"I wish you health, I wish you well, and happiness galore.
I wish you luck for you and friends; what could I wish you more?
May your joys be as deep as the oceans, your troubles as light as its foam. And may you find, sweet peace of mind, where ever you may roam." - Irish Toast
Whether you are Irish-born or Irish at "heart," this Minty Shamrock Smoothie with Beet Greens and Banana is a fabulous addition to your festivity-filled day or week. Although many people are familiar with eating the root portion of the beet, beet leaves (the leafy greens atop the beetroot portion) offer many fantastic health benefits and a stunning natural green color, perfect for celebrating Ireland. Happy St. Patrick's Day!
5 Reasons to Drink this Minty Shamrock Smoothie
REASON #1: This smoothie tastes like a "milkshake" and is filled with healthy ingredients. If you love deliciously frothy shakes, especially minty ones, this smoothie will make your body do a happy dance. Plus - for anyone with dairy allergies, this smoothie tastes like a "shake without the full-fat milk. Replace Greek yogurt with coconut yogurt, and VOILA!, your smoothie becomes vegan.
REASON #2: No artificial green dyes! This St. Patrick's Day smoothie utilizes mother nature's beautiful "chlorophyll" to create a natural green color. Using vibrant beet greens enhances the color even more. Click here for tips on selecting quality beet greens.
REASON #3: Filled with fiber, beet greens smoothies help the body detox and flush out toxins and encourage healthy digestion.
REASON #4: Beet greens and bananas are high in potassium, a mineral that is vital for helping the body balance fluids in the body and promoting proper nerve and muscle function. Too much pub crawling? Beet greens help replenish minerals and fluids, so you can recover faster!
REASON #5: This smoothie is packed with vitamins, such as Calcium, Vitamin A (beta-carotene), Vitamin C, and Vitamin K. Beet greens fight Alzheimer's disease, strengthen bones warding off osteoporosis, and improve the immune system. For more beet greens recipes and nutrition details, check out Superhero Sauteed Beet Greens.
Are you a fan of beet greens? I would love to hear about your beet greens (and St. Patrick's Day) adventures. Cheers!
- 3-4 medium beet leaves (about 1 cup chopped greens)
- 2 frozen bananas
- 8-10 fresh mint leaves
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt*
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- Raw cacao nibs
- Shredded coconut
- Chocolate chips
*For a sweeter taste, use vanilla or honey yogurt. For vegan options, substitute Greek yogurt with almond or coconut-milk yogurt.
1. Buy organic beet greens when available.
2. Thoroughly and gently rinse beet greens and mint leaves. Remove beet greens and mint leaves from stems. Save stems for an awesome beet stem side-dish.
3. Blend almond milk, mint leaves, and beet greens until smooth. Add frozen bananas and yogurt and blend, adding more liquid if needed.
4. Top with chocolate chips, raw cacao nibs, or shredded coconut. Enjoy!