I brought a pot of water to a full boil
Cut the tops of the beets
Boiled them for 20-30 minutes until tender
Let them cool and rinse with cold water
Peel skins off
Pureed them with some of the beet water (just enough to get a good smooth consistency)
Now...for my green smoothie
2 frozen pellets of kale and spinach using this method.
1/4 of a honeydew melon
5-10 frozen strawberries
about 1-1 1/2 C water
1 frozen banana
5-10 frozen 1 inch. chunks of pineapple
This smoothie made for a nasty brown color...ENTER THE BEETS!!!! I added about 1/4 C of pureed beets and VOILA! A smoothie my kids LOVED because it had a bright red color! It looked just like a Jamba Juice Smoothie!!!
P.S. That frozen fruit is fruit that I realized was getting too ripe and being eaten too infrequently...those fruits are AWESOME for green smoothies!!!
P.P.S. You could probably use raw beets, and it would be even healthier! I never have done it, though. If someone does, please tell me how it turns out!!!
UPDATE!!!! My husband just came home, drank the smoothie and said, "mmm...raspberry"...yep, that's what it looks like!