Let’s talk about food.

by hillarybiscay

I am on a cooking kick after my packaged-food-eating extravaganza when I was without-kitchen in Florida. Essentially I have been trying to cram in as many fruits and veggies as I possible can to make up for the ridiculous amounts of rice cakes, gluten-free pretzels, and peanut butter (bananas were the highlight) that I consumed during my little training camp.

Then yesterday my friend Jordan shared this berry-beet smoothie recipe on her twitter.


I had these sitting in my fridge and quickly became very disappointed in myself that for all the funky stuff I combine into my shakes, it had never occurred to me to use beets! Brilliant!

I am no good at following recipes and didn’t have all that the NYT one needed. My other project for the week is working with the produce that we have in the house, since my husband is a compulsive produce-shopper and I came home from Florida to be forced to throw away boxes of it. Ugh.

beet shake!

So this was my masterpiece: Berry Vega Sport, spinach, half of a massive cucumber, mixed berries, a frozen banana, water, and three baby beets.

beet shake 2

At first I was a bit alarmed by the beet-y taste, but after a few minutes, I stopped noticing it.  I repeated this mix today and am in love—it feels like a nutrient-extravaganza! I do still want to try the NYT recipe done properly, though.

roasted veggies

This was the second part of dinner: roasted carrots, onions, and two kinds of potatoes, with  rosemary, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Then I grilled up some tofu to mix in with it—yum!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Bre March 1, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Beets, eh? It’staken Lindsay almost 2 years to get me to even try a smoothie-green or otherwise! But now I’m hooked on smoothies, even hide a tiny bit fo the vega in there now, but beets eh? Think a little peanut butter would hide the beet-like taste?


jennifer March 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm

mmmm, I love beets! I like to put a beet in my juicer with 1 apple, 2 carrots and a handful of spinach. Delish.


Heather March 1, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I love beets in my smoothie – try adding an orange or blood orange – yum…


lucy francis March 2, 2012 at 1:30 am

Oooh beets! I hate the way they stain everything do i end up not adding them to salads. Now beet juice with an apple thown it’s not bad at all


Leslie March 2, 2012 at 9:56 am

Hey Lucy, try yellow, pink or chiogga beets (striped). They won’t stain your hands……

Hillary-love your site as i race tris and eat more or less like you do. I’m trying to be good about my recovery drinks and have just started using Chocolate Vega Recovery powder-good stuff!


lucy francis March 4, 2012 at 1:50 pm

thanks Leslie! I didn’t know there were different colours!! must investigate that cheers


Jordan March 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Husband promised to make me the New York Times version this weekend… I’ll have to revive my blog and post you on the results!


hillarybiscay March 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm

`yessssssssssssssss please do!!


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