What I’m not into: Beets


Beet smoothie: A little sweet, but more tolerable than the average beet.

How do you get yourself to eat a veggie you don’t like? Beeeets me! (See what I did there? Eh? Sorry.)

I get my veggies delivered to me, not fully knowing what I’ll get. It’s based on what’s ready at the time (part of the deal when signing up for my CSA. Sometimes I’m stuck with something I don’t like, or an abundance of something that is just ok.

It’s the time of year for beets, something I cannot figure out how to prepare or enjoy. I’m at a total loss. I’ve had beets at restaurants prepared well, but my beets never turn out anything like that, they are just a red, runny, mushy mess. I’m determined to find a way to prepare palatable beets. I usually end up roasting them and tolerating them in salads or sandwiches or something. I have pickled them (similar to this), but I have never met a pickled food I didn’t like. I know they are ok grated on raw on a salad, mainly because they don’t have a lot of taste. Heck, I like the greens sauteed into pasta better than the root part of the beets, and I’m picky about sauteed greens, so that goes to show how not into beets I am!

I honestly think part of what I don’t like about beets (besides not having them growing up, from what I remember, which is rare since my parents wanted me to try “a few bites” of everything) is that they are sweet. I don’t like a lot of root vegetables that tend to be sweet.

Anyway, so I have these beets. I know they are high in iron and help with endurance and oxygen intake, so I knew when I saw this beet smoothie it would be perfect for my last post-run smoothie before the Race for the Cure tomorrow.

And this NPR article I got the recipe from is all about  preparing beets in a way the beet-averse will enjoy. So next time I get beets I may try another recipe. Next up i think i’m going to make a raw salad. And if that doesn’t work, here is 50 ways to prepare beets. I have to like at least one way. Right???

Beet Smoothie

Makes 1 serving


  •  1 small roasted beet, chopped
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 to 1 1/4 cup milk of your choice, such as almond, soy or low-fat milk, depending on how thick you prefer it
  • 1 teaspoon honey


  1. Mix all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour and enjoy.

How do you prepare beets? Annnny advice will be much appreciated.

5 thoughts on “What I’m not into: Beets

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  2. Have you tried adding lemon? When I used to juice I would stray away from beets because they make me want to vom. If I added lemon it totally masked the flavor!

  3. So, my favorite way to do beets is to shred them with a grater. Then I mix in a bit of flour, some walnuts, rosemary and perhaps feta cheese. I work it into patties with my hands (large or small depending on the rest of the meal). I saute those in olive oil for a few minutes on each side. These have been a big hit with the guys who don’t like beets – me included.

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