It’s a little hot in central Maryland. It’s approximately 9000 degrees with about 3,000,000% humidity. And the unthinkable has happened. My AC went out. And wouldn’t you know, it’s the day the pool is closed. No cooling options. I can’t cook, let alone eat in this heat. My family understands and they’re pretty flexible on hot days and smart enough to not ask me to cook under such dire conditions.
But I get hungry. So what to do? A few weeks ago I presented you with a smoothie that combined a fruit and a vegetable. I decided to use the same concept tonight to make myself a cool, refreshing and crazy healthy dinner. Behold! The Beet and Cherry Smoothie! I know you’re thinking this sounds very weird, but please give it a try. You can start with a little less beet if you are suspicious and work you way up to the whole one.
Beet and Cherry Smoothie (two servings)
1 grated beet
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup fat free yogurt
1 cup cherries
dash of vanilla
1. Blend the grated beet and water.
2. Add the yogurt and blend again.
3. Throw in the cherries and the vanilla and blend until smooth.
Now don’t feel that you need to serve this in the same Waterford crystal goblet I chose. I simple red Solo cup will do. But it was such a pretty color it deserved as good a presentation as I can do.
I have not been a fan of beets. My experience with them was the borscht we would occasionally have as children. Not good. Not good at all. But my brother started growing them and telling me the cool things he was doing with them. And they are kind of a nice color so I tried them and I was impressed. They have a subtle earthy flavor and when you combine them with some yummy fruit, you have a very healthy meal! And, by the way, beets are VERY GOOD FOR YOU!!!
I gave a sample to everyone in the house and it got three out of four thumbs up. I only expected to get a two. The teenager actually asked me to make this for breakfast for him. Give it a try and let me know what you think.