I want you to guess what my new kitchen gadget is…
I’ll give you a few clues.
It can dry chop, wet chop, make soup, ice cream, smoothies and juice…It’s also $400…and it is sold at Costco.
Have you guessed it?
Yes, it’s a Vita-Mix!! My brother surprised us with one on Mother’s Day. I was way more excited than my mother (she didn’t know what it was at first).
My brother, after watching Food Matters, is on a health kick. He has been consuming mass amounts of “Green Smoothies” to off set his not-so-heart healthy diet. A green smoothie contains greens masked by fruits so that it is more palatable. It’s the new way for Americans to sneak green vegis into their diet without feeling like a hippie or a rabbit.
I have been experimenting with my own green smoothies. Today I made something that I named Sweet Dirt. Yummy!
1 fresh beet (whole)
1.5 cups spinach
3/4 cup carrot juice or whole carrots
1 cup ice (optional)
Start the vita-mix on “variable” and slowly turn it up to 10. Once on high, flip the variable switch to high. Blend on high for 30 seconds. If you are using a conventional blender, it may not be able to crush the beets/carrots into liquid.
It will come out looking like blood. I think it’s pretty. Some may think differently.
It also tastes like sweet dirt because of the beets. I enjoy beet juice every so often but it’s not for the faint of heart. If your body is not used to it, you may experience some stomach discomfort and red poop. (I only tell you this because I thought I had internal bleeding but realized it was the beets!) I recommend this drink for those of you who can convince yourself that something tastes good, simply because it’s healthy. On a hippie scale from 1 to 10, this drink gets a 7 out of 10. My bf, who is way less hippie than me, could not drink this. He said the texture was actually like dirt. He prefers Jamba Juice.
Here is some info about beets. Maybe it will convince you to acquire a taste for them.
- Garden-beet is very low in calories (contain only 45 kcal/100 g) and fat; but is very rich in dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals.
- The root is rich source of phytochemical compound Glycine betaine. Betaine has the property of lowering homocysteine levels in the blood. Homocysteine, one of highly toxic metabolite, promotes platelet clot as well as atherosclerotic-plaque formation which is otherwise can be harmful to blood vessels. High levels of homocystiene in the blood results in the development of coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke and peripheral vascular diseases.
- Raw beets are an excellent source of folates; contains about 109 mcg/100 g ( Provides 27% of RDA). However, extensive cooking may significantly depletes its level in food. Folates are necessary for DNA synthesis in the cells. When given during peri-conception period folates can prevent neural tube defects in the baby.
- It contains significant amounts of vitamin-C, one of the powerful natural antioxidant which helps body scavenge deleterious free radicals one of the reasons for cancers development.
- Source: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/beets.html