Okay, just so you know, I have every intention of putting a “jump to” button at the top of my blog, so anyone can bypass alllll my rambling and jump straight to the recipe.
Isn’t that a great idea?!
But that day is not today. Tomorrow is probably not that day, either. So you’ll have to scroll to the bottom to get this one.
Sorry about that. It’s on my long list of blog fixer-upper stuff to do.
You really want this recipe, though. I promise. It’s super healthy and will make you feel great. Also, my seven year old grandson asked for seconds. That’s a huge big deal because he’s been some kind of picky lately.
Of course, I never enlightened him to the fact that this smoothie had a beet and a carrot in it. He just heard “strawberry-mango.”
But what he doesn’t know will not hurt him, in fact, what he doesn’t know will actually make him a healthy little boy.
(In this case. In other cases, like, say, maybe you are unaware that you are swallowing broken glass fragments or something like that, what you don’t know can definitively hurt you.)
The sweet comes from the beet, carrot, strawberries, mangoes, and a medjool date. The tart comes from a whole lemon wedge. Yes, all of it. The seeds, the peeling, the flesh…all of it.
Why? Because it’s good for you, that’s why. Like super good. And now I keep lemon wedges in my freezer so I can drop one in my smoothie every day. They help protect against a variety of cancers, like breast, childhood, colon and much more. The anti-cancer, anti-tumor properties are like whoa.
(I do not grate my frozen lemons like many articles say to do, I just keep wedges frozen and throw them into my smoothies.)
–Make sure your lemon is organic if at all possible since you will be using the peeling. If not, then really, really wash it well.
–You can adjust the amount of beet you use. Big ones taste earthy, so I would stick to medium-small. Start with 1/4 and add more if it tastes okay.
–If you need to add more liquid to get your blender moving, do it.
–I use a 1/4 of a lemon, but you might want to start out with 1/6 or so. Just taste it. You can add more, but you wouldn’t want it super tart. Unless you do actually want it super tart. I don’t know you.
–Of course, this is a smoothie and it’s not an exact science. Adjust the measurements as you want.
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ¼-1/2 medium red beet (peel if not organic)
- 1 medium carrot (peel if not organic)
- 6 large frozen strawberries
- 1 heaping cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 tablespoon chia, flax, or hemp seeds or a combination
- ⅙ to ¼ of a lemon
- 1 medjool date, pit removed
- Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. (Yes, use the entire lemon wedge, seeds, peeling and all.) Add ice for consistency.