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Can’t Beet Love Goji Berry Smoothie

8 Comments 11 February 2014

Can’t Beet Love Goji Berry Smoothie

It’s Love Week! And I’m starting each day with a gift of love. Love Smoothies! I have two Love Smoothies to share this week that are a bit nontraditional. In fact, neither of them are chocolatey. I’ve been eating very clean meals after my Juicing Challenge, and I’m not ready for chocolate just yet. So this just might be a chocolate-less Valentine’s Day for me. We’ll see. I still have three days to change my mind.

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We started Love Week by visiting this iconic New York sculpture.

Love your green smoothies? Me too! But this Valentine’s Day it’s time to try another green, one that won’t turn your red smoothies into that nasty muddy sludge when you mix them with red berries. Beet greens aren’t just pretty with their green leaves and red stems, they’re also quite tasty in a smoothie. Less bitter than kale, they’re a nice alternative to spinach and romaine.

This Can’t Beet Love Smoothie is also great when you buy beets and have a plethora of greens. Greens are quite perishable, not lasting more than a few days in the refrigerator. So blend them up before you lose all of those nutrients!

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This smoothie provides double the love from goji berries.

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You can soak them for 10 minutes while you wash and chop your beet greens. Then drain and toss them in the Vitamix with the rest of the ingredients.

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I just dump them into the blender with almond milk and chia seeds and let them soak. Using one less bowl is important in my tiny kitchen.

The shining star of this smoothie is definitely the goji berries, but the ginger does give it quite a kick. (Apples and Ginger helped me fall in love with ginger in smoothies.)

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Give yourself a Love Gift this week and start your day like this.

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Can’t Beet Love Goji Berry Smoothie

by Heather

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. almond milk (Try this homemade milk!)
  • 1 scoop plain or vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 c. goji berries
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 5 beet greens with stems
  • 1 c. raspberries
  • 1-2 inches of ginger, peeled
  • *6 drops of stevia (optional)
  • *1/4 tsp. vanilla (if not using a vanilla protein powder)

Directions:

1. Pour almond milk, protein powder, goji berries, and chia seeds into Vitamix or high powered blender. Pulse once to mix and let it sit for 10 minutes to soften the gogi berries and allow the chia seeds to gel.

2. Add beet greens, raspberries, ginger, and optional stevia and vanilla.

3. Blend until creamy

Serves 1

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Readers, dish!

  • How are you taking care of yourself during Love Week?
  • Have you ever tried beet greens in a smoothie?
  • What are your favorite smoothie greens?

This recipe was shared at Minimal Ingredient Mondays, Vegan MondaysGluten-Free Wednesdays, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Raw Food Thursdays, Gluten-Free Fridays, Wellness Weekends, and Healthy Vegan Fridays.

Your Comments

8 Comments so far

  1. I always love finding smoothie recipes that don’t have banana as I feel better when I don;t eat them. This looks delicious!

  2. What a pretty photo with you in “LOVE”, I mean you leaning against the letters in the photo ;-)

    I think this smoothie of yours is a real Valentine’s hit – love it!

  3. Emma says:

    This looks gorgeous to me! I might well make it for my Valentine’s day breakfast :)
    I haven’t tried beet greens in a smoothie but will do next time I get farmers’ market beetroot with the greens left on. I usually stick to spinach and kale as they’re milder but if I’m using bananas then I sometimes do chard. I find it needs sweet fruit as it can be almost salty in taste. Happy love week!

  4. Oh yum. This sounds very refreshing. What a great way to sneak beets into something (I’m not a fan, but don’t mind them in juices & smoothies).
    Love the picture of you in New York. Cute coat!!

  5. Best Juicer says:

    Do you recommend sweetened or the unsweetened almond milk for this smoothie?

    • Heather says:

      I use homemade almond milk sweetened with a few dates. But either would work fine depending on your sweetness preference. The smoothie itself is not overly sweet.

  6. Mini says:

    Lovely.. I am making this soon.. I am not s big fan of beets, but can definitely give this a try..:-)

  7. Erin S says:

    I’ve been loving gogi berries recently! I have yet to try them in a smoothie though so this smoothie will be a good way to test it out. Thanks for linking-up to Minimal Ingredient Mondays, I’m featuring it this week :)


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