I really wanted to like this recipe.
I’m a huge fan of Green Smoothie Girl (who created the original Hot Pink smoothie)…
See? I met her, and everything. Big fan.
Also, horrible picture.
I love her green smoothie recipe, and make it as often as I can remember.
(This is the recipe I use, it’s pretty much identical. Hers is not on her website)
I’ve been meaning to try out her “Hot Pink Smoothie” version, but I hesitated for a long time because it has a few obscure (somewhat pricey) ingredients.
1 1/2 c. coconut liquid
1 large carrot, cleaned and cut into small pieces (or 5-6 baby carrots)
1/4 of a medium beet, raw, peeled
1/4 c. cashews, raw and unsalted
1/4 c. chopped dates
2 tsp. vanilla
12 frozen strawberries
optional: 1-2 T. plant protein powder (with hemp, pea, brown rice, and chia)
My first ever beet….man, do they stain… everything.
And some cashews. I cheated and plucked some out of some trail mix. Bags of nuts are crazy expensive these days.
Some other important players:
Dates are amazing. Full of good stuff and make so many healthy things taste creamy, almost buttery.
However, this recipe was a no-go for me.
Two main problems:
I used kale, and my Ninja blender couldn’t handle it. Chunky.
The frozen strawberries were sour.
To combat the gross frozen strawberries, I dumped a bunch of honey in it, which I’m pretty sure is frowned upon. Even so, it just made it taste like a kale salad drenched in honey. Bleh.
So, if I were to make it again, I would switch to spinach and use fresh fruit. Or just stick to my green smoothie recipe, because my fingers are still pink from the beets.
Do you make healthy smoothies? Have you tried the Hot Pink version?