It's the time of year when I think we're all trying to eat a little better. It might be that you've made some kind of New Year's resolution around something health related (go you!), or it could be that after holiday overindulging, you are just looking to regroup, reset, and get back to packing in more plants in your diet. I guess I probably fall more into the second category, as my resolution this year is not centered around eating well or working out. I tend to set those kinds of goals more often for shorter amounts of time (like a monthly challenge—that's more my speed).
But no matter where you are at, I have to say that a big glass of delicious fruits and vegetables in the morning or late afternoon just feels GOOD.
This smoothie packs quite a lot in since it's made of ALL plants and tastes surprisingly refreshing. I highly recommend you give this combination a try no matter whether you're a green smoothie person or you've always felt a little nervous about them. 🙂
1 beet (approximately 3 oz.)
1/2 apple, I recommend granny smith for the tart flavor (approximately 2.5 oz.)
1 big handful of spinach (approximately 1 oz.)
4 big mint leaves
1/2 cup 100% pomegranate juice
Peel and then wash the beet, removing any dirt or leaves. Cut into 4-5 pieces.
In a good blender (I love my Vitamix!), combine the beet, apple (seeds and stem removed), spinach, mint, and pomegranate juice. Blend really, really well. You don't want any leaves or large pieces of beet or apple left. A smooth consistency throughout is what you are aiming for.
-This smoothie will be on the thin side, but not so thin that it is like juice. If you want the consistency of this to be more like juice, add 1/2 cup of water before blending. You can strain through a fine mesh strainer, but consuming all of the plants is more nutritious, so I recommend not straining.
-I tend to wear gloves when I cook with beets as they have a tendency to stain your skin. Also watch out if your counter tops are marble as it can stain those as well.
-Since we will be consuming the apple skin and all of the spinach and mint, it's best to buy organic if you can. In general I prefer to buy organic all the time, but I know this isn't always budget friendly. So I at least recommend it when you plan to consume the skin of a plant (apples, berries, etc.).
Happy smoothie making! xo. Emma
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.