Last Valentine’s Day, with our son having the worst sleep of his life (I was getting 2 3-hour blocks of sleep a night for about 2-3 months and it was wearing on me), I still wanted to make our first Vday together special. I put together a menu I knew we could all enjoy, starting with a beet & goat cheese salad. It was my son’s first experience with beets but he was a fan and the meal went off without a hitch.
This year I wanted to celebrate by recreating our appetizer from last year but immediately ran across 2 problems: the first was, Julian’s not really a fan of salad greens, the second was he had fallen out of love with beets. After being a staple in his diet for a few weeks, we took a break and this fall when I sliced a few onto his plate with dinner they remained untouched. Even last week, when I bought an unnamed beet yogurt, the only response I got was “yucky”.
Now, I’m not fond of 2 things: hiding veggies and forcing my son to eat things he hates. Because of that I was perfectly content to consume the remaining beets in the house between the grown ups. I even decided to make a Pomegranate Beet Smoothie, since I’ve been obsessed with smoothies lately. The second I poured the last drop into the glass and dropped the straw in my son started putting his hands out to grab a sip. “You’re not going to like it…” I said as I let him have a first sip but then he kept sipping, and next thing I knew there was only about 1/4 left and I had to go make some more. This beet smoothie is magically delicious!
Pomegranate Beet Smoothie
(makes 2-3 servings… depending on how greedy your family is)
1 package (4 beets) of Love Beets precooked beets
1/2 cup Unsweetened Pomegranate Juice
1 1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/4 cup Siggi’s yogurt
1 celery stalk
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
Mix all ingredients into blender until fully blended. When pouring, I passed it through a sieve to make sure I didn’t get any chunks but if you like it chunky, go for it! I garnished with kiwi and Siggi’s yogurt, but I can see it garnished with pomegranate seeds and pepitas for extra crunch.
Are there any veggies your babe refuses to eat?