Red Hot Smoothie (gluten-free, vegan, raw, ACD)

Want some? I like the way the smoothie matches my colorful scarf.

I just got back from a long weekend up at our family cabin in Northern Wisconsin. Waking to a fire in the wood stove, stepping outside to greet golden trees around the pond...I nearly didn't come home. Responsibility and commitments got the best of me, however, and here I am, back in civilization. 

Over the weekend,  I spent some time perusing a recipe book entitled Juice! that my mom brought along for me to look at. It really got me inspired about juices and smoothies again, and I got all sorts of great ideas for interesting combinations. Mom took the book back home with her, and I can't find it online anywhere, so I'll have to ask my mom the author and update this post later.  It was a great little book that I'd love to share with you!

Feeling jazzed about juice, I threw together this beautiful red smoothie this morning. It is a combination of red bell pepper and beets from the farmers market and fresh cranberries I purchased on my trip  to cranberry country. I added a bit of cayenne pepper and garlic for kick, as well as flax seed, flax oil, and soaked sunflower seeds.  The color was incredible, the flavor was bold and just a wee bit spicy.  The bell pepper and the beets add a hint of sweet flavor, and the cranberries add a nice tart twist. If you like savory smoothies and juices, you'll like this one. It's also super detoxifying, and is especially helpful for the liver.

Red Hot Smoothie

yield 2 cups

  • 3 baby beets (or 1 medium beet)
  • 1 medium sweet red bell pepper, seeded
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • optional: 1/4 cup soaked raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 Tbsp flax oil

Coarsely chop beet and pepper.  Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until totally smooth. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Note: I used a Vitamix to make this recipe, which yields a totally smooth, creamy smoothie. If you are using a regular blender, you may have to blend longer and chop the vegetables finer in order to get a totally smooth smoothie. 

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