Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Beets, Bears, Battlestar Galactica - Raw Beet Smoothie

This year one of the things I want to focus on is adding foods to our diet that we haven't really eaten before. First up is beets. When we bought our first beets the boy at the cash register asked us if we wanted these free "Beat Cancer" t-shirts. I thought it was because we were buying beets and then I realized they aren't spelled the same. Duh! Anyhow, beets are actually really good at "beating" cancer. Read this for more information about the greatness that is beets.

So in my first attempt with beets I peeled them (no small feat - the skin is hard) and then grated them raw on top of our salad. I also made up this beet smoothie:

I don't have exact measurements but I used:

plain yogurt
almond milk
3/4 of a beet
1 banana

** Everyone liked the salad and the smoothie, although several people mentioned the dirt taste. I think that is just what you get with a root vegetable.

** Also - DO NOT throw away those green leaves on top. They are super nutritious and go great in a green smoothie. I added them to our regular green smoothie and no one could tell a difference.


  1. I am just not sure if I can eat beets. I mean, I guess I will try. someday.....

    Your pictures look great. I need to figure out how to fix mine up, 'cos they look crappy.

  2. Um, beets are gross. I will not be trying this smoothie. But good for you for being able to stomach it.

    I really have tried beets before. They're big in Russia. And I was married to that one dude for a while who made me try Russian things. Blech. Seriously.

  3. Yes, we think beets taste like dirt but the fruit in the smoothie covers it up nicely. This week I am going to make a chocolate beet cake and we'll see how it turns out.

  4. I LOVE beets!!! I have a kinda cool chocolate beet cake recipe. But I like them best just wrapped in tinfoil (I don't even wash them) and bake them until they are soft. Then the peels come off super easy, you can just use your hands to rub them off. What is left is naturally sweet and delicious. Make sure you try golden beets! They are beautiful AND tasty.

  5. Arbed Nnud - I am trying a chocolate beet cake recipe this week. I wonder if it is the same one?

    How long and at what temp do you cook your beats??