Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Beet Greens Smoothie

We love beets, especially roasted. Until recently, I had never used the beet greens that often come with beets when you buy them at the Farmers’ Market even though I had known that they are edible.




After using beet greens the first time in a smoothie, I realized that I had made a huge mistake. Beet greens are very mild in flavor and make a delicious green smoothie. From now on, I’ll never waste beet greens again.

Beet Greens Mango Smoothie
  • 2 – 3 cups chopped beet greens stems removed
  • 1 banana
  • 2 Tbs hemp seeds
  • 1/2 – 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • A little stevia (optional)


For several weeks, we weren’t able to go to the Farmers’ Market on Sundays, so we especially enjoyed our leisurely stroll through the market this week. In addition to the beet greens, we picked up some raw cheese, kale, lettuce, zucchini, mushrooms, radishes, local raw honey, and peaches.

Questions: Do you like beets? I love beets, but I used to seriously dislike them until I was about 30. I remember watching my mom eating beets when I was young, and I didn’t understand how she could eat them. She said, she didn’t like them until she was older and used to think the same thing about her mom. I guess it runs in the family… Have you ever used beet greens? If so, in what? Feel free to share a recipe! 

Be well,
Andrea

30 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you've discovered beet greens! I always used to throw them away, but then on a whim I made a dish that included both roasted beets AND sauteed beet greens and it was crazy good! I've never tried them in a smoothie, though - that's a really good idea. And no waste!

    I was definitely weirded out by the idea of beets when I was a kid. I think it was a textural thing. That, and the fact that beets can stain clothing :)

    I hope you're having a nice week, Andrea!

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    1. Sauteed beet greens is next on my list!

      And, yes, the staining part isn't so cool...

      Have a great week, too!

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  2. I used to like beets, but recently I didn't. Maybe it was a bad one.

    I like how you use things in such interesting ways. :D

    :-) Marion

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    1. I've had beets that weren't that good, so that could be it. I also had some bad avocados lately, which tasted nothing like they should...

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  3. I had never tried a beet until a few months ago. I love them juiced. I don't love eating them though and I think it's a texture issue. Your smoothie sounds delicious.

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    1. I've heard of people not liking the texture of beets. Glad you like them juiced.

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  4. Um, still not a fan of beets, and I am 45! So pretty sure that won't change. Although I did make a beet hummus once that wasn't too bad.

    Great idea to use the leafy green tops! I save the tops of carrots and celery for soups. :D

    Still can't get my husband to even try a green monster, he said if he did he'd have to drink it while sitting on the toilet - ha!

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    1. Tony is too funny! :)

      I hadn't thought of using the tops of carrots in soup! Great idea!

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  5. Great idea using the green form the beets...the smoothie looks delicious Andrea...yes, I have tried sautee the greens, and it turned out great as well.
    Have a great week :D

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    1. I will definitely sautee the greens next!

      Have a great week, too!

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  6. I love beets! actually I buy them every week now from the farmer's market. And I eat the greens! they're incredibly tender. I simply sauteed it in a bit of oil and soy sauce.

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    1. I'll definitely sautee the next greens!

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  7. This looks so refreshing!
    I gravitate towards drinks just like this in the summer.

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    1. Yes, smoothies are great in the summer!

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  8. I am not a fan of beets. What a beautiful color the smoothie is.

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    1. Yes, the smoothie is a much prettier color than some of my other combos... ;)

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  9. Yep, definitely pinning this recipe! It sounds fantastic.
    I do love beets, but they contain fodmaps :( I've loved them since I was a child and my grandma used to pickle them and serve them with pickled eggs. Oh man, so delicious!

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    1. Thanks, Gina!

      Your grandma's dish sounds great!

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  10. I LOVE roasted beets!! I actually just recently tried the leaves and chopped a leaf up with the rest of my greens for a salad. I didn't even notice it was there. Next up, I'll give them a try in my smoothie!

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    1. I'll sautee them and add them to a salad next!

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  11. Wow what a super healthy smoothie, and I get it tastes great and refreshing!

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    1. Yes, it's a great summer smoothie. :)

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  12. I LOVE beets but lazy me does not want to do the work. I have invested a couple times in the ones from Traders that are already peeled & ready to eat! :)

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    1. The cooked ones are very convenient! :)

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  13. I love beets! Lately I have been buying the already cooked ones at Costco as they are so easy to use. I love them in my smoothies, on salads or just as a side dish. I have never eaten the greens - will have to put that on my list of things to try.

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    1. The cooked beets are very convenient, and I like having them around for times when I need a quick "add on." Give the greens a try; I'm pretty sure you'll like them!

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  14. I had no idea! Is it similar to baby spinach in a smoothie, taste-wise?

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    1. They are even milder in flavor than baby spinach and are my favorite greens to use right now.

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  15. I recently discovered beet smoothie (paired with kale, blueberries and a banana.) on my last trip to the store I got beets on the stem. So tomorrow I'll start my day with a beet smoothie complete with the tops...but following your advice the stems are going in the composer.

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  16. I've always been skeptical to try green smoothies. But I trust your judgement!

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