Introducing Vegan Glow + Pink Power Detox Smoothie Recipe

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After years of drooling from the sidelines, this marks my first year participating in Vegan Mofo which challenges participating bloggers to write about vegan food for the entire month. [For more details, see the Vegan Mofo website.] Colour me excited.

I considered all kinds of random themes for September, but in the end I decided on something I know I could put my heart and soul into. Even though my sweet tooth voted for “DESSERT MONTH!!”, my head decided otherwise. Vegan Glow will showcase wholesome, vegetable-heavy vegan recipes that will leave you feeling energized. The recipes will be similar to my own style of recipe creation, but they’ll be kicked up a few notches. Given that it’s back to school and work season, I’m aiming to share as many quick and easy recipes as I can.

In other news, I now have a “thing” for making rather pathetic “glowing” suns in Photoshop. Oh dear.

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What can you expect to see on Oh She Glows this month? Well, I have several recipes lined up from raw recipes and juices/smoothies to healthy desserts and energizing fall-inspired soups. And who knows what else. I sure don’t.

I hope you are hungry because it’s going to be a great month!

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Up first, I’m sharing this power smoothie that I’m obsessed with lately. Power smoothies are what I call the mega dose, nutrient-packed smoothies of the bunch. You know that’s how I roll. This one surely is up there on the list of health drinks. I’ve been drinking it for breakfast several mornings a week and it makes me feel incredible. Best of all, it makes just shy of 4 cups…aka one big ass smoothie. I like big smoothies and I do not lie. All you other bloggers can’t deny…

Seeing as we’re just coming off a holiday weekend, I figured this was a good “back on track” smoothie to kick off the new month. Let’s do it up.

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Here are a few reasons to chug this down, from a nutritional standpoint. I’ll talk more about the flavour in the headnote below.

Beet – cleanses the liver, purifies the blood, anti-inflammatory, source of iron

Avocado – helps lower blood pressure, lubricates joints, anti-inflammatory, loads of healthy fats, high in fibre

Strawberries – high in antioxidants, rich source of vitamin C, benefits digestion

Celery – acts as mild diuretic, promotes feeling of fullness, rich in B vitamins and fibre

Lemon – antibacterial properties, aids digestion, high in Vitamin C, detoxifies and alkalizes, mild diuretic

Virgin Coconut oil – fights viruses, fungi, and bacteria, metabolism booster, healthy MCT fats, increases good HDL cholesterol

Apple (optional) – helps balance blood sugar levels, helps lower cholesterol, aids digestion

[Source: Healing Foods, DK Publishing 2013]

Convinced yet?

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Pink Power Detox Smoothie

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, no bake/raw, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free

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Beet, strawberries, avocado, and lemon unite to create one kick-butt, surprisingly delicious, bright pink smoothie! This creamy & thick smoothie is not overly sweet - it's more on the tart side thanks to juice from a whole lemon. If you prefer sweeter smoothies, I suggest adding an apple to the mix or your preferred liquid sweetener. I also suggest using a small to medium sized beet, anything larger and the earthy beet might overpower the other flavours. Consider gently steaming the beet until tender before blending if you don't have a Vitamix or other capable blender.  I just use the beet raw because I know my blender can handle it. Best to be safe than sorry if you are unsure!

Yield
4 cups
Prep Time
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0 Minutes
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water or coconut water
  • 1/2 medium avocado, pitted
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup strawberries (frozen preferred), hulled if necessary
  • 1 small/medium beet, ends trimmed and roughly chopped*
  • 1 lemon, juiced (about 3 tablespoons or so)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 4 large ice cubes
  • 1 apple ( if sweeter smoothie is desired - optional), cored and roughly chopped

Directions:

  1. Steam beet if necessary before starting. See my tips in the headnote.
  2. Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth. Adjust sweetness if desired, adding an apple or liquid sweetener to taste if needed.

1) If you are not a beet fan, try adding a handful of leafy greens instead of the beet and include the optional apple. 2) Smoothies shown in pictures does not include apple. Yield may be slightly higher with an apple added in.

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Jesse @OutToLunchC September 3, 2013

This smoothie looks so pretty! I juice beets all the time but I have never added raw beets to a smoothie, what a great idea. I usually add protein powder to my smoothies so they keep my full for 3-4 hours, do you think it would taste OK in this smoothie?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 3, 2013

I think it would depend on the flavour of the protein powder – if you like the taste then go for it! Maybe add a bit at a time to taste?

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Jesse @OutToLunchC September 3, 2013

Awesome, I was thinking of using a plain hemp protein because vanilla might be too overpowering. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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jordan April 6, 2014

Is it ok to make smoothies the night before to drink in the morning? I was just wondering becuase my roommate usually sleeps in late (he works nights) and using a blender in the morning is really noisy. I’ve heard some people say that the enzymes in fruits degrade with time, and that nutrients will be lost if you leave it in the fridge for 8 or 10 hours.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 7, 2014

yes you can certainly make it the night before! Just give it a good stir in the AM. I’m not sure about nutrient loss though, but I think it’s still much better than not drinking one at all.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks September 3, 2013

I love beets, so much. I know many people don’t, but I think they’re nature’s candy, right along with medjool dates. And with the coconut oil and creamy avocado, I bet this is dynamite! I just got done doing a 3-day juice cleanse and so especially enjoyed your little one liners about what each item is good for or helpful for.

And Vegan Mofo. Last time I did it, it was either 2009 or 2010. Wow, memories :) Good for you!

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Suzanne @ hello, veggy! September 3, 2013

I’m so excited that you’re doing vegan MoFo as well. I’m having a blast so far, and I can’t wait for more of your ‘glowing’ recipes!

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Kathy @ Olives and Garlic September 3, 2013

I’m looking forward to trying this smoothie tomorrow morning for breakfast. it looks delicious

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Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat September 3, 2013

This smoothie sounds so fresh and amazing! Yum!

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eleanore September 3, 2013

Hi Angela,
Is it best to cook the beat first or to put it in raw? Sorry i couldn’t find the head note you mentioned..

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 3, 2013

I use a vitamix and it blends the raw beet just fine (of course I chop it up small to help it along), but if you aren’t as confident in your blender you might want to cook it or steam it before making the smoothie. I suggest doing so the night before so it doesn’t make your smoothie hot! hah. Hope you enjoy

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Jessica @ conveganence September 3, 2013

That’s the most beautiful smoothie I’ve ever seen. Excited to see the other recipes you have in store for this month! September is a perfect month to get back on track…you’ll have plenty of time for desserts during the holidays, which will be here before you know it :)

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Angela September 3, 2013

Good point about the holidays and desserts! I didn’t even think about that. Scary to think how quickly that comes upon us.

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Katy @ Katy's Kitchen September 3, 2013

Gorgeous, colourful photos and I can’t wait to see what you come up with this month. This smoothie looks so fresh and definitely energizing!

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Jill September 3, 2013

Gorgeous smoothie and photos! Love the first one with your ingredients.
I am beyond excited because I got a vitamix this weekend (the white one like yours actually!) so this might be the first smoothie I make in it!
Looking forward to your recipes this month :)

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Angela September 3, 2013

Ohhh congrats on your new VM! It was maybe the greatest day of my life aside from my wedding and being born. hah.

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Christine @ Gotta Eat Green September 3, 2013

Love the colour of this smoothie! So bright and beautiful! Your photos are so beautiful as well. I don’t have a vitamix (it’s on my wedding registry though.. here’s hoping haha) but I hope my blender is powerful enough to rock this smoothie!

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jo @ including cake September 3, 2013

I totally missed Vegan MOFO this year…. it crept up so fast!! Anyway, I also just wanted to say howe much I love the overhead pic with the avocado in the centre :-)

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Angela September 3, 2013

Thanks Jo!
I know what you mean about it creeping up…last year I signed up hours too late and missed the boat! Oh well, I guess you can still join in even if it’s not on the record. :)

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Charlie September 3, 2013

What a beautiful colour! Love all the ingredients, avocados make smoothies sooo creamy!!

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 3, 2013

I absolutely love the way beets colour everything that gorgeous deep magenta. So pretty! (I had to spell it colour because I envy how fancypants it looks when you type it that way!) :)

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Tracie September 3, 2013

The Vegan MoFo looks like fun. As always I’m looking forward to seeing all of your healthy creations. :)

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sylvia September 3, 2013

Yay! Excited! And I am not even vegan!

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jodye @ chocolate & chou fleur September 3, 2013

What a beautiful smoothies, and it sounds just up my alley! I love adding avocado to breakfast – any chance to fit more avocado into my day is welcome. I’ve never made a smoothies with beets, but you bet I will be trying this out ASAP!

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Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} September 3, 2013

I agree that beets provide the prettiest color! I am excited that you are participating in Vegan MoFo. I can’t wait to see all your glowing recipes.

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Liz September 3, 2013

“I like big smoothies and I do not lie. All you other bloggers can’t deny…

Can I nominate you for Best Blogger Line of the Year? LOL Thanks for the laugh!

PS I LOVE the idea of a month of veggie-packed recipes. Viva las vegetales!

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Lorraine September 3, 2013

Talk about “Pretty in Pink”!!! What gorgeous photos. Using the beet was brilliant. I’ll have to steam it – my wimpy blender would give up the ghost if I attempted to grind a raw beet in it. I have asked Santa for a Vitamix. I have high hopes I’ll get one under my tree this year.

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan September 3, 2013

Woo hoo, excited for Vegan Mofo! I was just thinking about throwing beets in a smoothie, so glad you read my mind : )

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Lindalou September 3, 2013

I Love Big Smoothies too, i do i do! And the colour of this smoothie is gorgeous…nice to try one that’s not green (or worse….brown!) . Just have to restock my lemons and celery then load up my Blendtec for some awesome deliciousness! Can’t wait to try this recipe – thanks, and looking forward to more!

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Willow September 3, 2013

What a gorgeous color! I absolutely love when a smoothie doubles both as a delicious drink and a nutritional powerhouse of energy. I’ve never tried adding a beet to my smoothies before, so that is definitely on my list now!

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! September 3, 2013

This looks delightful! I love the addition of beets! And you can’t beat that bright pink color!

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Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} September 3, 2013

Beautiful! I’ve never added beets to my smoothie, but I absolutely must after seeing this.

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Robin September 3, 2013

Yum! I make something very similar with blueberries and lime. I’ve never tried adding celery, that sounds like such a good nutritional boost! Love beet smoothies, so gorgeous.

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Janessa September 3, 2013

Oh lord. This looks so good! I love that you’re focusing on healthy, quick and easy recipes for this.

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stacyk September 3, 2013

Just found your website a couple weeks ago. I’ve tried a few things to date and love all of it. I can’t wait to try this detox smoothie! Thanks for recipe! And I am looking forward to your cookbook!!

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Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe September 3, 2013

I love the vibrant color of smoothies and juices that use beets. I feel healthier just looking at them! ;) I’m hoping you’ll be sharing some new juice recipes as I just bought a juicer a few weeks ago and am trying to find new, healthy, and delicious recipes!

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Alex @ Kenzie Life September 3, 2013

Keep those suns coming! I love doodles like that, I think they’re fun and they make me happy! This smoothie looks like just the thing I need after a long weekend of wine and Romanian food…

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the vegan kitchen of dr caligari September 3, 2013

I’ll need a detox smoothie after a month spent baking and eating cupcakes. Yours does look delicious, besides beetroots are one of my favorite vegetable. Outstanding pctures and awesome blog!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 3, 2013

I’m excited to follow your month of cupcakes! You are so darn creative….love :)

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McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN | Nutrition Stripped September 3, 2013

Beets are one of my favorites! You’re right, very nutritious and “cleansing” to the body. Great recipe Angela :)

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Dhishna September 3, 2013

I was actually looking for health related content to share. Then I came across your blog. AND FELL IN LOVE WITH IT!
One of the best blogs I’ve seen! Kudos! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 3, 2013

Thanks so much, I appreciate it :)

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Sonia the Mexigarian September 3, 2013

Is the beet raw and peeled? Or is it cooked and peeled? I’ve got some beets in the fridge and want to make this but want to see if I need to cook anything or not. Looks amazing :)

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Sonia the Mexigarian September 3, 2013

whoops, my bad, I should have read the recipe more clearly. thank you, Angela! :)

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kris September 3, 2013

ok, you’ve convinced me. Time to get back into making smoothies!

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Kylie - FotV September 3, 2013

The color of that smoothie is amazing! Sounds pretty delicious too!

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PeregrineStranger September 3, 2013

I dont have a Vitamix (yet) and I’d love to make this as a breakfast smoothie before going to work so steaming the beet is out of the question. That being the case, could I juice the beet and celery with a high-powered juicer and then add it to the rest of the ingredients in the blender?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 3, 2013

I can’t see why not! That sounds like a great idea to me. Or you can steam/cook the beet the day prior or even cook a batch of beets so you have some on hand. enjoy :)

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Catherine @ Chocolate & Vegetables September 3, 2013

Okay, I am in love with that hot pink color! I can’t wait to see what other smoothies you have in store this month!

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Kellianne September 3, 2013

Yum! So good and incredibly healthy. Just wanted to note…

Avocados freeze beautifully! Immediately dice the remaining half, place in a freezer bag and toss into the freezer. Next time you need avocado for your smoothie, it’s ready to go right into the blender.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 3, 2013

Yes I do that too when I have leftovers…it’s a great option rather than letting them brown in the fridge. :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 3, 2013

Ooh I am so excited for all these recipes coming up Ange! This smoothie sounds awesome. As soon as I saw the word ‘pink’ I thought, “I hope there’s beets in there!!” Now I just need to go grocery shopping!

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Kristin September 3, 2013

This looks gorgeous. I admit, I’m often a grab-and-go kind of gal in the mornings. Do you think this would hold up well if made the night before?

Can’t wait to see the rest of the amazing treats coming this month!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 3, 2013

I haven’t tried it, but I think it should be fine overnight. Be sure to put it in an air-tight jar and fill it right to top if possible. Let me know how it goes!

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