One Handed Recipes for New Moms– A series of recipe ideas for new moms and other busy folks trying to eat healthy without a lot of effort. Today’s Recipe: Beet, Banana, and Raspberry Smoothie
Mama: Julia, mother of 3 kids ages 7, 4, and 2
Julia is just as dynamic as the vibrant pink smoothie she created. As a mother of 3, many come to her for motherly advice. And if she can get her kids to enjoy a beet smoothie, she’s worthy of seeking advice from. She enjoys eating fresh foods from CSAs, canning the fresh flavors of summer, and even has her own chickens in her back yard. When she’s not loving on her three kids she is working part time in astro physics. I’d say she’s pretty incredible!
What she enjoys most about being a mom: ‘I love realizing that my baby is her own person and knowing that I get to form a special and unique relationship with her. I am caring for a new person!’
What surprised her most becoming a mother: ‘Becoming a mother brought me face to face with my own selfishness and how much I like my own comfort. It’s hard to see that ugliness in yourself – that feeling that I deserve something more than a life of service and care.’
New Mom Recipe & Tips: ‘When I had my first child I remember many hot summer days with no AC and lots of ice cream, now, I cool off with a smoothie, which I share with the kids. Having older kids, I save the un-eaten parts of their bananas to throw into smoothies. We have a bag of banana chunks in the freezer waiting to be used in smoothies. My other breakfast/ lunches are a combination of these: avocado smashed on toast, mini frittatas (baked on the weekend then enjoyed through the week), berries with yogurt and nuts, overnight steel cut oats in the slow cooker, or leftovers. I frequently eat leftovers and have even been
known to eat the previous night’s dinner for breakfast the next day.’
Julia's Beet, Banana, and Raspberry Smoothie
- 2 medium beets or 3 small
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 cup almond milk
- handful of ice cubes
- Peel beets and cut into large chunks. Toss everything into a blender and blend until smooth.
More smoothie ideas from Julia: Carrot Peach Banana with Almond Milk, or Mango, Banana, Spinach with Almond Milk.
Also, you can buy the cure jar lid and floral straw at We Love Citrus (a fabulous little with cute party decor and gift embellishments).
Nice! Where did you get that neat little mason jar? I really like the lid.
Thanks Beth! The lid and straw are from We Love Citrus – http://www.welovecitrusshop.com. They have lots of fabulous little items in their shop 🙂
Those smoothies sound delicious!!
Thanks mom. The gal who made it actually is from Texas too!
These sound delicious not to mention really healthy! Perfect for any mom on the go. I don’t love beets but know how nutritious they are and would love to incorporate them more into my diet!
I don’t think you can taste them too heavily in this smoothie- and you can’t beat that bright pink color to boost your day 🙂 Hope you are doing well Kelley!!
Love the color of this smoothie. I don’t think I’ve ever had raw beets.
They’re really sweet raw and if you shave or slice them thin enough I don’t think you need to cook them (they taste perfect!). I made a chocolate cake with raw beets this weekend!!
Do you put the whole beet in the smoothy? Sounds delish!!
Just slice off the skin and cut into cubes before blending! I’ll add that part into the recipe! Thanks for the note!
I have canned beet on hand- could I use that??
The consistency might change a little but it should be okay. Make sure they are washed from any syrup or vinegar before you use them. Enjoy.
Love the story and the recipe. Its a really nice pairing.
Can you use cooked beets instead of raw?
I think cooked beets will work fine! Let me know what you think!
Just made this for breakfast using gold beets I roasted last night, and added some spinach – super delicious! Was looking for a smoothie incorporating beets, so glad to find this recipe! Thanks!
Crystal, sounds yummy! I’ll have to try using gold beets next time! Also, you don’t even have to cook the beets for this smoothie if you want to save time!
It sounds so yummy! What if I don’t have almond milk? Can I use regular milk or water instead?
Regular milk would be fine! You could also use yogurt. You may need to sweeten it a little since almond milk does add a little flavor. Enjoy!
Did you an ordinary blender or one of those high powered ones?
ordinary!! I have an old fashioned blender. I actually just upgraded but I still love my old one 🙂
Have you ever added yogurt to this smoothie?
Tiffany, I haven’t but I’m sure you could. If you use plain yogurt instead of the almond milk you may need a little sweetener. Taste as you go! Enjoy!
i just made this smoothie a few days ago. I was very surprised how smooth it turned out(and my husband loved it too). I didn’t have raspberries so I used frozen pineapples. I also didn’t have almond milk so I used cow’s milk. I found that you did have to blend it a while before it came out really smooth but then it was delicious. Thank you
Jan, I’ll have to try pineapple with this sometime soon! That sounds perfect! Thanks so much for reporting back. It’s great to hear someone else enjoying the same food!
I absolutely love beet smoothies except I would not use rasberries as they are very seedy and gritty and does not blend well and does not taste smooth . I myself do ad pinapple, and strawberries and leaf from the beets and parsley. delicious!
Kim, thanks for the tips! I’ll try a new version next time!