We love smoothies! They’re delicious, full of vitamins and minerals, and a sneaky way to get my toddler to get in his daily fruits and veggies (he won’t eat anything green unless it’s a pickle). We went to our local farmers’ market in Port Royal, SC and found some fresh beets to put in our smoothie. Beets are super underrated! They’re a good source of folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, manganese, and other vitamins and minerals. They’re so versatile and sooo delicious. Plus, who couldn’t love that wonderful dark pink color?! Anyways, here’s a quick video with a quick and easy beet smoothie. If you’re not too keen on videos, just scroll down and the recipe is there too. Enjoy!
1 cup baby spinach (we buy our fresh spinach in bulk and freeze it)
1 small beet cubed
2 chunks ginger sliced
1 cup strawberries
water, juice, or coconut water
Put all ingredients into blender and add water, juice, or coconut water. Blend under you reach desired consistency (I blend until the bananas are completely unrecognizable because I can’t stand the texture). Pour into glass and enjoy!
PS: With any fruit/veggie smoothie, if left for a while, separation is completely normal. Just give it a quick shake or stir, and it will go back to the right consistency.
Last year was the first successful home garden experience for us. Our little garden yielded so many cucumbers that made enough pickles to last us until this year. We also had more shishito peppers and okra than we knew what to do with (actually, we ate all of them). Every morning, the husband and our toddler would go out and pick out little veggies. It was suuuuper cute. I’m mushy over this kind of stuff.
Anyways, we mostly bought our vegetable plants from our local hardware store, but this year we decided to grow them mostly from seeds. They’ve been doing quite well and I’m pretty obsessed with watching their progress. We have about 20 varieties of seeds. A majority of them are doing well, but my Chinese chives (nira) and bittermelon (goya) seeds haven’t sprouted at all. I’ve planted more and I’m hoping that they’ll eventually surprise me. This is the type of surprise I can really get behind!
While I was planting the seeds on our back porch, the toddler was working on a fun bean sorting activity I found on Pinterest. Thanks Pinterest! It totally kept him busy the entire time.
Do you have any tips for starting your garden from seeds?