After spending the past week packing up all my stuff in boxes, moving and unpacking everything again I was very ready for my first green smoothie in my new kitchen/apartment. It had been a few days since my last green smoothie and I was beginning to go through withdrawal. (joking)
Since I was moving into a friend’s apartment I was able to plant my herb/vegetable garden in the spring long before I moved in. The garden thrived in my absence. Apparently my friend/roommate has a green thumb. We planted beets, spinach, swiss chard, pak choy, tomatoes, and tons of herbs. So for my first green smoothie I thought why not venture into my green garden.
The best way to eat greens, or any vegetable is as soon as they are picked. This is when they are most alive and therefore provide you with the most life. It is when their nutrient content is at their highest. Once a green is picked it being to lose nutrients. So whenever have the opportunity to get the freshest produce available, jump on it.
A small balcony is not the ideal place to grow vegetables but you have to make do with what you have. We planted the beets in a green recycling bin. We planted lots of seeds so they were pretty crowded in there. We did this intentionally so that we would have lots of baby beet greens to eat when we thin out the beets.
I did my best to sort through the tangled stems and leaves and picked the smallest ones for my smoothie. The smoothie I made was incredibly simple but very good. Pineapple, blueberry, baby beet greens and water. If you don’t have baby beet greens try using baby spinach instead.
The smoothie was a beautiful pinkish purple colour thanks to it’s high content of antioxidants.
Here is a picture from my new kitchen where I will be creating and testing new recipes from now on.
Baby Beet Green Smoothie
Note: proportions are approximate. You can put more or less of any of the ingredients to adjust to your taste preference.
1 cup pineapple
1/2 cup – 1 cup blueberries
2 handfuls of baby beet greens
1/2 cup – 3/4 cup water
note: it is better to start with less water and add more until the desired consistency is reached
Blend until smooth.
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