Beet + Greens Smoothie

Beet + Greens Smoothie

All-too-common scenario: Shoppers swing by the farmers’ market or produce section to buy their favorite root vegetables (carrots, beets, turnips, radishes, etc.). They carefully pick out the roots that look the best. They drive the vegetables home. They lay them out on the counter. Then, WHAP. The leafy, green tops get hacked off and go straight into the garbage. The plump, tasty roots are then cooked and gobbled up with enthusiasm.

Most of these shoppers fail to realize their crime against vegetation. You see, those green leaves were slaving away for the entire life of the root, photosynthesizing all day, every day to keep the plant alive and healthy. Yet day after day, the plant continued to channel most of its nutrients down to the greedy root so it could grow big and robust. Then, one day, a hand reached down and yanked on the leafy tops to pull the root from the ground, the stems and leaves being used as a mere handle for the precious root. And once the vegetables do arrive at their new owner’s home, the selfless greens are immediately tossed to the curb. Most don’t even make it to the compost!

First, I fully admit that I am guilty of this exact crime. For years and years, it didn’t even cross my mind to eat the greens of root vegetable. I bought the carrots for the carrots, not for the carrot leaves. Duh. Once I did find out they were edible, I was intimated by them. What would I do with them, and more importantly, did they taste good?

As a reformed veggie eater, I’m here to show you the light (the leafy green light) and a few recipes that will get you started on the path to good, green eatin’. Please join me in the crusade to end the neglect of greens.

 

Beet + Greens Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups unsweetened milk (dairy, almond, coconut)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (from 1 orange)
  • 2 cups beet greens stemmed, torn (from 1 bunch)
  • 1-1/2 cups mixed berries frozen
  • 1 medium raw red beet peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 medium banana frozen

Instructions

  1. Add liquids to a high-speed blender, then add remaining ingredients

  2. Blend on high until smooth, even consistency

  3. Enjoy beets + greens!

 

 

 



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