Beet Berry Smoothie
It seems only fitting that the recipe I post this week is a beet berry smoothie. As I mentioned on Instagram, A and I have been on a veggie and fruit cleanse since Monday and we are rockin’ this cleanse thing. Lies. We are definitely doing it but begrudgingly and while dreaming about cakes and steaks and ice cream every waking hour. We are allowing ourselves a bit of yogurt and nuts and olive oil but for the most part, we are subsisting off of kale, spinach, roasted veggies and all fruits. And I am going bananas. Not only have I consumed the most bananas during the past few days that I have ever had at one time in my life but I feel hungry all the time. I have a newfound respect for those who can maintain an all veggie and fruit diet. I’ve discovered that that person is not me but temporarily, it’s helping both of us get back on track to healthier eating. And honestly, I just may incorporate this day of healthy eating into my normal routine – maybe a few times a week. Heaven knows my life could use less sugar. But I digress. This smoothie is pretty amazing. I can’t believe I haven’t incorporated beets into my life before. They are GOOD! They add just a hint of sweetness and flavor to this beet berry smoothie while the broccoli, kale and spinach add a rich amount of vitamins. Completely wholesome and perfect for breakfast.
Beet Berry Smoothie
Beet and berry smoothie with kale, broccoli and spinach
- 1 1/2 ripe banana
- 1/4 c carrot juice
- 1/4 c canned beets
- 5 blackberries
- 8 medium strawberries
- 2/3 c frozen blueberries
- 1/2 c broccoli
- handful each of kale and spinach
- 1/2 c ice
- Combine all ingredients except for ice together in a blender.
- Blend on high until fully pureed.
- Add ice and blend until ice is smooth and chunks are gone.
- Serve immediately.
Oh, I have been down this road and the results are the same – never ending hunger. A Vegan would say that you’re not eating enough calories, which is probably true, but .. I can only do one big bowl of salad a day (and it’s still not satisfying!). That’s why the Whole30 was like a dream .. you don’t need to buy the book, just visit the web site.
On to beets (yuk), I’ve also tried to incorporate raw beets into a juice, but all I can taste is dirt. I’ve never tired canned beets so I may give this smoothie a try 🙂 Beets are soooo good for you .. they can (or so I’ve read) pull heavy metals and toxins from the body. I sure wish I liked them.
Ahh that makes a lot of sense. I took a look at the Whole30 website – the only thing that I would have a hard time with is grains. Also, sugar. Haha. But it sounds much more doable than this. 30 days is a long time and I just don’t have any self-control. I’m ridiculous, aren’t I? And definitely try beets again – I really did used to hate them so maybe your taste buds will change.
Oh gosh I feel your pain. I’m starting a detox today too its called Delicious Detox. You have to cut out a bunch of foods – no refined sugar, dairy, eggs, shellfish, gluten, red meat, soy, tomatoes, white potatoes, butter or margarine, booze 🙁 and dried fruits to name a few things. You basically have to make everything from scratch but what I like about this one is the book provides with tons of recipes to make so you’re not just eating salads. And most importantly you don’t go hungry…thou the first week sucks. lol check it out deliciousdetoxcookbook.com . I can send you the recipes if your interested 🙂
Beets are a hit or miss with me. By themselves as a juice, not so good but in smoothie the taste is much more palatable. Which is weird because I like cooked beets.lol
So we ended up doing it for just 3/4 days. It was enough to get us to curb our raging appetites 😉 But I am seriously considering doing a real cleanse of some sort. I liked Monica’s Whole30 (below) but cutting out grains is just too hard for this rice-loving Syrian girl. Interesting how the Delicious Detox allows grains. Curious…why do they not allow tomatoes? Any idea? There are just SOOO many food plan options out there!
That’s why I love it, I couldn’t give up grains. I think I would starve.lol My husband and I both did it a couple years ago for 4weeks ( well he did 3), and it really help with some of my digestive issues. I think one of the reasons tomatoes and white potatoes aren’t allowed is that they can be rich in alkaloids. Which can suppress proper digestion and increase inflammation in the system. I guess it helps if you are trying figure out if you have any allergens or sensitivities to certain foods. For example I don’t eat a ton of tomatoes because they don’t really agree with me. So I only eat them in small amounts.
I need to check out this Whole30, sounds interesting.
I never knew that about tomatoes! But I know it does give me heartburn sometimes so that does make sense! You’ll definitely have to check out Whole30 – if you don’t mind cutting out grains and dairy, it sounds like a good way to go!
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