After a good workout, I like to have myself a smoothie. For the past 8 months or so, I’ve become a professional strawberry-banana smoothie maker (I’ll write about it at some point). And now that I have my NutriBullet, smoothie-making is that much more easy. While the strawberry-banana combo is delicious, I wanted to try something new, something different.
A few weeks ago, I accompanied my friend to a yogurt shop in Liberty Village. She’d ordered a mango-peach smoothie concoction. She offered me a sip, but somehow I managed to finish the whole thing off! It was so tasty that it inspired me to make my own rendition of the drink. I wanted to push the envelope, though. I thought, why not throw something else in there? I decided my veggie of choice would be beets. Why? Well, I love beets! There’s something about that muddy taste that I so enjoy. Also, the bright red colour is beautiful and would blend nicely to the orange hues of the other fruits.
I washed the mangoes, peeled off the skin, and cut the flesh into little pieces. I also cut the peaches, leaving the skin intact. The beets required a little more work. I hadn’t prepared beets many times in my life, so I took to Youtube to see how to go about it. I got the instructions from the clip below, finishing up with the cutting part:
To keep the fruits and veggies preserved, I but them in portion-controlled plastics bags and stuffed them within a few freezer bags and tossed them in the freezer. Since they were frozen, I don’t need to add ice when blending everything up.
As I mentioned before, I’m not much for measuring. I eyeballed the amounts to be blended, but here are the approximate measurements:
- 1/2 a cup of mangoes
- 1/2 a cup of peaches
- 1/4 a cup of beats
- 1/2 a cup of Greek Yogurt
- 1/2 a cup of cold water
- a dash of honey, to taste
I put all these ingredients into my handy NutriBullet and blended them together for about 20 seconds. Here is the end result:
How pretty is that? You can’t beat that colour (I resisted making a very corny pun there). The strong taste of the mangoes and peaches come through. I can’t honestly say they completely mask the tastes of the beets, but it’s not too overwhelming. Plus, I think it adds a nice dichotomy – sweet and … beety, very refreshing after a workout! And of course, this smoothie isn’t just for grown folk after a spin class. Mommies and daddies could entice their kids with it. I’m sure they’d be more likely to drink a vegetable smoothie that’s a beautiful pink than a murky green! Try it out and let me know what you think about it!