Ever since getting my hands on Deborah Harroun’s book, Best 100 Smoothies for Kids, my house has been smoothie obsessed. We’ve been making smoothies, like this Beet Cherry Berry Smoothie, for snacks, breakfast or even dessert. Before this, I had one or two smoothie recipes up my sleeve (mostly ones borrowed from friends like this one or this one) and every time I tried to improvise a smoothie, it just didn’t come out right.
Deborah’s book has filled our kitchen with inspiration. Even Everett calls out for a ‘smoodie’ when I reach in the freezer for fruit or bring the blender to the counter top. And while her cookbook implies that the smoothie recipes are for kids they are definitely also for adults. I’ve enjoyed every recipe we’ve tried. One of the best parts is that every recipe has no sugar added.
I venture toward her veggie-heavy smoothie recipes because I figure it’s a great way to enjoy veggies without any persuasion needed for any of us. She has tons of recipes using veggies like beets, kale, carrots, spinach and even cauliflower and broccoli. I haven’t tried all of them yet but she did get me hooked on carrot juice. Several of her recipes call for carrot juice which I now buy on a regular basis.
Before, I would try to pack out a smoothie with too many greens or not enough liquid and it was all imbalanced and ended up untasteful. This little handy book has brought my smoothie making to new levels which we’re all enjoying!
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- 1 1/2 cups almond milk*
- 1-2 small raw beets
- 3/4 cup frozen cherries
- 3/4 cup frozen strawberries
- 2 cups kale, loosely packed, stems removed and leaves chopped
Pour the milk into the blender. Peel the beet, cut into thin slices, and add it to the blender.
Add the cherries, strawberries, and kale. Blend until smooth.
for a vegan and dairy free version use coconut or almond milk.