Sunday, January 17, 2016

Pink Beet & Flax Smoothie


Today was the first warmish day we've had here in weeks, and to say I wasn't a bit happy would be an understatement. Unfortunately, all the outdoor plans that I had made for the kids and me had to be put on hold as Lukas came down with something and ended up sick with a fever {poor little guy}. I hate seeing my kids sick and want to give lots of cuddles and kisses while they're sick in bed. But I'd be lying if I said that I get a little worried that I'll end up getting what they've got and get sick myself... and no one wants a sick mommy, especially since moms don't get sick ha. 

So I thought since I'd be hanging around the house and hanging in the yard, I'd make a smoothie packed full of goodness {health & taste} that would help me fight anything coming my way... I see you germs! I've only just started cooking with beets and let me tell you, what the heck was I thinking not eating these bad boys sooner? They are so dang good! And my little Jakob loves them with a capital L, asking for fruit snacks when he sees them. So it was no surprise that when I first made this smoothie, he just about drank the whole thing. 

Did you know, beets are high in vitamin C, fiber, manganese, folate and potassium? I didn't until I looked it up a while back, prompting me to drink beet juice more frequently. Vitamin C is immune-boosting, so I knew making this smoothie would be beneficial with a sickie in the house. And flaxseed has essential fatty acids and micronutrients that help heart health. *For this recipe, I used flax meal. 

What you'll need
  • 1 cup pickled beet slices
  • 3/4 cups sliced pineapple
  • 1/2 banana 
  • 1 tbsp flax meal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • optional: 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
What you'll do:
  • Add all ingredients to a blender and set to smoothie mode. Since there is no ice in this recipe, all ingredients should blend pretty fast and smooth. 
  • Once blended, pour and enjoy! 


I hope you try this healthy smoothie and enjoy it as much as I do! I can't wait for the weather to get even warmer and stay warm so I can drink colder smoothies... maybe around the pool? I miss Summer, sigh. 



31 comments:

  1. This looks beautiful. I luuuuuv smoothies although(honestly)I am terrified of beets. I wish I could taste it and try something new!

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    1. Oh I was terrified of beets too! But added to a smoothie the taste is really great! And the color is so pretty! You can always start with baby steps and add half the amount of beets and work your way up!

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  2. Wow beets are more badass than I thought I'm going to have to try these

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    1. They so are! Thank you for stopping by!!

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  3. I never would have thought of combining beets and pineapple! Looks amazing. We'd love to have you join our Meatless Monday linkup check it out

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    1. That you for the invite, I'll for sure link up! And yeah, the two go really well together!

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  4. This is an interesting combo. I'm going to have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing. ;)

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  5. I've never found a beet I like but this smoothie might change my mind! ;-)

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    1. Trying them in a smoothie is a great way to ease into eating beets! Even my kids are drinking it! Thanks for reading!

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  6. That looks good! I use flax in my smoothie regularly (get it?) but have never, ever tried beets - I should!! Thanks.

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    1. lol yes, try it! It gives it a nice earthy taste!

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  7. Yummy! Surely making!! x

    http://www.theprettycitygirl.com/

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  8. YES! I've been putting beets in my smoothies for years. Glad I'm not the only one.

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  9. I have to try this! I love all things beet.

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  10. Okay you convinced me to give beets a try (again). I have been seeing them everywhere lately and I didn’t know how good they actually are for you.
    I’m always looking for a new smoothie recipe so I’ll give it a try.
    Also hope your little one is feeling better 

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    1. Thank you, he is! Now to keep everyone else healthy! Yes, try them again! Let me know how you like it!!! Thanks for stopping by!!

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  11. I love this smoothie! I 'm a huge fan of beets. This sounds delicious + the color is so pretty too.

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, it turns lips pink too! If you like beets then this is the drink for you!!

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  12. Looks beautiful! I am not a huge beet fan, but I do love them roasted. I have a daily smoothie for breakfast. I love that they can hide flavors like kale or spinach. I'll have to try adding beets sometime. They are so good for you.

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    1. Oh for sure, this smoothie would taste so good with greens added! Thank you for reading!

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  13. I'm totally curious to know if the pineapple and other stuff totally masks the picked flavor in the beets? I love beets and think they'd be delish in a smoothie, but I'm skeptical about them being pickled haha.

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    1. In my opinion the taste is masked by the pineapple. You could always sub them out for raw if the pickled form isn't for you! I like it either way!

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  14. I love smoothies but I'm just not sure about beets! I haven't tried them in many years though so maybe I will give them another try! Do you pickle your own?

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    1. No, I don't pickle my own but I sure would like too! I've only just started looking into pickling foods but am still learning! I just buy them in a can. Thank you for stopping by!

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  15. This looks so good! I love beets in smoothies.

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  16. This looks so yummy I'll be trying this one for sure!

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  17. Yum, beets are so healthy for you I'm really intrigued by this smoothie!

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  18. Oy! It was 4 degrees here yesterday. Definitely not warming up here yet. Beet smoothie sounds good. :) Hope it saved you from the germs!

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    1. Wow, that's cold!! It's suppose to be in the high 70's tomorrow... where the heck is Winter? I hope you like the smoothie! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. beet is nice. I love it..and mix it in a bowl of healthy smoothie like this is perfect. TFS, Ashleigh :)

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