Back on Track Breakfast: Beet Berry Smoothie
I'm not sure about you, but in my family, holidays always mean socializing around drinks and rich, heavy (and delicious) food choices. I believe whole-heartedly in eating what makes you feel good and catering to your body's needs in the moment. For me on Easter, this meant indulging in the endless amount of food that my grandma worked so hard to make and enjoying every single bite with no guilt attached. Did I over-indulge? Yes. Do I regret it? No. The only existing feelings were love for my family and for myself which meant sitting around the table and enjoying all of the same delicious tastes and flavors.
I know my body well enough to know that overindulging never ends well for me. Bloating and stomach discomfort are part of the process, and knowing that going in sometimes makes it easier. What also makes it easier is a fresh, fast and clean breakfast the next day to soothe my internal organs and get me back on track. I'm working on adding less fruit and more veggies to my smoothies lately, and this smoothie recipe only has ONE fruit. If you like the flavor of beets, you're going to love this drink.
Beet Berry Smoothie
- 1 huge handful of your preferred leafy green
- 2 small raw beets, peeled
- 2 small carrots, peeled
- 5-6 strawberries
- Juice from 1/2 lemon
- 1/2-1 inch slice of ginger, peeled
- About 1 cup of coconut water (or regular water)
- Place all ingredients in the blender in the order listed and go for it.
- Option to top with chia seeds or hemp seeds for extra protein + fiber.
This smoothie reminds me of the Apple Beet Ginger juice I used to order after my yoga teacher training from The Juice Bar in Burlington, VT (even though there are no apples in this recipe).
- Over time, the flesh of the beets and carrots begins to separate and you'll see the pulp sitting atop juice. If the pulp texture isn't for you, drinking from a straw should solve the problem - just avoid stirring it with the straw and drink until you decide you can't anymore. :)
- If you want more of a juice and less of a smoothie from this recipe, use a cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer and pour the contents from the blender through the strainer into a glass.
- If you don't have a high speed blender, you may want to roast your beets first, though with enough liquid and patience they should blend right up.
- Bonus points for using local produce!