Thursday, 26 July 2012

Beetroot maddness! Beet smoothie, Beet, apple & strawberry Ice lollies & an award!

Summer has hit us with a BANG! We have gone from rain drenched to scorchio over night in England. Finally we have the weather to enjoy the lollies and popsicles, smoothies and juices that we've all been craving.... but what to put in them? Beetroot of course! Beets are in season and we have a ton at the moment in our veg boxes- luckily for us, we love it. Not only is it wonderfully good for you, it tastes especially delicious when juiced- the flavour is earthy and sweet. It blends really well with other juices such as carrot and apple, and pairs well with sweet fruits like melon and strawberries. So we took those ingredients and we had some beet fun in the kitchen.

The result was a delicious smoothie for Will and I and some Ice lollies (popsicles) for the girls! Win win!

Beet-Maca smoothie (serves 4)

5 large beets, juiced
2 carrots, juiced
3 apples, juiced
Juice of 2 limes
3 bananas
1/4 of a cantaloupe melon, seeds and skin removed
2 tsp maca powder
2 handfuls of ice
Handful of fresh mint leaves (optional)

Throw everything into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve right away!

Beetroot, apple and strawberry Ice lollies- makes 6 lollies

Juice of 3 large beets
Juice of 2 apples
Juice of 1 carrot
Juice and zest of 1 lime
6 large strawberries

Allow 1 strawberry per ice lolly. Finely slice each one and pop into the lolly moulds- place slightly up the edges so you can see the strawberries in the finished lolly- this looks cool!
Sprinkle a little lime zest into each mould.
Top to nearly full with the beet, apple and carrot juice and pop a lolly stick into each one.
Freeze for a couple of hours or until set!

CAUTION! Beets stain! I gave the girls these lollies while in the paddling pool ;) Outside is a good place to enjoy them and keep away from light clothes!

Also another super cool thing happened while we were away on holiday in Wales, I got nominated by Miss Messy of  'Mess makes food' and Gghie from The Red Apron for the 'One Lovely Blog Award'! This is so cool, especially as it has the word 'lovely' in it- that is a pretty flattering word, as important as the food is, I hope people do think of this blog as lovely!

It is also a great honour to be nominated from these guys. Both their blogs are inspiring,so much so I'm nominating them both back!
Thanks so much for the nominations guys :)

The rules of this award are as follows:

1. Link back to whoever  nominated you.
2. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
3. Nominate 11 bloggers.

So here are my 11 facts about me:-
  1. I went to the University of Brighton and studied History of Decorative Arts and Crafts
  2. I worked as a window dresser for a year at Brighton's amazing (now sadly closed) department store 'Hanningtons'.
  3. I cannot sing. But I love to sing!
  4. I cannot click my fingers. This amuses my 5yr old daughter who can click her fingers...
  5. My favourite band are the Rolling Stones.
  6. I love the seaside, especially coastal walks. I don't do sunbathing...
  7. My favourite colour is green.
  8. The Phantom of the Opera is my fave musical.
  9. The top country on my list of places to visit is Romania. One day I'll make it there :)
  10. I dislike computers, but spend alot of time on them!
  11. I'd love to add herbalism (especially British and Native American) to my studies one day...

The bloggers I nominate for this award are:

  1. Purple Veg
  2. Food, fork & good
  3. The not so desperate chef wife
  4. Vintage kitchen notes
  5. The tornadic kitchen
  6. Figalicious
  7. a healthy jalapeno
  8. What a healthy family eats
  9. Crave
  10. The red apron
  11. Mess makes food


  1. Thanks so much for the nomination :)I just LOVE the colour of beetroot :D

  2. You're welcome :) Yes it is beautiful! Enjoy the sunshine this weekend!