For those unfamiliar, Slush Puppies are like Slurpees (and I had my fill of both once in high school)- the ingredient list of the original likely reads: high fructose corn syrup, red dye # 3 and/or Blue #2, water. Since creating a healthful alternative, I am in smoothie heaven. The sweetness and tang of the pineapple is a lovely compliment to the beet’s earthiness. And you can just feel your body taking in those anti-cancer phytonutrients, thanking you with every sip.

Grown Up Antioxidant Slushie [Vegan, Raw]

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Serves

1 to 1 1/2 pints

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Ingredients

  • 1 large beetroot (preferably organic)
  • 1/4 pineapple
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups ice
  • variation: use 1 cup ice and 1 cup frozen coconut water. It will be slightly sweeter, so if you enjoy the sweetness level as is, use less pineapple or more beets!
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Preparation

  1. Remove the greens from your beetroot- if you like (and you should!) reserve the greens for dinner. No need to peel your beetroots.
  2. When cutting your pineapple, keep the core in there (Fiber! The crowning glory of blended juice). Cut the beet in a few chunks- same for the pineapple.
  3. Throw beets, then pineapple, then ice into a Vitamix or other high powered blender.
  4. Squish down ingredients with the tamper- the beets and ice will take a little pushing just to get them going.
  5. Process on high for about 60 seconds- not much longer or you’ll just have juice.
  6. Pour into glasses and drink immediately! Yum. Pink mustache removal is optional.
 
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