Blueberries and Beets for the win
I don't know about you but when I see a deep red smoothie, I can't help but think of it as a total micronutrient bomb. Depending on what gave it that color, it could be packed full of berries or a load of beetroot (or both). If it's more one than the other, the taste might take some getting used to, but either way, it'll be packed full of the good stuff.
For kids, it's much easier to get used to unusual flavors since they have no reason to think they are unusual. And when you're working on getting some variety in their diets, a bright red smoothie with a load of beetroot could be just the thing to get them interested.
Red Smoothie Nutritional Stuff
Beets are a good source of iron and a great source of folate and manganese. They contain special compounds called betalains that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties so they are really good for you and your kids in the winter months to prevent and/or treat colds. Their intensive red color can lead to reddish stools and urine though so don't get scared if you notice this.
Blueberries are a Creative Nourish favorite ingredient. Not only because they are so easy to prepare but also because of their great nutritional benefits. They are one of the best antioxidants to be found and also have special nutrients that can help prevent a spike in blood sugar and therefore lead to prolonged satiety (so your child's not asking for food again 5 minutes later). They also contain a fair amount of vitamin C which can help the absorption of iron from the beets.
Cinnamon, although added in small amounts, has great nutritional benefits. It has shown to lower blood sugar and help prevent certain cardiovascular diseases.
Red Smoothie Preparation Tips
Prep couldn't be easier for smoothies – just combine the ingredients in a blender and away you go. However, given this recipe uses raw beets, a more powerful blender might be preferable. We've never had trouble with the Magic Bullet though.
When buying cinnamon, look for Ceylon ideally – this is the original and "true" cinnamon.
As much or as little water can be added depending on how you (or your child) like your smoothies. However, because of the beets, you might need more than normal for this smoothie.
Just make sure you give it a shake before drinking – otherwise, you might have some beetroot floating to the top.
Blueberry Beet Smoothie
- 1 beetroot
- 3 oz blueberries
- pinch cinnamon
- Wash, peel, and cut up the beetroot; wash the blueberries
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender with about 3 oz of water (add more or less depending on desired consistency)