Banana Berry Beet Smoothie
I'm not a fan of beets. In my opinion, beets tastes like dirt. I know, I know what you're thinking, but you're a vegan, aren't you supposed to enjoy eating vegetables? Yes, I'm vegan and I still don't like beets.
Despite my dislike for this root veggie, I respect the value beets add to my diet. It's still a little tough for me to eat it, so I drink my beets instead.
I know, I know you're probably thinking...why am I drinking beets if I don't like it? Well, that's a great question and here's my answer - as an anemic getting more iron in my diet is vitally important and beets are good source of iron and vitamin-C. Beets have more iron than spinach! I know that shocked me too.
Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin-C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function), and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.
During my trip to BJ's this Sunday, I bought a huge pack of Love Beets. These beets are already peeled and cooked; ready for juicing and perfectly prepared to add to your salad or other dishes. If you're not familiar with the brand, check them out here.
I whipped up a smoothie using the beets because it's just easier to drink beets in a smoothie than eat it in a salad. Here's what I put in my Banana Berry Beet Smoothie...
3 Love Beets
1 1/2 cups frozen berries (I used a blueberry, raspberry and strawberry medley)
1 frozen banana
1 cup Silk coconut milk unsweetened
1 teaspoon chia seeds, plus a little extra to use as garnish
Toss ingredients in blender.
Serve immediately and garnish with chia seeds and/or mint leaves.
It was surprisingly good. I could still smell the earthy aroma of the beets but thankfully the smoothie didn't taste like it. I'll definitely make it again soon. Well I have to, I've got tons of beets in my refrigerator. Hahaha.
Do you like beets? Have you added beets to your smoothies?