Sunday, June 3, 2012

Welcome Home Berry Beet Smoothie (SCD Friendly)

I really enjoy traveling.  I love flying, living out of a suitcase, exploring new places, and meeting new people.  But there is nothing quite like coming home and settling back into your space.  One thing I missed on this trip was my daily smoothie.  Smoothies are my "morning coffee."  I always follow with breakfast, but sometimes I just need a little something.  This morning (particularly) I really NEEDED a smoothie, and one filled with lots of good stuff.  I felt like I was coughing up New York.  As much as I love that amazing city, my body is just not used to the exhaust, fumes and smoke.  I couldn't run to my Vitamix fast enough this morning armed with my favorite fruits and veggies.  This smoothie turned out awesome, so I just had to share.  You can always play around with different ingredients here, for example, if you're not keen on beets, simply leave it out.  I happen to love the flavor, and my three year old loves them too, so he was all over this smoothie.  

-4 ounces frozen blueberries* (3/4 cup)
-5 ounces fresh strawberries (5 -6 medium strawberries) 
-5 ounces fresh Navel orange (1 medium orange, peeled)
-2 ounces of carrot (1/2 medium carrot, peeled)
-1 or 2 ounce raw beet (1 small red beet, peeled)
-0.3 ounces of fresh ginger (peeled)
-1 cup filter water 

How To:
1.  Blend above ingredients in blender until well incorporated (high speed or otherwise).
2.  Serve immediately

*Add more ice if you like super slushy smoothies.  I happen to like mine just slightly cold so I add very little frozen ingredients.
*And, as mentioned above, simply omit the beet if you're not a fan.
*Add some fresh spinach or kale for an extra added punch of nutrition. 
*To make homemade frozen blueberries, wash and dry fresh blueberries.  Place blueberries separately on non-stick surface and freeze 4-6 hours  Transfer frozen blueberries into glass storage and store in freezer.  See here for same method used with strawberries. 
 Shared on: Just Another Meatless Monday, Melt in your Mouth Mondays, Monday Mania, Ruth's Real Food 101 (Mondays), Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Traditional Tuesdays, Fat Tuesdays, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Real Food Wednesdays, Whole Food Wednesdays, Pennywise Platter, Simple Lives Thursday, It's a Keeper Thursday, Raw Foods Thursday, Wellness Weekend,  Fresh Bites Friday,  Fight Back Friday, Friday Food, Foodie Friday, Potluck Party Friday  Friday Foodie Fix, Sweet Saturday, Potluck Party Friday - Summer Drinks, Paleo AIP Roundtable, 


  1. The Cyclist's WifeJune 3, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Hey Amber! Are you using a cooked beet or a raw one?

  2. Hi Sarah,

    Great question! I'll make the change above.

    Raw!! :-)

  3. glutenfreehappytummy.comJune 3, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    wow that color!! how gorgeous! and i love that glass you served it in -- so artsy and retro! i'm glad you've got your smoothies back! i can't wait until i'm off this Body Ecology Diet and can eat fruit again!!!!!!!!!!

    1. I agree, the color is amazing. Making another one this morning. Yum!!

  • Mary Hudak-CollinsJune 6, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    I was never a big beet fan until my daughter was told she had an allergy to tomatoes and I had to find an alternative way to make ketchup...using beets and carrots. I soon found that it wasn't as bad as I had previously imagined, so to me, this sounds yummy even with the beets included ☺
    I would like to invite you to share your recipe with our recipe hop which will be open until midnight tonight. Hope to see you there!

    1. Hi Mary,

      Wow - how creative. I bet the beets and carrots worked great as a ketchup. Thanks for the invitation.

  • momphotographerJune 6, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    that sounds soo delicious. I am on beet smoothies for 3 days now and just finished my spinach-tomato-beet-banana-apple mix... I think, I'm gonna give a try to your tomorrow :)

    1. Yum, love the sound of that combo. Let me know what you think of my version. :-)

  • healthymommyhealthybabyJune 8, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    yum yum yum yum yum! I am going to try this! We are big beet lovers in my house, and I never thought to add them to a smoothie! Genius!

    I found your blog via Simple Living's Foodie Friday. I'm having a hop this weekend too if you'd like to link-up there as well. Have a great weekend!

  • Heather @Gluten-Free CatJune 10, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Just pinned this, Amber! I've only used juiced beet in smoothies, never the entire beet! So excited to try it. LOVE the color!

    1. Thanks Heather. :-)

  • I love beets and would have never have thought of them in a soothe, the color is terrific thanks for sharing this on foodie friday.

    1. Hi Diane,

      Let me know if you give it a try. It's not too bad (even if you're not a super big fan of beets) and it's super good for you.

  • Heather @Gluten-Free CatSeptember 6, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Oh I laughed aloud at "coughing up New York"! I totally understand! Love that city, but I always feel like I need a steam bath and a detox day when I return! This smoothie! would be a perfect detox breakfast! Thanks for bringing it to Raw Foods Thursdays!

    1. Totally, Heather. Now you live in this awesome city. So exciting.


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