Peanut Butter + Beet Smoothie

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Spoiler alert: mad beet puns ahead.

This morning I decided that it was time to use that beet in the freezer or else it was just going to keep staring at me. Whenever I reached around it to grab frozen apples, I would have to avoid eye contact with that deep purple, frozen rock. Welp, today was the day.

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Got canned beet in my heels tonight, baby! Oh Jamiroquai… anyone else feeling a desire to watch Center Stage?

Sweet beet oblivion. The beet escape. Cream of beet. I think you get it.

I’m not a stranger to using beets in my “green” smoothies; however, I had previously used only half of a beet at a time. Due to extreme laziness, I had bypassed cutting this sucka in half, leaving me with a solid beet-rock (rock those beets!). I was afraid that the beet flavor would be too intense and I would end up using 2 smoothie’s worth of fruit just to mask it. Enter lightbulb moment! PEANUT BUTTER.

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Mmmm… peanut butter.

Have you ever had a smoothie that required you to pinch your nose just to gulp down those greens? Been there. Done that. Never again. Hopefully you’ve discovered a secret to fixing this dilemma—I’ve read that a squeeze or two of lemon can work wonders. Have you tried that? I haven’t experimented with this trick, myself, as I am currently on a peanut butter (or almond butter if I haven’t eaten all of it almost immediately after making it) kick. I’m telling you, pals, pb will be your new BFF, if it’s not already.DSC_0019

Beets provide a stupidly awesome amount of nutrients.. They are chock full of vitamins and minerals, and all kinds of amazing compounds that can do such things as boost sex-drive, elevate mood, lower blood pressure, etc. Seriously, go get some beets right now!

PEANUT BUTTER + BEET SMOOTHIE
Prep time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1-2, depending on how much you want–I drank the whole thing myself!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk (or your preferred non-dairy milk)
  • 2 cups of greens* (spinach, kale, etc.)
  • 1 TBSP hemp hearts
  • 2 TBSP peanut butter
  • 1 roasted beet**
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup of frozen berry blend

*I personally freeze my greens—that was another lighbulb moment when I realized I would never have to throw away rotten greens again!

**To roast my beets, I follow these instructions. Yum!

Directions:
If you have a Vitamix, then you already know what to do! Just add the ingredients in the order listed and blend blend blend!

If you don’t have a fancy-pants machine and are using a less-powerful blender, then blend the almond milk with your greens first. Then add in the beet and blend that up. Lastly, add the remaining ingredients and away you go!

Feel free to adjust the fruit:greens ratio. I have been drinking green smoothies for quite a while now, so I tend to use more greens than fruit. Check out simplegreensmoothies.com and their fabulous Green Smoothies 101 info. I’ve learned so much from these amazing girls!


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