There are some foods that I know are good for me, and I want to like, but I just can’t bring myself to eat them. Cooked beets are one of these foods. I’ve read all the benefits of beets for runners (or for anyone), so I have tried to figure out ways to get these benefits without forcing myself to eat something I don’t like.
One way to do this is by using beets or beet juice in a smoothie. Sometimes I can find peeled, cooked beets that are prepackaged, and if I add one of those to a smoothie with the right ingredients I don’t even taste it. I don’t have the time or patience to wash, peel, and cook beets all to just add to a smoothie.
A few weeks ago at Trader Joe’s I came across beet juice. Knowing I probably couldn’t drink it straight out of the bottle, I figured it would be a good liquid for a smoothie. I wanted to be strategic though because too much beet flavor could really ruin it for me.
I ended up focusing on using anti-inflammatory foods, so along with the beet juice I used ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, flax seeds, and fruit (pineapple, mango, banana, and strawberries). In order to make the smoothie filling I added almond butter, which really became the flavor of this recipe. Oats also helped to thicken it up since beet juice it really light. Oh, and mixed greens, because you might as well add those to any smoothie, right?
Since it was Sunday morning and all I drank my red smoothie out of a martini mixing glass.
Did I taste the beet juice? Maybe a little. However, what stood out was the almond butter and cinnamon, and other than that I felt like I was drinking a regular green smoothie, just less sweet.
- 1 cup mixed frozen fruit (pineapples, mangos, berries, banana)
- 1 cup greens (spinach and/or kale, frozen if possible)
- .5 cup old fashioned oats
- 2 tbsp creamy almond butter
- 1 tbsp flax seeds
- 1 tsp (or more) cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- .5 tsp ground turmeric
- 3/4 cup beet juice
- a few ice cubes if your fruits/veggies weren't frozen
- Combine all ingredients in blender.
- Blend well until smooth.
Do you like beets/beet juice?
Are there any foods you want to like but just don’t enjoy?
Is it warm enough to drink smoothies where you live? (I just drink them all year long!)