I’ve officially started the elimination diet to try to cure my acid reflux with clean eating! I’m giving up dairy, gluten, eggs, citrus fruits, nightshade vegetables (like tomato and eggplant), and chocolate. It’s going to be a challenge, but I hope it will reduce my symptoms. This recipe works perfectly with my elimination diet.
Truth: I love fruit smoothies. I could eat them for breakfast every single day.
This particular Beetberry Smoothie is no exception to the rule. My friend suggested I add vegetables to my routine, and offered up beets as an option. I gaped at her with my jaw on the floor because vegetables? BEETS?! Disgusting. In my absolutely perfect smoothies?! Get out of my life! But since we have been friends since kindergarten, I decided to not disavow our friendship immediately. I decided to give it a shot.
Friends, it was DELICIOUS.
Now, I didn’t even really know what to look for at the grocery store or how to prepare them. Because BEETS. Gross. My only memory of beets were when my grandmother forced me to eat pickled beets when I was a little kid, and I harbored hatred toward her for it.
Anyway, the point of this story isn’t to turn you away from smoothies, in fact, it is to show you that vegetables can be put into a miracle smoothie and turned into something tasty. If you have the right combo and ratio of fruits and vegetables, it doesn’t have to taste like dirt. I promise.
I am a vegetable smoothie convert.
I fell in love with this smoothie instantly, and I actually prefer the beets to spinach. The avocado gives it a rich smoothness without a strong flavor. The banana and honey do a great job adding sweetness, while the blueberries come through as the shining star. Yum!
Beetberry Smoothie (Serves 2)
You will need:
- 1 carton blueberries
- 1 banana
- 1 beet–peeled and chopped
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1/4 cup water (you can omit this if you have a powerful blender)
- 3 ice cubes
I used all raw and fresh fruits and veggies, but you could easily use frozen. Simply combine in a blender and blend until smooth.
Do you add vegetables to your smoothies? What is your favorite combination?