How about straying away from those high-calorie and nutrition-deficient temptations and trying something just as yummy but a lot better for you? Fruit smoothies are a great addition to anyone’s day. No, it’s not easy to get local fruit this time of year in the Northeast – but nothing satisfies the urge for sweets more than some fresh berries, local beets, and local maple syrup.
Beet and Berry Smoothie
1 cup vanilla soy milk
1 raw beet peeled and grated
1/2 cup strawberry soy yogurt
1 ripe banana
1 1/4 cups of frozen mixed berries 3-4 fresh strawberries
2 tbsp maple syrup
Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth. Make sure you’re using a heavy-duty blender like Vitamix, Magic Bullet, or even a food processor (beets are hard!). Add in the fresh strawberries last and pulse the blender. Feel free to add more milk if you like a thinner smoothie. If you prefer dairy products, you can go that route, too! But don’t be afraid to try something. The non-dairy versions are delicious!
Fun strawberry Facts ~ Strawberries are packed with Vitamin C and are low in calories. There are over 600 varieties of strawberries, varying in shape, size, and color! In addition, strawberries are the only fruits with seeds on the outside.