Thursday, February 12, 2015

Strawberry Rosewater Smoothie and Beet Love Juice

I start most mornings out with a smoothie and juice. At first, the thought of this was a bit daunting because it is a lot of equipment to clean. But now I have arranged my schedule in a way that takes the time for preparing and cleaning into account, and I feel really happy with the results. I am more of a juice person and John is more of a smoothie person, so I make a large juice and small smoothie for myself and vice versa. Even though co-workers may make jokes about my "moonshine" or ask what's in the pickle jar, I feel more clear-headed throughout the day.

Here are two recipes from this morning's breakfast that are perfect for Valentine's Day! Not just because they are lovely shades of red and pink, but because of their health benefits! Rosewater is believed in some cultures to treat heart palpitations. Strawberries are good for the heart too, as they fight cholesterol and regulate blood pressure. Beets were believed to be aphrodisiacs by the ancient Romans, understandably so since the contain boron which is related to the production of sex hormones. Pomegranate juice is high in antioxidants and protects against heart attacks. Grapes also protect your heart by improving the dilation of blood vessels, allowing for better blood flow. So with all these good things going on, why not show yourself some Valentine's Day love and have a drink?

Also, if you like the kitten salt and pepper shakers they are for sale at my Etsy shop for $10!


3 large bananas
1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
1 tablespoon rosewater
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons lucuma powder
2 cups distilled water

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth.


1 large beet, including greens
seeds from 1 pomegranate
2 cups red grapes
1/2 an apple
1 lemon
small handful arugula
water for diluting

Juice all ingredients. Add water to dilute it to your desired strength.

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