Berry Beet Velvet Smoothie

Berry Beet Velvet Smoothie
Blender Recipes

Once it becomes even reasonably warm out, I move my working place outdoors. Our dog loves nothing more than sitting with us outside, simply sniffing the air around her (lots of videos of this on Snapchat if you are interested lol). So if I must plug away on the computer or something, I get a wonderful cup of tea and plunk myself down to the porch next to her.

She finally gives way to some snoozing, and the fresh air is great for keeping my sanity high through the e-mails and proof-reading and such. Our porch wraps around the house and was a key motivating factor in buying our home. It will become the most important meeting “room” after we get into constant double-digit temperatures.

Porch hangs or not, I believe I’m in for a whole lot of outdoor time this weekend. I am making a big dinner for my mother and fam, and my guy and I have some old deck demolition to get down to too. We have also committed to finally framing in and increasing our vegetable garden bed a little. The thing about hunting “raised vegetable beds” on Pinterest is that it gets overwhelming in about five seconds.

I believe we are just gonna take it slow and go by feel. Fingers crossed I will have a finished product to show you guys in a week or so:-RRB- I hope everyone has a restful weekend, and that a few of you get a chance to create this luscious and nourishing smoothie (with beets yes!)!

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BERRY BEET VELVET SMOOTHIE RECIPE

NOTES: I feel a more powerful blender is favored here. I use a high-speed blender, and I still chop up the beet into rather tiny pieces so that the motor does not struggle too much.

1 heaped cup mixed red berries (I did fresh strawberries + frozen cherries)
1 small beet, peeled + sliced little
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
2 teaspoons coconut butter (note: this is a product that contains both the flesh and oil)
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup fermented milk (almond, coconut, hemp etc)
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon mesquite powder
1 teaspoon maca powder

Within an upright blender, combine the berries, chopped beet, banana, date, cacao powder, coconut butter, lemon juice, vanilla, and plant milk. Throw in any add-ins you could use as well. Blend the mixture on high until creamy and smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with shaved bits of coconut butter and a spoonful of cacao powder if you want. Enjoy!