This week started in the best of ways, with
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There wasn't a soul, with or without fur, who stirred until nearly 11 am (on a Monday!). By the time we thought about breakfast, the sun was high in the sky, and the kids at the elementary school behind our house were enjoying their mid-day recess
My husband had taken the week off, with high hopes of painting the front of our house.
As I think back on that morning, I can't help but smile and wonder how easy it is to think love is little more than encouraging her to get some sleep. Or the simple tasks he helped her with, before tackling the project he'd been itching to get started on.
But of course, that's not true
It's a man knowing his wife; that she's a bit worried about oversleeping because she might miss her exercise class. The recipe on the counter is one she'd like to make for dinner that evening
It's a man knowing there's laundry to start, kitties wanting to be cuddled, and puppies that need to be dropped off for their afternoon playdate. A man with an ear to the radio
noting the hot and steamy week ahead
It's a husband who takes a break in his afternoons to call, just because he's thinking of her. Or makes things extra special when our families come to visit. The man who always cedes the Pandora station, and eats (almost) everything she cooks
He's chosen to forget her over-tired words the night before, the pursed lips from the week prior, her cold feet in the winter, all of the cookbooks that appear in Amazon boxes by the front door, and the many animals that now occupy his bed.
Love is also remembering to forget
And so he will get her going for the day, with reassuring words that things will (mostly) get done, and those that don't well, there will be other days. The house painting at the top of his list will instead be paused, for her
He's been outside working later and later on these unseasonably warm September days, pausing briefly, only when she'd bring him some water
“What do you think?”
I think it's love
This has been his favorite smoothie combination as of late.
The earthiness of the beets offsets the sweetness of the cherries, while the Beauti-fuel protein powder contains pea protein to decrease the appetite and restore gut microflora.
I like to make his with Siggi's Filmjolk, which is a low-sugar probiotic drink. Looking for a dairy-free option? Nut milk is a great substitute. A teaspoon of bee pollen to top it off
ps: A few words of wisdom from Dana James. If you're someone who's not sure about a smoothie, try putting it in a bowl instead and eating it like a soup. Like so many other things in life, whatever it takes to get past the mental hurdle.
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~ Adapted from Food Coach NYC
You Make My Heart Beet Smoothie
- 1 ¼ cup almond milk (or plain kefir)
- 2 Tbsp protein powder, vanilla or unflavored
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 1 beet, lightly steamed (the original called for ½ raw beet)
- 2-3 ice cubes + more depending on the consistency you'd like
- Optional Additions or Toppings
- 1 tsp bee pollen
- 1 tbsp hemp Seeds
- 1 tbsp chia Seeds
- Steam the Beet
- Fill the bottom of a steamer with 2 inches of water.
- While the water is coming to a boil, wash, and cut the beets into quarters.
- Steam covered for 15 minutes. They're done when you can easily insert a fork or the tip of a knife into the beet.
- Peel using a paper towel. Transfer to a bowl and let cool.
- Add all of the ingredients to your blender and mix until smooth.
This looks amazing! 🙂 Can’t wait to try your recipe. I love that you also added cherries, what a great combo!
Ahhh. This is the type of Veggies post that I love. xo
That looks fabulous. I’ve always wanted to try a smoothie but they sort of scare me. Time to put on my big girl pants and just do it. Thanks for the recipe. (Must remember to not add pie)
That post reminds me of why LOVE is the best thing in the world to experience. There’s nothing like finding that person who will cherish your existence and will happily show how grateful he is each day. Love this smoothie recipe, it’s a must-try!
I love love love this smoothie recipe. I am known for dropping a beet or two in an omelet, but never thought of smoothies! Fantastic.
Yum. Not only does the combo of flavors sound so good. The color is just amazing.
This smoothie looks amazing. I love the colors. I have been in a smoothie rut of kale and blueberry lately so it is great to get some new inspiration. 🙂
This smoothie sounds so refreshing and truly what a creative recipe to make something so delicious. Once again, great photos! I admire the pretty colors of the smoothies against a black background. They’re just screaming “drink me. I’m delicious”.
Loving this. I have strong resolve in the morning which slips as the day progresses. This smoothie may be just what I need! xx
My work schedule is very irregular, but my morning routine usually is: jump out of bed when the alarm goes off, kiss husband, pet the cat, take a shower, get dressed, prep our smoothies for the day, have breakfast, (homemade granola and soymilk for him, fruits, homemade bread and butter for me), prepare my Tupperware lunch, brush my teeth, say goodbye to cat and informing him what time I will be back (hubby already gone before me). Whew! It seems like a lot when I write it all down. So excited to give this one a try this week! xo
My husband is my rock and fortress. He’s strong, it seems, all the time and I draw from that strength when I need it. Sleeping in is how our week started as well and we didn’t care one bit, it was needed.
All things red for these dog days of summer 🙂
Another post filled with deliciousness and love, you never fail. I’m a big believe in appreciating the little things in life, it’s easy to get wrapped up being busy and forget to love and appreciate what you have. Thanks for the reminder
I have a carton of that almond milk in my fridge at all times (well vanilla unsweetened) and always have smoothies ready to go. I pre-make them, freeze them, and then nuke for 30 secs when needed. Such an a.m. timesaver when things are going crazy. I love your flavors. Love beets. They’re nature’s candy!
This is exactly what I need following the WHOLE PAN of almond butter brownies I made from your site this past weekend. :0
Huzzah for creative smoothie combinations! The other day I smoothied spinach, watermelon, and yogurt. Thanks for mixing it up!
You know one of my fave veggies is beetroot, in a salad cooked, blended however, but good knows why i’ve not had a smoothie beet. Great for the blood and skin, if you like it Alison, I know I will love it .
I love cooking, food. blogs and lovely writing, so I’m not so sure why it took me so long to discover your site. But now that I have, I feel like I’ve found something I was missing. Thank you for sharing your stories with such honesty and heart and humor (the three cardinal “H”s!). I can’t wait to read about your next adventures in food, friendship, family and cooking… you know, all the things that make life wonderful.
I love beets, especially when they are bursting to life this time of year. Smoothies look like the perfect vehicle for getting my cherry fill too! Yum. xx
I absolutely love your blog and have added it to my feed reader. Thanks for your amazingly creative photography not to mention the less usual choice of a smoothie! I love beets, cherries, and smoothies, so why not try them all together?
I LOVE beets, get them while you can! Using infusions instead or water for a smoothie base is something I do often – keeps thing interesting. Love the idea of red on red. I bet this would be fantastic with frozen raspberries as well. Safe travels! 🙂
This smoothie looks and sounds so good! I know that beets are a great food option but I always struggle with how to incorporate it into the meals. This is a really good idea for it, I will have to give it a try. Thanks!
Those are all wonderful gestures of love, I know I sure would appreciate them. I’ve never cared for beets, my Mom likes them and love smoothies so maybe this would make her smile.
This post is filled with so much love… that story was really touching and it really is wonderful to find the one who will respect you and appreciate you to the fullest. By the way, I had never heard of pea protein before but I am totally intimidated. Tell me more!
It is all the little things a husband and wife do for each other through the day and week. Adds up to love. Making him the favorite smoothie of the month is a way to show you care and love him.
This has such a beautiful color. I’m not a fan of beets, but it’s a texture thing for me. I’ll have to try this one since the texture is non existent in a smoothie.
What a wonderful love story. My husband is the most considerate person I know and that is one of the reasons I love him so much. That smoothie this is too beautiful color and I bet you it taste delicious too.
Anyone who pretends not to notice the Amazon boxes and Sephora boxes and all other kinds of boxes that magically appear…I’d say that’s love too 🙂 How lovely does this smoothie look??? I’ve personally haven’t used beets in a smoothie before though I really love beets. This looks like a great recipe to get started.
Aw, love is a great thing, that’s for sure. I’ve never tried a smoothie with a beet in it, but I’m open to giving it a try. I generally love all smoothies.
How beautiful does this smoothie look! Love the vibrant colour! The combination of flavours sound amazing together x
YOu has me at beet girl! What an awesome combination you put together. Do you think it would be good with raw beet?
Oh, the beautiful things about finding the love of your life! You just pointed out why love is such a special feeling. I think this smoothie is great! I’d love to try the recipe!
Love is a strange things but agree with you, sometime it’s also see the bigger picture and just let go of silly stuff! I never imagined to combine such ingredients in a smoothie but it does looks tasty so will have to try it!
This looks really good! I am not much of a regular beet person, but, with the combination of other ingredients, sounds good! Thanks for sharing!
I’m not sure I ever thought to put beets in a smoothie but I bet it’s yummy! I love them plain so I’m sure I’d love it in a drink form too.
I have never had beets in a smoothie. I am not so sure how that would taste, but it does look good. It looks very healthy.
I would totally love to make this. There are so many great ingredients!
This is a really great use of beets! I would really love to get into this one.
What a sweet narrative.Indeed love is not in doing spectacular or grandiose things. Love is in those small and thoughtful gestures which overflow with caring. Indeed the Beet smoothie seems to be overflowing with love. We love our beets and know it is a very healthy vegetable, we use it in salads, smoothies and also as part of a single pot rice recipe.
Your recipes are amazing! I save them all and try many. Love this! Thank you friend!
I have been a little beet obsessed lately since turning vegetarian for Lent. This would be a nice smoothie indeed. Also, I am super jealous for you sleeping in. Just sleeping would be fine right about now!
Hi Ali! I am the kale and spinach smoothie queen and have one at least every day. Surprisingly, kids are on board (even though I jam pack the smoothies with tons of veggies). I just take heaping piles of either kale or spinach and throw in some frozen fruit, coconut water and a banana of course, and call it a smoothie. I have never tried green grass powder. I usually just throw in some flax seed. Your red smoothie looks great so I will definitely give it a shot!
This smoothie looks so attractive. I think this smoothie is great!I am gonna try this out.
Your husband sounds like such a gem. And this smoothie is just perfect for me – I love anything with a hint of cherry 🙂
There really is more ways to say “I love you” without words! The smoothie is such a beautiful color! Sounds good!
I do agree that sleep is definitely the best form of meditation but its been a while since I have had a full night of sleep. But I love that you were able to have a lie in for once and its great that you have found a smoothie that suits you both. I love how fresh and vibrant it looks and while I have never been a massive beets lover, I like the idea of adding cherry to it which would make it sweeter. But of course I trust your judgement as I have tried replicating your other veggie friendly recipes before and they had great results so I am excited to try this one. I think I will try it as a smoothie bowl x
I never really cared for beets, well they were not one of my favorites so why eat them, right? Wow was I wrong. Those bad boys are nutrition powerhouses! I’ve been looking for recipes outside the box and this one firs perfectly. Thank-you so much!
Oh I love this Ali and as always you are so right. Those little things like knowing how each others minds work is true love! This looks delicious and so good for you too! I need to try one!
I honestly like the taste of beets, my I’ll occasionally juice them or include them in my smoothies since they help me with my anemia. I’ll definitely have to try this smoothie the next time.
I love your smoothie recipes, I highlighted one of your recipes in my recent post about healthy breakfasts, and this new recipe is just as amazing as that simple green protein smoothie was! Thanks for sharing 🙂
What a yummy recipe. I am a huge fan of smoothie especially in the summer months. A good way to up my fruit intake.
now im so curious! i love beets but i actually havent tried it this way! surely something different!
I’ve always struggled with beets even though they are such a wonderfully healthy food. I think this smoothie is a way that I could enjoy them, and smoothies happen to be my favorite breakfast!
Cleansing and nutritious! This kind of smoothie is exactly what I would want after eating a few too many brownies. . . which has been happening a little too frequently as of late. I imagine yours tastes sweet and creamy, like a nice refreshing treat. I like that you keep the ingredients simple – I will give it a shot after the next brownie binge 😉
I’ve never made a smoothie but this looks like a pretty good place to start. So healthy. Just what I need after all those comforting winter cakes and muffins!
I love beetroot so this sounds perfect. Such a beautiful colour too
I wonder if I would add some little wine or liquor, what would be the taste? Would the beet flavor wouldn’t be fade?
Oh, now that does sound like a good idea 🙂
I love beets and in smoothies, they are so great. I steam mine just because I find it easier to digest and I am happy you chose to as well. i like the addition of bee pollen for add-ins.
I’m craving a smoothie right now!
and I’m completely out of spinach and bananas!
and a strawberry+cucumber smoothie?
this one is going on my list as well.
I can’t wait to make this. Love your posts, Ali. Your writing and storing telling always gets me. Every time..
Goodness gracious, I would really enjoy this smoothie and I’m not a big smoothie drinker. I love beets to the point that I could eat them every day. Everyone picks at me about the number of beets I eat and buy and I tell them to “just “beet” it.”
I am all for cherry smoothies. I am sure this would taste delicious. It reminds me of growing up and visiting my grandfathers place with the large cherry orchard in the back. I didn’t get to go nearly as often as I would have liked. But it would have been nice. And the cherries were magnificent. I always like the way you compose your stories. It is a labor of love. Love really is about getting to know the little things about the other person. And love finds beauty in those small moments.
Wow i never really have been a fan of beets, even as a kid no one could get me to eat them. Many nights at the table waiting , but I must say that this definitely looks like something to try again,
A healthy smoothie can do wonders to get back on track or to just appreciate food that doesn’t have chocolate, peanut butter, or cream cheese in it 🙂
I love the story that goes with… 🙂 I think beets and cherries could be delicious together!
I never thought of putting beets in a smoothie before. Interesting! It makes for such a pretty color, too. 🙂
Your recipes are always wonderful!! Love the vibrant colour! The combination of flavours sound amazing together! Need to try this!!
I love beet smoothie and I can’t resist that natural pink color! Makes it more delicious and enjoyable to consume.
I love beets and cherries but never thought to combine them in a smoothie. I can see how they would mesh well together because sometimes the flavor of beet juice can be very overpowering so you need something to add the sweetness.
There is nothing on earth quite like the emotion of love! ? Beautiful words. Interesting recipe as well. Never would have though to make a beet smoothie, but I actually like beets! I know they are hit or miss for some people, but I’m looking forward to trying this recipe!
How beautiful does this smoothie look! Love how colorful it is! The combination of flavours sound amazing together
That smoothie recipe sounds amazing and I can’t wait to make it at home. I enjoyed this post so much. Love is in the air.
I love beet smoothies and juices. They feel like they’ll undo all of the “bad” 🙂
Wow, looks so good this is the first time that I saw the beet smoothie and looks so yummy, I really want to try this
I can’t get enough of smoothies so I’ve bookmarked this to save for a rainy day! Love the combo of ingredients too… All very good for us!
Oh my, does that ever look delicious. I swear by rice milk, blueberries, a handful of oats and flax seed, a banana if I’m really hungry. Whisking it all up. And yum, it’s a great breakfast smoothie. Will be trying yours, looks a great way to get those reds. After all, it’s smoothie season, with bikini season right around the corner x
Aaaaaahhhhhhh…I’d so much love to make this smoothie….am missing the cherries, though!
So sad, right? I just can’t seem to find any of them here in Uganda.
Asides that, WOW….this is real love….the kind of love that never “sleeps on the job” and is always selfless! I long to love somebody that way. Thank you, Alison, for sharing!
Its supper yummy ,,,,, and cool
am rate this recipe after testing it
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