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Blendtec Berry Beet Smoothie & Giveaway Winner!

In my post about beets I mentioned that I make a berry smoothie with a quarter of beet in it. Don’t turn up your nose until you try it, this is one of my favorite healthy smoothies! Although I had photographed making one of these beauties a year ago it got lost in the shuffle and never made it to a post. If you don’t like beets you most likely won’t like this smoothie as the flavor does shine through.  Of course you can leave the beet out and use more berries for a Berry Berry Smoothie instead!

Why drink smoothies made with vegetables and fruit?

It’s an easy way to get more fruits and vegetables into your daily diet.

This drink is filled with vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants yet it tastes delicious.

If you don’t find yourself sitting down to a big bowl full of nutrient rich healthy greens on a regular basis such as kale, spinach, collard greens and swiss chard you can enjoy the  health benefits of cruciferous vegetables by blending them with fruit!

Such a pretty pink!

If you have a high powered blender like a Blendtec or a Vitamix  most everything can go into the blender at once starting with the water and the fresh ingredients, frozen items on top. In the Blendtec I process this first using the smoothie setting and then when the machine stops add the ice and pulse until smooth.

If I have a fresh beet I peel it, cut into quarters and freeze the leftovers to use in future smoothies. The sliced frozen strawberries came from Costco. Sometimes I add a scoop of protein powder to make this a filling summer breakfast after my morning walk.

 

This makes a blender full of this gorgeous smoothie packed with good nutrition!

Making green smoothies and beet berry smoothies has become a simple way to get more variety of greens and veggies into our daily diet. Eventually since we loved the smoothies so much we bought this high powered Blendtec blenders at one of the Costco roadshows featuring them. I chose the Blendtec over the Vitamix because the Blendtec would fit under my kitchen cabinet and I liked the look of it. The great thing about purchasing the Blendtec through Costco is a good price and an extended warranty! Now I use the Blendtec blender to make salsa, hummus, dips, puree soups and all kinds of things! I would be lost without it.

 

Berry Beet Smoothie

  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 Apple, cored, halved or quartered
  • 1 Banana, peeled
  • 1/4 beet, peeled Or omit and use more berries instead
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 cups of fresh kale, remove stems, or spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Stevia or sweetener of choice, just a pinch
  • 1 cup ice

 

If using a high powered blender like a Blendtec or Vitamix:

If you have a high powered blender like a Blendtec or a Vitamix  most everything can go into the blender at once starting with the water and the fresh ingredients, frozen items on top. In the Blendtec I process this first using the smoothie setting and then when the machine stops add the ice and pulse until smooth.

If using a regular blender:

Cut the fruits and vegetables into smaller pieces and start with the water and add a little of the fruits and vegetables at a time, processing completely before adding more. Add crushed ice at the end as it blends easier.

Also if you let the frozen fruit thaw slightly it will process easier in a regular blender. If you use frozen beets make sure to cut them into slices before freezing.

Yield: 2 Servings

Nutritional Information

Per Serving: 192 Calories; 1g Fat (5.0% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 46g Carbohydrate; 8g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 59mg Sodium.

With 1 scoop vanilla protein powder unsweetened Per Serving: 232 Calories; 1g Fat (4.2% calories from fat); 11g Protein; 49g Carbohydrate; 9g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 129mg Sodium.

Grocery Card Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to everyone who left a comment about the new Safeway Simple Nutrition Program. I used Random.Org integer to select a random winner and the winner of the $25 grocery card is Jessie C!  Congratulations! Jessie C please email me your mailing address so I can get the gift card in the mail to you!

Nutmeg Notebook

Our son worked at a Baskin Robbins when he was in high school and they used the commercial version of the Blendtec blender and he told us how awesome it was. I started doing some on line research about that blender and I discovered that they were popular for making green smoothies. I didn’t know anything about green smoothies so I Googled green smoothies and that was when I discovered the blogging community for the first time! At first I found the raw food bloggers but eventually the path lead me to more moderate healthy living blogs and weight loss bloggers.

I enjoyed the sense of community with the bloggers so much that I decided I wanted to be a part of it and share my favorite recipes and foods finds! Thus Nutmeg Notebook was born.

This blog came to life because of green smoothies!

Tami

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  1. Jan says:

    That is beautiful and full of anti-oxidant goodness and other wholesome, um, stuff. :)

    Thanks for providing all the nutrition info, also. Can’t tell you how much I enjoy reading your site!

    1. Tami says:

      Thank you Jan! Did I ever tell you that my mom’s name is Jan? Well anyway I am quite fond of your name as my mom is a gem of a gal!

      I am so glad that you enjoy the blog and that you take the time to leave me comments. It means a great deal to me. :)

  2. Karen says:

    I first joined 3fatchicks diet forum and they had blogs available for members. I don’t know what possessed me to start one since I had hardly ever even READ one before! But for some reason I decided it might give me personal accountability with my diet at the time. Then I discovered how much I loved blogging and the community. Love the community:)

    1. Tami says:

      I use to sometimes go to 3 Fat Chicks to look for recipes! I don’t think I ever left a post there though, I was just a lurker!

  3. Dawn Hutchins says:

    I make my daughter blueberry, banana and spinach smoothies all the time. I add in a scoop of protien powder and she loves them!
    I remember when I discovered blogs…I was looking for a chicken recipe and came across Closet Cooking’s honey curry roasted chicken thighs. From then on I was hooked.
    I think I started my own just because it looked like something fun and I figured what the heck? I don’t have anything to lose!

    1. Tami says:

      I wish I would have known about healthy smoothies when my kids were little. My son wouldn’t eat veggies and it would have been nice to have gotten some healthy greens in his system.

      Thanks for sharing how you came to be a blogger!

  4. Marisa @ Loser for Life says:

    That’s a beautiful smoothie! I haven’t been a fan of beets, but I bet I would like it in a smoothie!

    1. Tami says:

      If you like beets you would like some in a smoothie it adds flavor and sweetness!

  5. Jody - Fit at 53 says:

    That is one packed smoothie!!!! I don’t do smoothies as much as I did when I was younger but that sure looks good & I like beets! I would probably cut back a bit on veggies fruit & add more protein powder. So typical a comment from me, right Tami! ;-)

    1. Tami says:

      More protein does not surprise me Jody! You like beets -finally a food Jody likes and can have! Yippee!

      Another scoop of protein powder would be awesome in this and then it would be a nice meal replacement.

  6. Sharon says:

    I started making smoothies because I have a source of free fresh blueberries each summer and my freezer is literally overflowing with bags of bluberries. When I realized it was also an easy way to get spinach into my eating, it became a no-brainer!

    At one of the lowest points in my life, I googled “diet blogs” and the first two entries that popped up were Lynn of “Lynn’s Weigh” and Diane of “Fit To The Finish.” I spent on entire day reading those two blogs from start to finish and it gave me the encouragement I needed. It was a few months later before I began my blog because I’d always thought I’d write a travel or hiking blog, but after reading those two and many others, I knew I wanted the focus to be my healthy eating journey with some travel and hiking thrown in. So far, no one seems to mind!!

    1. Tami says:

      Freee blueberries – sign me up! That is so awesome Sharon. Smoothies are no brainers you are so right.

      I enjoy how you blend your weight loss and your incredible hikes. I enjoy your photos so much!

  7. Lisa T says:

    I love your story about discovering healthy living blogs. I am a recipe junky and I found my first blog when I was searching for a recipe for salted caramel ice cream. The blog where I found the recipe was not a healthy living blog, but once I understood what blogs were I searched for “diet blog” and found a ton. Some of my favorites are like yours and TJ’s where you talk about the healthy living journey but also share your great recipes. I haven’t worked up the nerve to start my own blog, but I love the community and really enjoy reading – lots of good inspiration.

    And speaking of being inspired, I need to start making smoothies again!

    1. Tami says:

      How funny that a yummy high calorie dessert lead you to healthy living blogs! I like TJ’s blog too and I found hers before I started my own. Who knows you might take the leap one day and have your own blog!

      I agree with you that the blogging community is full of inspiration.

  8. Ann says:

    I’ve never been a fan of smoothies. I think it’s a texture thing. I also don’t like shakes or malts. But, my kids love em. fruit and ice only and they’ll eat em like candy. I don’t like beets, but maybe I could do it mixed with other goodies?

    1. Tami says:

      I would think if you don’t like beets you wouldn’t like it in your smoothie! The flavor of it comes through.

      How nice that your kids drink fruit and ice drinks – such a healthy snack!

  9. Cammy@TippyToeDiet says:

    About the time I won my Vitamix, I reached smoothie overload. But it’s nice to have for when I’m ready for smoothies again. :)

    I stumbled into blogging about weight loss about halfway through my loss phase. I’d been blogging about life in general on another blog and noticed that most of my posts focused on weight loss. So I started a new blog to go with the new me! :)

    1. Tami says:

      You won a Vitamix, how cool is that! A new blog for a new you, that was a wonderful way to start your new life.

  10. Leslie says:

    I found the blogging community by stumbling across Pasta Queen 2 years ago. At that time I read her entire archive, which took a week since I couldn’t read every minute! I got inspired and started clicing on some of her commenters – voila! Found the whole world of blogging. BUT I have no idea how I got to Pasta Queen! Just glad I did.

    The smoothies look marvelous. I doubt I could get more veggies and fruit in – even when my eating is not clean, I eat a ton of F and Vs.

    1. Tami says:

      Leslie I don’t know Pasta Queen, I will have to check that out!

      Even though I do eat a lot of fruits and veggies the smoothies are a good way to get in larger quantities of the greens that I don’t eat as often like kale, chard and spinach I can have all five daily servings of fruit and veggies done with just breakfast! Love that.

  11. Janine says:

    It was one of your posts that encouraged me to give the green smoothie a try last year. We’ve been enjoying them ever since. I wouldn’t have believed we could get lots of spinach in without tasting it, but it’s true! Love my Vitamix–how cool that Cammy won one!

    1. Tami says:

      Janine thank you for letting me know that you are enjoying green smoothies! I love that you are getting in lots of spinach and don’t have to taste it going down! :)

      The smoothies with veggies are way more flavorful than one could imagine.

  12. Roz says:

    OOOH….gorgeous color from those beets. Thanks for the great idea!! I wish I could remember how I found my first blog, but just loved reading them, and I love being part of the community. Have a great day Tami.

  13. Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily says:

    That smoothie looks amazing. I am still pretty new to the blogging community but I think what really hooked me was the community. Everyone is so amazing and supportive.

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Megan and welcome to Nutmeg Notebook. The community is pretty awesome and it’s nice to find like minded people to share ideas with.

      Enjoy your day!

  14. The Candid RD says:

    I think your smoothie sounds wonderful! I really wish I could use beets in my smoothies but they are not part of my low FODMAPs diet for IBS. Apparently they have something in them that I will not digest properly (high amounts of fructose, maybe?). They are so good for oyu and I’m missing out!
    I do love the idea of kale (or spinach) in a smoothie. The smoothies I make normally have banana, kale, sweet potato, frozen berries, a bit of juice and almond milk.

    1. Tami says:

      Sorry you can’t have beets but I read that chard is a close cousin of the beet!

      I never thought to put some sweet potato in my smoothies but that sounds delicious! Thank you so much for the idea.

  15. Erica says:

    For anyone who isn’t fond of beets, I recommend checking local farmers’ markets for different varieties of beets. I’ve even found some that my children love! My younger son describes a yellowy-orange type as tasting “like buttered corn”.

    We will definitely try beets in smoothies.

    1. Tami says:

      Erica isn’t it awesome that your children eat beets! I love that. Oh those yellowy-orange ones sound amazing. I will look for them the next time I am at the Farmer’s Mkt. I bought some at Whole Foods but they weren’t as sweet as the red ones.

      Let me know what you think of beets in smoothies!

  16. Heather says:

    Tammy, I love your website. I too, was introduced to blogging through my love for green smoothies. I LOVE my chocolate Nutri Shake that I eat daily. I love this beautiful pink shake though. I will definitely have to try it! It sounds DELISH!!!
    THANKS:) Check out my website if you get a chance, and I’ll definitely add you to my list of blogs to follow!:)

    Heather McClees

    1. Tami says:

      We share a love of green smoothies! I will stop by and check out your blog. Thanks for taking the time to leave me a comment. :)

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