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Did you know you can really make a smoothie out of anything? ANYTHING. Well, that’s not true. Once you start adding ice cream or fro-yo,  you cross over into the realm of milkshake land. Not that milkshake land isn’t an absolutely beautiful place to be. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you already know that I’m obsessed with milkshakes. More than obsessed, really. And now I’m working on becoming a smoothie fiend, too. I have two milkshake posts in the works for the near future and another smoothie one, too. Soooo, I hope you don’t get sick of them. Don’t, OK? Ever. This particular smoothie involves beets. Also, I’ve been wanting to test out a beet ice cream for a while now, so I mean, this could totally become a milkshake, too. Maybe it will. Maybe it will.

Since I met Chris, he’s come a long way in his food likes and dislikes. Like a really long way. He is willing to try pretty much anything, even things he swore he would never eat. Like avocados. Can you believe the boy wouldn’t eat avocados for most of his life?? Now he’s obsessed. Thank goodness. Because could I live in the same house as someone who doesn’t eat avocados? I mean, I love him, so yeah, but I’m not going to say it wouldn’t be tough. There’s one exception to this openness about trying new things. And that is beets. He absolutely hates them and has no desire to change this. None at all. Ever. To be fair, I totally owe him one food that I don’t force upon him, especially considering how many I have forced upon him. I can handle that. Right? Trust me, I’ve tried. But I’m starting to give up. Which is why I made this smoothie when he was not home.

Speaking of food dislikes, my sister and I have what we think is the best idea ever for a party. It will be called the “No thank you portion” party. When RSVPing, everyone will submit one food they do not like. Then each guest will select one food on the list and they will create an amazing dish that they think will change the person’s mind about not liking the food. A tasting party will commence. There will be tons of food at the party, so it’s not like you’re stuck only eating the dish with the ingredient you’re not a fan of. The funny thing? Every time we tell people our party plan, most girls think it’s a fantastic idea and most guys think it’s the worst idea ever and claim they would refuse to attend. What does this tell us? Girls are totally more open-minded than guys.

Beet Avocado Smoothie (serve 1-2):
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  • 2 small beets
  • 1 C vanilla soy milk (I used Silk Light)
  • 3/4 C frozen berries
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 C baby spinach
  • 1 scoop (10 grams) chia seeds

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These are my new obsession. Love Beets. I love everything from the name to the packaging to obviously the actual package. I do love beets, but I’m not overly psyched about preparing them. Now I don’t have to. Also, they are apparently sold in a million different forms, including infused with Ginger and Honey, in a snack tray with cheese and crackers, and as juice. All beets all the time. My heaven. Chris’s hell. (HOWEVER, if he were actually willing to attempt to like beets, I think these would do it. Not that I’m trying…).

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So, for this smoothie, I decided to use Love Beets because I wanted my beets to be cooked, but wanted an easy smoothie.

So easy that the only instructions are, put all the ingredients in your blender. Aren’t they all so pretty together? Colors=healthy.

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And blend everything all together. Shout-out to my Vitamix.

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Pour into a glass with a straw and sip away.

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This is a thick smoothie, but in all the best ways. Because it’s packed with so much amazingness.

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My smoothie wasn’t exactly the same bright vibrant color as beets, but I’m attributing that to the fact that I added a cup of spinach in. And I don’t regret it for a minute because think about all those extra vitamins packed in. Worth it.

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And I was still a fan of the color.

There’s nothing not healthy in here. And I’m pretty sure this is your ideal breakfast. Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids and fiber and protein. Avocados have that awesomely healthy fat. The light vanilla soy milk  is protein and, of course, beets have betalains and lots of vitamins.

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This smoothie definitely had a strong beer flavor, which I loved. If you don’t love it, I’d add more frozen berries. and maybe a little more milk, too. It wasn’t overly sweet, so I guess you could add some honey, but I still vote on you tasting the full flavor of the beets. Because why not?

I really wanted to force this upon Chris so he could taste the amazingness. But I resisted. Out of respect for the one food he does not care to enjoy. I just have to remind myself that it only means more beets for me.

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This is most definitely the healthiest smoothie I’ve ever made. And for all the ingredients involved, one of the lowest calorie ones, too. And because of all the protein involved, I’m calling this your ideal breakfast. Also, did you know that beets are really good for your skin? The more beet smoothies you drink, the prettier you’ll get. Well, maybe don’t totally quote me on that, but it’s worth a shot. A shot that tastes like a dream.

Are there any foods you absolutely won’t eat?

[Sues]

 

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