Sunday Smoothie 4: Beets, Carrots and Berries

For today’s Smoothie Sunday, as it is the first since two weeks, I decided to go big. This means Making a Smoothie with other ingredients than just fruit. I decided to buy some organic beets and carrots on the farmers market, combined with some tasty, fruity berries and watermelon.

Ingredients:

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Watermelon
  • Basil
  • Mint

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BeabaAs we are making a smoothie with the vegetables that are hard when you get them, I used the Babycook from Beaba to steam the carrots and the beets. Don’t overcook the carrots and the beets, otherwise the smoothie will become a mess of slimy vegetable pulp.

Carrots

Carrots are extremely nutritious and rich in vitamins A, B and C; iron; calcium; potassium and sodium. Carrots have a cleansing effect on the liver and digestive system, help prevent the formation of kidney stones and relieve arthritis. For smoothies, carrots are a great ingredient to use, as they are naturally sweet. Carrots can be used in almost any smoothie recipe.

Beets

Beets are high in vitamin A and the enzyme betaine. Betaine nourishes and strengthens the liver and gallbladder. Beets are also full of potassium. Eating beets will have a cleansing effect on the liver, kidneys and gallbladder. For smoothies you can use cooked fresh, frozen or canned beets with any juice. We use fresh organic beets off course!

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The smoothie with carrots and beets was wonderful tasty. The raspberries and watermelon made the smoothie juicy and sweet, where the carrots and beets made the smoothie ultra healthy!

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Sunday Smoothie 3: Berries & Peach

Only a couple of weeks left in the Berry Season, so I thought we would go all berry this week in the Sunday Smoothie. Well, not completely all berry, we just add some other ingredients for the taste. Ingredients:

  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry
  • One white Peach
  • Mint leaves
  • Basil leaves

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This time I learned my lesson. You put the fruit first in the blender and throw ice cubes  when you already blended the fruit. This way the ice won’t get stuck at the bottom of your blender, and you will get a juicy smoothie from the start.

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I have to say, this particular smoothie was the best so far. All the berries gave it a fruity and sweet taste. And because I only added ice at the end , the ratio between fruit and crushed ice was a better mix.

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Sunday Smoothie 2: Berry Season

The Sunday Smoothie: Strawberry – Blueberry Smoothie

End of July beginning of August is Berry Season. With fresh organic Strawberries and Blackberries available on the farmers market, today’s Sunday Smoothie is all about the berries.

Ingredients: Strawberries, Blueberries, Banana, Basil & Ice Cubes.

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For a little extra flavor and the vitamin B we are throwing a Banana in this pure berry smoothie.

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The only ingredient is crushed ice cubes and some leaves fresh Basil.

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The Basil leaves are not only used in this smoothie for the taste it gives, but also for the specific healing properties Basil possesses: antispasmodic,  soothing digestive, antibacterial, antidepressant, adrenal gland stimulant.

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A wonderful healthy vitamin shot for the Sunday Smoothie today: Strawberry – Blueberry Smoothie.

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For more smoothies, I recommend the Smoothies Bible: