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Beetroot Smoothie + Week in Review

When beet season comes around, how do you not put them in absolutely everything? They’re just so pretty. And so pink.

My fridge at the Ft. Collins apartment has been pretty empty since moving up here to the YMCA of the Rockies for the summer. I had some beets leftover from last week’s farmers’ market on Sunday night, and not much else. Just some almond milk, eggs, carrots, and bananas in the freezer.

I’m definitely a fan of simple green smoothies, made with almond milk, frozen banana, flax seed, and spinach. Part of the reason those work is because the spinach doesn’t have a strong taste. It absorbs into the texture and flavor of the banana and the milk, adding nutrition to a smoothie without adding a bitter flavor.

I didn’t know if beets would work as well. I worried the flavor might overpower. But on a whim, I decided to give it a try.

Voila! It worked! Next time, I might blend it just a bit longer, since there were still some beet-y chunks, but I actually found the beet flavor quite mild. The smoothie was still delicious, creamy, and mostly tasted banana-y.DSCN1585Beets are supposed to have lots of awesome health benefits, so that’s fun, too.

I’ve found I can tolerate a fair amount of fructans and GOS, so I used a whole (small) beet, but if you’re on a strictly low-FODMAP diet, you’d want to keep it to two small slices. It’ll still dye your smoothie some gorgeous colors!

Besides the beets, this week’s been fun. Here are some highlights:

Delivered box fans to cabins. Each cabin is supposed to have 1 or 2 fans, depending on the size. Since there are about 200 cabins here at the YMCA of the Rockies, and we can only get into the cabins that are unoccupied (at most about 20 on any given day), it’s a long task. I try to resist the urge to make fan puns while I’m working, but sometimes it’s hard to resist. My puns are pretty fan-tastic. And sometimes, you need something to pass the time when the task feels in-fan-ite.

Okay, I’ll stop.

I drove around the YMCA picking up signs after an open house event in the pouring rain.

I learned how to wrap wrap sandwiches so they don’t fall apart. Important life skill right there.

I sold ice cream on Thursday and Friday. Little kids like the Ninja Turtle Faces and the Bratz faces and the Sonic the Hedgehog faces (plus Power Puff Girls, Tweety Bird, Bugs Bunny, Minions, Batman…is there anyone I’m forgetting?) So much digging around in a freezer for elusive ice cream treats.

Made good progress on The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty. It took me a while to get into it, but now that I’m towards the end, I’m hooked! DSCN1550Posted lots to the blog, including a What I Ate Wednesday, the first addition of a monthly link roundup I’m going to call “Caterpillar Crawl,” and a recipe for my favorite fried rice.DSCN1529 (2)Recently started 30 Days of Yoga from Yoga with Adriene. I haven’t been able to do it every day, but the days I have, I’ve definitely enjoyed it!

Visited my boyfriend in Ft. Collins on Saturday and Sunday. We got in a good bike ride and a few good meals. Our new favorite thing is cheesy grits!DSCN1568On Sunday, my bf’s parents invited us to the Greeley rodeo. I had never been to a rodeo before, and I had a blast!DSCN1570Those cowboys and cowgirls are skilled! Here’s some footage I got of the champion calf roper.

Wishing a wonderful Independence Day to all my American readers! Thanks, as always, to Meg for my favorite weekly linkup!

And here’s that recipe for you:

Beetroot Smoothie
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Prep Time
2 min
Prep Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 sliced frozen banana
  2. 1/2 - 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  3. 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
  4. 1 small beet (golf-ball-sized), peeled
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Notes
  1. If you're in the elimination phase of the low-FODMAP diet or unable to tolerate fructans and/or GOS, use 2 slices of fresh beet instead of an entire beet.
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7 comments

  1. Ellie says:

    I have had beets in juices and smoothies before and I definitely hide it with a lot of fruit. I love love love Harvard beets though! They are SO GOOD!!!
    Grits are something I love but always forget about until they are on a menu somewhere. I always order them when they are.

  2. Cora says:

    Making a beet smoothie has been on my make list all summer but I have yet to get around to it. Probably because I’m not an avid smoothie person, but I know id love it. Juices made with beet are my favorite.
    I hope you kept one of those fans to cool you off after all that hard work and pun making. And one of those fan-sy ice cream treats too. Minion for me please.

    1. Joyce says:

      The minions are definitely popular. ; )

  3. I haven’t ever tried adding beets to a smoothie but I do love that color yours came out. I may just have to try it.

    I have a different Laura Moriarty book on my summer reading list but I feel like it always takes me a little bit to get into her books and then once I get hooked I cannot put it down!

    1. Joyce says:

      I’d read The Center of the Universe, which was really insightful but not quite as suspenseful. The Chaperone really kept me hooked!

  4. Oh my goodness, I love your puns. They cracked me up, and I also posted a Beet Juice Smoothie recipe this week. Great minds think alike huh?!

    It sounds like another great week in the wilderness for you with a side of rodeo thrown in for good measure. I think I need some cheesy grits in my life. They look fan-tastic. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

    Thanks for linking up!!

    1. Joyce says:

      I love cheesy grits–they’re nothing fan-cy, but I’m still a fan. 😉

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