Blueberry, Beet and Spinach Smoothie

I remember when smoothies became a "thing" in my world.  I was in junior high and a Robeks Juice opened up in the The Commons in Calabasas.  In my social bubble, The Commons were the place to hang out on Friday night.  The first thing I would do when I would get there was buy a strawberry banana smoothie. I was 13-years-old. Well, my age has more than doubled and I still love smoothies.  Light, refreshing and they taste so good.  As if smoothies couldn't be any better, one may even say they have magical powers.

How? you say.

To be blunt- smoothies are like crack for toddlers.

Octavian loves smoothies, and I love that he loves smoothies.  These magic drinks hold the key to sneaking some much-needed vegetables into my child's stomach; vegetables that he won't immediately spit right back out.  This was my first time putting beets into one of his moodies and I am happy to say he drank the entire thing!  I am a huge fan of beets, so this made me one happy mama.  So, you may be wondering what some of the health benefits are of eating beets.  I'll answer.

High in vitamin C which is always a welcome boost to for our immune system
High in fiber
Loaded with minerals such and manganese and and potassium
Contain folate, which help prevent birth defects (so if you're pregnant, drink up!)

Most important, beets are tasty, and complement berry smoothies perfectly.  I threw in some spinach for added veggie sneakage and yogurt for the healthy protein.  I served this as a snack, but it would also be great for breakfast on the go.

Berry Beet Spinach Smoothie

Prep Time:  5 minutes  /  Cook time: 2 minutes  /  Serves: 2 large, 4 small

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup milk of choice (cow/almond/soy/hemp/goat/etc)
1 cup plain greek yogurt (I used full fat since Octavian would be drinking the smoothie, but fat free yogurt will work too)
2 beets, cooked and peeled
1 large handful fresh spinach
1 frozen banana, chopped
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 tablespoons flax seed, ground (optional)
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)

Method:
Grab the best blender you have and dump in all the ingredients.  If you have the "pulse" option on your blender, push it a couple times to get things moving.  Then blend on high for 1-2 minutes until smooth.  If you find that your smoothie is too thick and not blending well, simply add more liquid of choice (I usually add more milk for the protein, but you can also add juice or water).
Pour into a glass and enjoy!  Best when served right away.

Enjoy!

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