I’m not a huge fan of eating beets.
Drinking them is a totally different story though.
I’d cheers, toast and dance a jig to a Beety beverage, even if no alcohol is involved, although I certainly wouldn’t turn away a little somethin’, somethin’.
It must be noon somewhere.
When beets first showed up in my CSA share years ago, I tried cooking them every which way possible all to no avail. I mean sure the final product was edible, and the Hubby really liked the pasta sauce, but I didn’t dig ’em. They just didn’t do “it” for me.
One of the interesting twists of a CSA program is you usually don’t get to choose what kind of vegetables you want each week. Instead, whatever is in season is what shows up on your doorstep. Alright technically I drive and pick it up, but you get the idea.
As a result, I can’t simply decline beets. Sure, theoretically I could give them away, but where’s the fun there. Besides, that’d be letting the beets win, and I’m not down with that. I can’t be bested by my produce. Hell to the no.
So on a whim one day, I opted to blend my beets and drink them.
That’s when it happened.
I fell in love with this Beet Juice Smoothie.
After that, there was no looking back.
There’s something intoxicating about slurping up this beauteous root vegetable, to the point where I’ve even gone out and purchased beets for the sole purpose of drinking them. I can’t entirely describe why this Beet Juice Smoothie has such a hold on me; a pity considering I fancy myself a food blogger. I just know it does.
The first sip will cause you to raise a structured brow, the second will make your face turn quizzical, and by the third, well then you’re fully committed. Before you know it, your glass it empty and you’re going back for seconds.
It’s also worth mentioning beets are the cats pajamas when it comes to nutritional goodness. They’re high in vitamins and minerals (hello potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene, beta-cyanine; folic acid), a natural cleanser, a cancer preventer, a blood pressure reducer and oh, did I mention they’re an aphrodisiac? Yeah, it doesn’t get much better or sexier, apparently, than that.
Bottoms up. To Beets.
- 2 raw Beets, peeled and cubed
- 2 Oranges, peeled
- 1/2 Lemon, the juice of
- 1 cup orange juice, pulp free
- 1 cup ice
- Add all ingredients to your blender and process until smooth.
Are you a fan of beets? What’s your favorite way to consume them?