Mango, Beet & Banana Smoothie with Pistachios and Coconut

 
Mango, frozen banana and 1 peeled and chopped beet — that’s all that’s in here. And it is so good.

I added some unsweetened shredded coconut and chopped pistachios for a little added crunch and flavor.  This would even be so good in a smoothie bowl, with a heaping bowl of oats and nuts. I was going go to do that but I went a little crazy with my overnight peanut butter hazelnut oatmeal (I know, right?) this morning.

The only downside to beets is they kinda stain your fingers a bit. It looks a little like I hid a body while I was on lunch break.

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I take the four flights up the stairs back to my office, too — So I was panting and late with my red-stained hands.

I even had a small splatter of beet juice on my face, not even kidding.

Mmm but it was worth it. They probably think I’m crazy anyway. What sane person has constant close ups of food on their monitor all day long?

Sometimes (most of the time) I’ll read food blogs and go on Pinterest in between my really strenuous and demanding tasks (hah) at work and someone will walk behind me for a second. I get a little jumpy and try to act like I’m searching for something really important and I end up maximizing the window instead so that there is an even larger and clearer close up of espresso brownies in their face.

Great.

imageI made it like 15 minutes today on my balcony for lunch today –woohoo! Yay for just-moderately-uncomfortable weather here in Florida. Put that on a billboard.

At least I had this smoothie to cool me off. This is my first time putting raw beets in a smoothie and I am impressed! The frozen banana makes the smoothie thick and creamy, and the mango is delish.

I usually squeeze the mango skin and core with my hands to get as much juice from the fruit as I can — this helps add liquid to the smoothie. It was just enough!

What’s the appropriate amount of smoothie pictures to put in one post? I’m about to exceed it. Isn’t it pretty? I can’t.

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Mango, Beet and Banana Smoothie with Pistachios and Coconut

  • 1 mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 beet, peeled and thinly chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • a handful of your favorite nuts, crushed

Combine fruit in a blender. Squeeze out as much liquid as you can from the juicy mango, you shouldn’t need milk or any liquid. If you are more of a thin-smoothie person (and I don’t know how that’s possible but no judgement!) add in some liquid. Top with coconut and nuts. I know, it’s too easy. 😉

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