One of my more embarrassing secrets is that my all time favorite childhood movie is… Grease 2. Yes, the sequel… with Michelle Pfeiffer, the ultimate Pink lady… and some really cute motorcycle dude, whose name I can never remember. The scene where “Stephanie”/Michelle P. climbs a ladder, pretends it’s a motorcycle, and sings “Cool Rider”? Epic, right? Okay, maybe just in my book ; ) Regardless, this smoothie recipe is dedicated to the pinkest of pink, the coolest of cool ladies!
While I may be forever mystified why this gem of a flick never received any real accolades, this hot pink nutrient packed smoothie IS award worthy.
Beets are my absolute fav veggie! I realize they kind of fall into the “love it-or-hate it” category, so this may not be for everyone, similar to the movie Grease 2, itself. They typically have an earthy taste, which can be a turn off for many. If you were wondering why beets sometimes taste like a shovel full of dirt, it’s not because they grow there! The reason is they contain geosimin. “Geosmin is an organic compound produced by microbes in the soil that gives off a smell like freshly plowed earth or a field after a rainstorm.”
Oddly, they smell of the earth and grass after a warm summer rain is also my fav smell, so this is all starting to make sense!
If you are a beet fan, welcome to the veggie weirdo club! Good news is that besides popping up on all the hipster restaurant menus recently (hipsters love weird shit other people dislike), beets are loaded with folate, manganese, potassium, and copper. Super, duper healthy! Beets also blend well in the blender (I like the Ninja) and are an awesome alternative to the banana for creating a creamy thickness to your smoothie. I usually put 1/2 to 1 whole uncooked beet in my smoothie.
To sweeten up this beauty and add a good dose of antioxidants, I add a large handful of raspberries and strawberries. Since beets do have a moderately high glycemic load, it’s best to pair it with lower glycemic berries. Mix it up with 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk and ice, and top it off with whatever your lil’ heart desires! Today, that included some coconut flakes, chia seeds, and some left over raspberries. Yum city and Oscar worthy.
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