Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Blueberry and Beet Smoothie

Thick, smooth, and ultra creamy, this smoothie pairs the sweetness of blueberries with the earthiness of beets, for an out of this world healthy, and tasty, smoothie you will love! From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com
A big thank you to my friends at Cascadian Farm Organics for sponsoring this post. I am so in love with their products!

So I know that I haven't been around much lately, but I have had some ongoing health issues that have kept me feeling a bit under the weather for awhile.

And speaking of the weather.......UGH!! We have been getting a little glimpse of lovely summery weather, just to have the sun play hide and go seek for a week. I know, I know, I live in the Pacific Northwest, so that is a big ol' DUH right? But dang it, it can get even the hardest core Washingtonian down once in awhile. But, for the last few days, the sun has been out, I planted some tomatoes and herbs, and we even had the kids and the G-baby over for a BBQ. Where we actually sat outside 


But, I have missed y'all. Like a lottttttt!

Does that sound weird? 

Ha, like you don't already know I run a bit left of center most of the time.

But seriously. I love coming up with new yummy eats for you, and hearing how much you love them. It makes my little foodie heart go pitty pat 

So, with my new found energy, and drive, I wanted to get into the kitchen and whip up something cool, and healthy, to make me feel even better.

This smoothie my friend is IT! 

Thick, smooth, and ultra creamy, this smoothie pairs the sweetness of blueberries with the earthiness of beets, for an out of this world healthy, and tasty, smoothie you will love! From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Thick, smooth, and ultra creamy, this smoothie pairs the sweetness of blueberries with the earthiness of beets, for an out of this world healthy, and tasty, smoothie you will love! From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Thick, smooth, and ultra creamy, this smoothie pairs the sweetness of blueberries with the earthiness of beets, for an out of this world healthy, and tasty, smoothie you will love! From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Thick, smooth, and ultra creamy, this smoothie pairs the sweetness of blueberries with the earthiness of beets, for an out of this world healthy, and tasty, smoothie you will love! From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

OK, so let's address the elephant in the room shall we? I know many of you are thinking there is no way that beets belong in a smoothie. Butttt before you run screaming from your computer, let me give you a little 411 on the good stuff going on in this smoothie

Beets 
  • Drinking beet juice may help to lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. 
  • Need a boost to make it through your next workout? Those who drank beet juice prior to exercise were able to exercise for up to 16 percent longer
  • Phytonutrients that give beets their deep crimson color can help to ward off cancer
  • Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium
  • Traditionally, beets are valued for their support in detoxification and helping to purify your blood and your liver.
Blueberries
  • The iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and vitamin K in blueberries all contribute to building and maintaining bone structure and strength.
  • Blueberries are naturally free of sodium and contain potassium, calcium, and magnesium, all of which have been found to decrease blood pressure naturally.
  • One cup of blueberries contributes 3.6 grams of fiber, which helps lower blood glucose levels.
  • The fiber in blueberries helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood and decrease the risk of heart disease.
  • Vitamin C, vitamin A, and various phytonutrients in blueberries function as powerful antioxidants that help protect you from cancer.
  • Studies have also revealed that in addition to reducing the risk of cognitive damage, blueberries can also improve short-term memory loss and motor coordination
I could go on and on with the benefits of bananas, oranges, spinach, yogurt, etc. But I wanted to focus in on just how awesome the main ingredients of this smoothie are. Kevin has suuuuuper high blood pressure and I am making him drink these as much as possible.

Plus they really do taste good!

Yes, we are beet lovers, and if you even remotely like beets, I will guarantee that you will love these smoothies. There is a touch of that earthiness, with the sweetness of the blueberries. You can always taste, and adjust the sweetness by adding more agave, or honey. Or just omit the beets if you can't bring yourself to try if with them.

Information thanks to EatingWell.com

Thick, smooth, and ultra creamy, this smoothie pairs the sweetness of blueberries with the earthiness of beets, for an out of this world healthy, and tasty, smoothie you will love! From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


The other thing that I adore about this smoothie is that it uses Cascadian Farm Organic beets and blueberries, which are flash frozen. That my friends means they are frozen lightning fast after they are harvested. Which in turn means they taste like the delicious fruits and veggies they are. No funky freezer taste.

But y'all know that I love Cascadian Farm for many different reasons. 

The first of course is because they are organic. The less crud we put into our bodies, and our children's bodies the better right? AMEN!

They don't use any methods that could harm the soil. Which means our kids, and grandkids, will have a beautiful planet to enjoy.

They are part of a fabulous pollinator program to help build the bee communities, which again ensures a fabulous future for our planet.

And they are local peeps  

Let's hear if for us Washingtonians *woot woot*

So, what do you think? Are you game to try one?

Thick, smooth, and ultra creamy, this smoothie pairs the sweetness of blueberries with the earthiness of beets, for an out of this world healthy, and tasty, smoothie you will love! From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com



Berry and Beet Smoothie

Bobbi Burleson
Berry and Beet Smoothie

Thick, smooth, and ultra creamy, this smoothie pairs the sweetness of blueberries with the earthiness of beets, for an out of this world healthy, and tasty, smoothie you will love!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 banana (I break my bananas into quarters and freeze them to help thicken my smoothies)
  • 1 cup Cascadian Farm Organic frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup Cascadian Farm Organic frozen beets
  • A good sized handful of baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons agave syrup or honey (depending on the sweetness wanted)
  • Crushed ice if needed.

Equipment Used

Instructions

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a high power blender, and blend until smooth.
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 00 mins.
Total time: 10 mins.
Servings:
Tags: beets, blueberries, smoothie, breakfast, healthy






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Thick, smooth, and ultra creamy, this smoothie pairs the sweetness of blueberries with the earthiness of beets, for an out of this world healthy, and tasty, smoothie you will love! From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

8 comments:

  1. This totally rocks!! I love Cascadian Farms products too!!

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  2. I totally need to give beets another try! I love that they have them frozen. So convenient!

    And what a gorgeous color!

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    1. OH yes Erin I do hope you give them a try. These don't have that funky frozen taste that some frozen veggies can have (or the metalic taste of canned). I love the touch of earthiness they add to this smoothie!

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  3. What a great smoothie Bobbi. My dad was a beet fanatic so we grew up consuming lots of beets. He would have loved this.

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    1. My Dad loved beets too. I ate them because of that, and all of the other kids thought I was weird LOL But they are sooooo good, especially in this smoothie :)

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  4. Bobbi you are speaking my love language with this recipe! I love beets, I love thoughtful farming practices, and I love smoothies! Nailed it! :)

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    1. Thanks Rose. If you love beets, you will seriously love this smoothie! I wish I could make you one!!

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