This vibrant 6-ingredient Cherry + Beet Smoothie is a sweet way for the entire family to enjoy a healthy smoothie! Toddler (and mom) approved this smoothie is great served for breakfast, light lunch, a quick afterschool snack or even after a tough workout.
It's here... the new year!!!
Waaaiiiiitttttt....new year? How did that even happen? I still have summer clothes hanging in my closet right next to my thick and cozy winter sweaters, it can't be a new year and the start of the real-winter already, can it?!
While I feel like I should take a few minutes and wrap up 2015 with a pretty bow and think ahead to everything I am going to do in 2016, it is just like WHOA inside of my head. Just a jumbled mess of thoughts and feelings - to-do lists that never happened, some goals were met while others were completely forgotten, unexpected adventures, a whole lotta memories of laughter, lots of typing typing typing and a ton of kid craziness. Kid craziness to the max!
Really when I think of last year, I think of kids, toys, messes everywhere ALL-THE-TIME! Not sure if that is a good thing or not... jury is still out.
And while I still need to tuck away last year, I am desperately trying to forge ahead for the new year. I've got big plans/goals/resolutions. Call them what you want, these are the things that I have un-officailly (or maybe officially now that I am putting them into writing) going to do this year. There are only 2, because 3 goals seems too daunting at this point in my life where some (most) days all I do is try to survive the craziness.
Un-Official (Official) Goals of 2016
- Put ME first. Wait, is that mean of me to write down? Not sure. But let me explain. I have the tendency to put everyone and everything above myself - Kids, Family, Husband, House, Blog, Chores, Ellie's School, Boards, Cleaning, etc FIRST... then way down the list is little ol' me. The 30 minutes that is left in the week I try to fit in working out, cutting my nails, shaving, putting on make up and then if there is time, I take a nap. Not anymore. Not this year. This year, I am putting ME above everyone else. Which is totally not going to happen, but I need to be in the top 3 everyday.
- Learn to Stand Up Paddleboard. Random, I know! I have always wanted to learn how to surf but since the nearest beach is a good 2000 miles away, I am going to take on SUP (<----- see I am a professional already;). Since this goal is only going to happen when the temperatures are way above the current 36 degrees, I have some time to workout and lose some of my stubborn-as-all-hell baby weight. I think the ultimate goal is to just look hot while standing on a board paddling around some lake, it's not about my actual skill level!
Whatever your new year goals are, I know that having a new smoothie recipe at your disposal isn't going to one of them.
But being healthy, weaning your little one off of sugar and getting more vegetables into your kiddos daily intake is probably somewhere on your list <------ did I get at least one bullseye here???
Then this smoothie is for you! It is fast, easy and made with only 6 ingredients!!
It is also sweet, creamy and tastes nothing like you would think a smoothie made with beets would taste like. Because drinking a healthy smoothie is only going to work if you WANT to actually drink the smoothie. So telling your kids (and husband) what is actually in this smoothie is completely optional.
Full of immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and powerful antioxidants, this smoothie is like a health pill in a glass.
Delicious, healthy and pretty, I promise you that this smoothie will be a hit with the entire family.
Cherry + Beet Smoothie
1 cup frozen pitted cherries
1/2 medium red beet, peeled and chopped*
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tbsp honey or maple syrup**
1/2 cup ice
1-2 cups milk (whole, almond, coconut, water, etc)
1. Place all ingredients into blender in order listed. I usually use 2 cups of milk because I like my smoothies fairly thin so they are a easier to suck out of a straw for the little ones. But play around with how much milk works best for you. Blend for 1-2 minutes.
2. Pour, serve and enjoy.
Yield: 1 adult and 1 toddler serving
Storage: best to drink right away but you can also freeze in a baggie for 2 months or store in the fridge for 1 day. If storing in fridge, it is best to re-blend with a little more ice before serving.
* For high speed blenders, you can keep the beet roughly chopped. If you blender doesn't have that much kick, you can also shred the beet on a cheese grater before blending.
** If serving to baby under 1 year of age, please use maple syrup instead of honey (or no sweetner at all) as honey can cause botulism in kids under the age of 1.