Hey everyone! I’m back! Yay!
It’s been ages since my last post. Aaaaages! See, I’ve been busy. Busy feeling under the weather. Busy blowing my nose. Busy using difficult hand gestures and sign language to communicate because my voice went on vacation without inviting me along. In other words, I’ve been sick. Please feel sorry for me… Luckily, I wasn’t the only one in my family/group of friends/circle of casual acquaintances who fell sick after Easter. Everyone basically got sick. And I mean everyone! My little brother who just moved into his own place, my sister and her family, baby included, the Rocking Rebel, the girl with the lab who kind of lives next door, the mailman, the guy replacing the mailman… All sick!
Apparently, there’s this throat bug going around right now. But don’t worry: you can’t get it from your computer, so reading this post shouldn’t be a problem…
In fact, keep on reading if you want to get/stay healthy! This is one of those recipes that will give your immune system a huge boost!
This is what I like to call a power smoothie. It’s packed with goodies and it tastes just amazing!
Whenever I’m in need of a quick vitamin C boost, I like to make myself a smoothie. And yeah, I know the green juices are usually the healthiest, but seriously? Green juice? That doesn’t sound appealing to me at all! Call me crazy, but I’m just not into those sea weed, kale, wheatgrass kind of juices. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried them! I’ve thought extensively about their mouth feel and flavor profile. And I came to the conclusion that the flavor of most of those supposedly magical green juices just don’t weigh up to the health benefits.
That’s why vitamin pills were invented, right?
This vibrant smoothie on the other hand is not only incedibly good for you, it’s also deeeelicious!
Here’s why: it’s delicious because, well, um, it tastes good. And it’s good for you because, like I said, it’s packed with goodies!
Such as beets. Now, I know some people don’t like beets, and if you’re one of them I think you’re a weirdo. I love beets! I think they taste like candy. Eating beets is a party for me. Their color fascinates me, I love the fact that they taste sweet and earthy and they make me feel good about myself. And they make your fingers pink! Bonus, bonus, bonus!
But seriously, beets not only contain high levels of essential minerals and vitamins, they also help prevent heart disease and improve liver function, they have a detoxing effect and eating beets “removes fatigue“. Trust me, I’m not making this up. Beets are beautiful!
Besides beets, there are more goodies in this smoothie. What about chia seeds? Chia seeds are everyone’s favorite super food these days, right? Anyway, chia seeds give you an energy boost. I’m pretty sure it does a lot more than that – after all, it’s everyone’s favorite super food these days – but I’m still blissfully unaware of it. So, moving on to raspberries and strawberries. Raspberries contain high levels of anti-oxidants, which are good for something, I’ve been told. On top of that, they supposedly keep you happy and positive, which is why you should always bring raspberries to sick people. And guess what? Eating raspberries can help you age gracefully! Sure, the effects may not be visible the next day, but it’s still a good thing, right? Just like the fact that strawberries help prevent wrinkles…
See? I told you this smoothie was a good one!
So, to sum it up, this beauty…:
- keeps you healthy
- gives you an energy boost
- detoxes your body
- keeps wrinkles at bay, and…
- tastes absolutely amazing!!!
In other words, I’m making myself some more!
- 160g (or about 1 cup) pre-cooked beets, chopped
- the juice of a large orange, about 90ml (or ⅓ cup + 2 teaspoons)
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 200g (or about 1½ cups) frozen raspberries
- 100g (or about ¾ cup) fresh strawberries, washed and hulled
- 50g (or 3 tablespoons) low-fat Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons of water, hot or cold
- Add the beets, the orange juice and the chia seeds to a blender. Mix until completely smooth. Add the berries, the yogurt and the water. Mix until smooth.
- Pour the smoothie into two serving glasses, top with a dollop of yogurt and sprinkle with some more chia seeds. Serve immediately.