This deliciously sweet, no-sugar-added smoothie is a great way to get extra veggies into your diet (and your kids' diets, too)!
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Hey guys! You wanna hear something weird? We make smoothies all the freaking time in our house (seriously, almost every evening, it's one of my eldest's favorite "desserts" <-- Me: I must be doing something right). It occurred to me as I was starting to write this post that somehow I've never once posted one on the blog. How on Earth did such an oversight occur, you ask?
Uh.. I dunno.
But I promise, promise to post some more, because who doesn't like a good, nay - amazing, fantastic, splendiferous smoothie? Especially when it's super healthy (not like one of those sugar and calorie infested ones* from a smoothie shop at the mall) and completely 21 Day Fix approved.
That being said, those mall smoothies are pretty tasty, aren't they? (Even if you should probably be avoiding them at all costs.) And I have to say that this combo of ingredients really reminds me of them, there's something about the subtle flavor of the beets mixed with the vanilla in the almond milk and all of that naturally sweet goodness from the blueberries and banana that really hits all the right notes. It's kind of amazing.
And can I just tell you how much I heart beets? To illustrate, here is David Tenant playing me when I see beets on my plate. That man is good and definitely not overacting.
Anyway, this isn't new. Beets and I have had an ongoing love affair since I was little and my mom used to always serve pickled beets with dinner. It wasn't until I was a grown-up that I discovered the un-pickled variety and became even more enthralled. What is new to me (and I realize I'm a bit late to this party) is using them in a sweet way like in this smoothie.
I'm lucky enough that my grocery store carries peeled and steamed beets in the produce area and they are super convenient for this recipe! It's likely that yours does too, because I know that I've seen them in at least three stores, Safeway, Meijer and Kroger. Those three cover quite a bit of ground, so your chances are pretty good. However, if yours doesn't, you may be able to get some in the freezer aisle, then just cook as directed, chop and freeze, or you can buy fresh ones, peel, steam, chop and freeze.
Anyway, when I brought them home from the grocery store, I diced them and then separated them into half cup servings, put them into snack-sized Ziploc bags and stuck 'em right in the freezer so they'd be ready for smoothies whenever I was. Then, when I was ready to go, I just threw everything into my Ninja blender cup** and buzzed it up for a few seconds, SO simple!
Another great ingredient tip is for the bananas, if you have bananas that are starting to get a bit too ripe, peel them, break them up into quarters, put them in a freezer bag and put 'em in the freezer so they'll be ready to go for you. Never waste another banana, always have bananas ready for smoothies. Boom.
This is definitely my new favorite way to get some extra veggies into my kiddos (and my husband)! I hope it'll be your family's new favorite, too!
*A similarly sized "slim blend" smoothie (about 16 oz, I had to do the math here) from Smoothie King would have 304 calories and over 57 grams of sugar. That's IN-sane in the membrane, people. This smoothie has only 129 calories and 15 grams of sugar (all from gloriously sweet fruit, no added sugar whatsoever).
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- ½ cup chopped, cooked beets, frozen
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- ¼ of a banana, frozen
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Enjoy!
21 Day Fix Container Counts per Serving: 1 Purple, ½ Green, 1 tsp
Weight Watchers Freestyle Points: 1
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 smoothie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 129Total Fat: 4g