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A veggie smoothie never tasted this good. NO fruit. NO green. This one’s bright pink and so. much. fun. Let me tell you all about this BEET-GINGER Smoothie/Milkshake … that’s Paleo/Primal & GAPS!
Beets are full of fiber and good carbs. They’re excellent for detoxification and for getting the bowels going. They’re great for heart health, high in minerals, and B-complex vitamins. Beets are low in calories yet provide a gentle yield of energy. You’ll see in the recipe below that they’re cooked. This makes them easy on one’s digestion…and delicious texturally, when they’re frozen and blended– slushy and creamy!
And if you like pretty food, this smoothie begs. you. to make it. So pretty.
Fresh ginger! Add more for an exciting kick, or less if kids are drinking it. Ginger boosts the immune system, helps with detoxing and is great for digestion; it’s anti-viral, fights inflammation, relieves congestion, is anti-parasitic, and more! I say, the more ginger, the better.
If you’re making this to work on the GAPS diet, substitute honey for the maple syrup! You can also use freshly pressed juice as the liquid. I love using raw milk or coconut milk as a creamy base. But freshly pressed carrot or apple juice is also lovely and allows you to omit the sweetener. Enjoy!
- 2 large whole beets unpeeled
- 2 cups raw milk or coconut milk
- 1 cup raw cream or coconut cream/high fat coconut milk
- 3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1-2 inch nub fresh ginger, chopped roughly, unpeeled
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cook beets by steaming them or boiling slowly until they're fork-tender through to their centers. Allow to cool. Run under cool water and rub off the peel. Cube into approximately 3/4" cubes. Spread beets onto parchment lined cookie sheet and freeze, 6 hours minimum or overnight. (If making ahead, gather up frozen cubes and place in freezer storage container until you're ready to use.)
Place frozen beets into high-powered blender. Add maple syrup, fresh ginger, and vanilla. Add 2 cups milk. Process on medium speed until the chunks are smaller and blender stops because it needs more liquid.
Add cream, release air bubble by blade, and process again on high speed until milkshake/smoothie is totally smooth, about 25 seconds.