Do any food items make you think of a holiday? In a way, beets make me think of Valentine’s Day, because of their color. Beet juice is such a wonderful color of pink (magenta?). I see it and immediately think of heart-shaped boxes and people kissing at doors. So… I really wanted to add a few chocolate chips in here…
BUT, because the beautiful beet smoothie happened post-morning run… I thought it best to allow healthy things to just be healthy. Yes, beets and chocolate DO taste better. And yes, there are three pounds of chocolate chips lurking in the refrigerator. But NO… save the chocolate chips for the cookies; where they really belong.
And… then I added fennel seeds. Not as great as fresh fennel, mind you, but still has a few good cleansing properties. The crispness of fennel also helps to cut through the heavy favors of beets and bananas, which is a good thing for a smoothie. (Side Note: if you have fresh fennel, use it)
All the while, I’m humming Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love.” Love that song. I don’t actually know the origin or meaning of it, but I’m sure it’s good since it came from a man that hits higher notes than I can. He’s really quite a prodigy.
And on to the smoothie. Blend until you hit the high notes. Or not.
Bon Iver Beet Smoothie
1 beet, cleaned (meaning: cut off base at stems and roots) and cut into small ONE-inch chunks
1 banana, quartered
5 fresh or frozen cherries, pitted
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup “milk” of choice
7-10 ice cubes
2 teaspoons ground chia seeds (optional)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
1 teaspoon sweetener (optional)
Directions: blend first SIX (and optional – if you choose) ingredients together until smooth. Continue blending and add ice cubes, one at a time. Blend until smooth. Drink through straw. Serves: 2 people or one really hungry person.