Today I was making my lunch smoothie in a hurry. Although I was running late, I wanted to make a beet smoothie and take a few pictures because the color is always so beautiful.
But – being that I was in a hurry, my pictures came out no where near what I intended, so I’ll just leave most of them out!
All my smoothies are green smoothies. Since the greens don’t seem to change the taste, why leave them out? I like having the extra nutrients.
Save the beet greens to use in your smoothies. I wash them when I am ready to add them to my smoothie so they don’t wilt in the refrigerator.
I wrap all my greens in a towel and place them inside a large freezer bag and hold them in the produce drawer in my refrigerator.
Ginger Beet Smoothie with Mint
Add all the ingredients to the blender container in the order listed.
Blend for 35 seconds.
Although I don’t always add extra vegetable fiber to my smoothies, I always add whole flaxseeds. They’re full of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects.
Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s. They also contain Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods. And of course they’re a good source of Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types. There are other sources for these health benefits, but whole, organic flaxseeds are relatively affordable compared with the others.
Types of Blenders
If this is your first time making a green smoothie, you need to know why I prefer a Vitamix to other blenders. I have many other blenders, including a Cuisinart and several Ninjas, but they don’t break down the raw ingredients as well as a Vitamix.
What you will find after using other types of blenders blenders is bits and pieces of green and pulp floating in your smoothie, which is not very palatable – I don’t like to chew my smoothies!
Although beets make a beautiful smoothie, beets have a rather strong flavor. Add more pears or another banana to the blender if it’s not sweet enough for you.
P.S. I absolutely LOVE my Vitamix. I have used it every single day since I purchased it… best investment I ever made. Using a regular blender on green smoothies will leave you with small bits of leafy greens floating in your drink. The Vitamix blends it all; releasing the important nutrients inside the greens.
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