridge for my daughter or the next day *throw in some garlic if you are feeling brave *eyeball the liquid and add more apple juice or water if it’s too thick *sub coconut water for apple juice if you like
I hope you like it if you give it a try! I promise it will give you a spring in your step. It might even make you raise your eyebrows.
See you soon