Who needs chocolates when you can start the day with this special Valentine's smoothie?
The color alone will make you fall in love! This is one of my favorite smoothies that I've made to date. I soak the cashews overnight to make them more digestible, but if you are making this at the last minute, don't worry about it.
For the beets, you can leave them raw but if you don't have a powerful blender, I would recommend cooking them. That way, you'll also have beet juice that you can save for another recipe. My favorite way to prepare them is to roast them in a pan with water and covered with foil for about 45 minutes at 400 degrees. Roast a few so you can use the rest elsewhere.
Beets also pair well with apples or cherries, so you can substitute the pomegranate juice with either an apple, a handful of cherries or apple or cherry juice. I originally used pomegranate seeds instead of pomegranate juice. The taste was delicious but I kept biting into too many seeds. If you have a Vitamix, the seeds should pulverize.
If you want the smoothie a bit thicker, substitute greek yogurt for the almond milk or do half and half. And lastly, start with ½ teaspoon rose water. If you feel it needs a little more, add a tiny bit at a time. You don't want the rose water to overpower the smoothie. You can find rose water at most Middle Eastern stores.
Sprinkle some pomegranate seeds or chopped pistachios as garnish and give to your favorite valentine.
STRAWBERRY, BEET & POMEGRANATE SMOOTHIE WITH ROSE WATER
Makes 1 large smoothie
1 cup fresh or thawed frozen strawberries, preferably organic
1 tablespoon raw cashews, soaked overnight
½ roasted or boiled medium size red beet
¾ cup almond milk or greek yogurt or a combination of both
¼ cup pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
½ teaspoon rose water
Optional: Pomegranate seeds or chopped pistachios
Throw everything in the blender and puree.
Garnish with pomegranate seeds or pistachios.