Color We Love

Tasting Friday, 1/26, 6:00 – 7:30pm

With February 14th right around the corner, we wanted to show you how you can incorporate some beautiful red fruits and vegetables into your Valentine’s Day! Who said Valentine’s Day had to be all about chocolate anyway? Stop by this Friday and try our Strawberry, Blood Orange & Beet Smoothie and our Strawberry & Beet Chia Seed Pudding. We know you’ll fall in love with these!

Strawberries, blood oranges & beets all have essential nutrients to keep your body strong and healthy in the winter months. This smoothie is packed with not only vitamins and minerals to boost your immune system like Vitamin C, but also plenty of omega-3 fatty acids from the hemp seeds and chia seeds. Omega 3s are essential in preventing heart disease, including lowering blood cholesterol and blood pressure. We recommend adding in a couple extra strawberries if you want more of a berry flavor. This smoothie will definitely make your heart skip a beet!

And for our next recipe, more beets, but this time in a pudding! Strawberries and beets make a wonderful flavor combination, and the prettiest shade of pink, perfect for a Valentine’s Day dessert. Like the smoothie, pairing this fruit and root with an omega 3-rich seed like chia adds an extra boost of heart health along with immunity. We can’t get enough of this delicious dessert!

RECIPES

Strawberry, Blood Orange & Beet Smoothie

Adapted from Weelicious.com

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 blood orange
1 ½ cup frozen strawberries
1 small beet including greens
2 dates, pitted
3 T cashew butter
1 T hemp seeds
1 T chia seeds
1 T honey
1 ¼ cups almond milk
2 T yogurt or kefir (can be dairy free)

1 banana

Directions

1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

2. Pour into a tall glasses, pop in straws and you’re ready!

Strawberry Beet Chia Pudding

Recipe adapted from emilieeats.com

Serves 2

Ingredients

½ cup chia seeds
2 ¼ cups non-dairy milk
1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
½ cup beets, cubed and steamed
1 ½  teas vanilla extract
½ – 1 T maple syrup (optional)

Optional toppings: berries, nuts/seeds, coconut flakes, granola

Directions

1. In a medium bowl, add chia seeds.

2. In a blender or food processor, add non-dairy milk, strawberries, beets, and vanilla. Blend until completely smooth.

3. Slowly pour the liquid mixture into the bowl with the chia seeds while stirring. Stir until thoroughly mixed.

4. Place in the fridge and let it sit overnight, or at least 4-5 hours.

5. When ready to eat, stir in maple syrup; top with desired toppings such as strawberries, flax seeds, coconut, or granola.

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