I guess this won’t be one of my most popular posts.
The word ‘beets’ alone is enough for a 50% reduction in the amount of visits to a post, is my estimation after the recipe for a roasted beet salad I posted a while ago. Poor beets, they never belonged to the popular kids and tried to wallflower their way through vegetable high school. Constantly being picked on and always the last to be chosen at gym. Now that they’re all grown up, they try to be indifferent to other people’s opinion, and casually hang around in the veggie aisle. Pretending not to be hurt when we pass them by without so much as a second look.
Poor things. Good thing they always had me by their side. Even the young Eva in the Kitchen was very fond of beets. And the same day I read about the wonders of beet juice, I ran to the store to get me some. In those articles (full of the advantages of drinking beet juice) most writers said that the only downfall of beet juice is the taste (beets will never get an easy pass through). It has been described as dirt, soil or just plain too beet-y (try not be insulted by that one being a beet!).
Imagine my surprise when I drank it for the first time and it tasted good to my tastebuds! Yes, it tastes like beets, but I like beets so that’s no problem for me. And the colour is just magnificent. After that first glass I immediately started thinking of ways to make good use of the beautiful purpleness of it.
I made this really good beet juice smoothie and had it for breakfast. Besides the vivid colour, bright enough to make even the moodiest monday morning a good one (the fact that I stuck a flamingo in there helped a bit, too), there’s not a lot left of the beet. You won’t taste it at all. I guess that’s good news for all you beet-haters out there! Have a healthy beet juice, but mask it with the sweetness of strawberries and banana.
Not a bad compromise, and I’m sure the beets will agree.
- 1 ripe banana
- 6 big strawberries (fresh or frozen, if frozen, let them defrost a bit before blending)
- 1 tbsp Greek yogurt
- 50 ml (1/8 cup + 1 tbsp) beet juice
- Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth
- Optional: Decorate with a flamingo :-)