Grown Up Antioxidant Slushie

vvpLOGO*A big welcome to you, virtual vegan potluck attendee! Thanks for stopping by. This recipe, an ode to beets and sweets, fit in with the potluck’s featured ingredient. But please do have a look around my blog if you like what you see here!*

I had a ridiculous sweet tooth as a kid- so bad that I recall most of my juvenile activities in the context of the garbage I put into my mouth. I can still feel my feet on the warm concrete as I stood in line at the Scarsdale Pool snack bar. French fries and ketchup wafted around me in the queue as I tried to decide- Fun Dip or those greasy fries?  Fun Dip invariably won out- I mean, it’s an activity as well as “food!” I didn’t love Sugarbush ski school, but I did look forward to a break in the toasty lodge, a mammoth chocolate chip cookie and a cup of hot chocolate in my icy hands. And after weekly figure skating lessons, I recall teetering off the ice to inexplicably consume some sugary ice. I was a sucker for a Slush Puppie.

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For those unfamiliar- Slush Puppies are like Slurpees (and I had my fill of those too, once I got to high school)- the ingredient list likely reads: high fructose corn syrup, red dye # 3 and/or  Blue #2, water. Freeze that up, swirl it around in a machine, throw in a cute doggie mascot and the kids start tugging at mom for the cash.

Many slurps later I am decidedly more conscious as to what goes in my mouth. It’s been a long haul, but since I’ve been vegan, new and healthy foods  become part of my repertoire frequently- my last hurdle was to accept veggie juices & smoothies. I spent two years talking myself out of a Vitamix, but finally ran out of convincing excuses a few weeks ago. One charge later, I am the proud mama of that gorgeous invention.

Lovely organic beets from the Union Square farmer's market.

Lovely organic beets from the Union Square farmer’s market.

Back to those Slush Puppies. I’ve been fine-tuning my juiceblend procedure over the last couple of weeks since the Vitamix has resided on my counter. Let me tell you, there is a serious learning curve here people! On first attempt my beet-carrot- pineapple juice was reminiscent of borscht. Drinkable, and certainly tasty, but more food than drink. With the addition of ice, several successive attempts yielded what might be described as pink- tinged carrot dressing. (I consumed it, sans salad.)

But today, I am in juice heaven. Doubling up on ice and extra process time yielded the perfect texture and flavor. The happy surprise was that lovely icey nostalgia of what could be called a grown up Slush Puppie. (Slush Dog?) With a glass of this slushy juice in hand, I can hear the comical tunes of the skaterink organist in 1982. Gone is the syrupy sweetness of youth’s slush, but the dayglo color is still here! (Even more beautiful, I think.) I mean, just look at that gorgeous pink. That’s the phenomenal phytochemical power in the beets.

Did you know that beets rank highest of all veggies in antioxidant concentration? At least as far as we know- in the most recent study, beets won out over the previous ruling champion, spinach, in antioxidant content. Beets get their color from betacyanins, powerful phytonutrients that protect plants from UV exposure and disease. And guess what? Those same phytonutrients protect us from disease. Diseases like cancer.

 Just as yummy slightly melted. Love the layers of concentrated, pulpy and icey.

Just as yummy slightly melted. Love the layers of concentrated, pulpy and icey.

Beetroots are a stellar source of folic acid, fiber, manganese and potassium. But don’t forget about the greens attached to those roots! Both the greens and roots are great source of magnesium, phosphorus, some iron and vitamin B6. (However not all of the iron can be absorbed due to the high concentration of oxalates in beets, so you don’t want to count on this plant exclusively for iron.) The greens are even higher in nutritional value than beetroots – they’re richer in calcium, iron and vitamins A & C. So eat both the root and the greens- a quick steam or a toss in a pan with olive oil and garlic is all you need.

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 nutrients, thanking you with every sip.
The first glass is full on slushy, but as it melts the texture and flavor becomes even more complex, yielding layers of frozen, semi-frozen and melted- it’s almost a slushy parfait. I just loved seeing the layers of vibrant pink.
It feels kind of decadent, but it’s just so good for you. And in a way taking care of yourself is decadent experience too. So indulge away!

Had to show you that beautiful texture close up.
Had to show you that beautiful texture close up.

A note on the (very simple) ingredient list. Go organic with your beets. This gorgeous magenta root will be pulverized raw, giving you a huge boost of nutrients, but if he’s commercial, you’ll also get a nice dose of neurotoxins. Organic beets are cheap anyway- here in price engorged New York City, I get a ridiculous bunch of 12 beets for a mere $3.50 at the farmer’s market, with so many greens they won’t fit in the crisper. That’s enough juice for more than a week plus 2 or more servings of greens! Don’t skimp on your body, people.
The pineapple is theoretically ok to buy conventional, as they have tough skins and are less desirable to insects, thus fewer pesticides are needed. But if you can find organic, that’s always ideal.

So here we go.
Yields 1 1/2 pints- enough for two, but certainly drinkable by one!

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!

Remove the greens from your beetroot- if you like (and you should!) reserve the greens for dinner. No need to peel your beetroots. 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. Throw beets, then pineapple, then ice into a Vitamix.
Squish down ingredients with the tamper- the beets and ice will take a little pushing just to get them going. Process on high for about 60 seconds- not much longer or you’ll just have juice.

Pour into glasses and drink immediately! Yum. Pink mustache removal is optional.

ps. While I call this “grown up,” I’m certain kids will love this juice too! What kid doesn’t love a sweet, icy treat? A perfect way to trick them into super healthy veggies.

What’s your favorite juice? Would love to hear.

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56 comments

  1. Wow, that looks so refreshing! I’m not sure my little blender could handle it but I will keep it in mind for if I’m ever lucky enough to own a Vitamix. 🙂

    1. Hi Allison- It is super refreshing. Sell your every posession, your soul, whatever you must and buy a vitamix! I have to say that it’s now the most important tool in my kitchen. But I hear ya, I didn’t buy one for years because of the price. It’s worth every penny. I have a vitamix banner on the site if you want free shipping! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

      1. Thanks for the tip. 🙂 Maybe someday when I’m not living on a graduate student income anymore…

  2. This is right up my street! jUST What I need as I have a cold. Happy potluck!

    1. aww, feel better! I made quite a lot of slushies when I had the flu a few weeks back! You can really feel your cells bathing in the betacyanins. It helps! Thanks for dropping in- happy potluck to you!

  3. This looks so refreshing with the pineapple! Thanks for the nutritional info on beets. I knew they were good for me but it’s nice to hear all the vitamins and minerals it provides.

    1. It was fun to do all the research on the beets- I’m studying to be a nutritionists, so I love to geek out on this stuff! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. What an absolutely gorgeous healthy drink, great job ♥

    1. Thanks Angela! Thanks for reading!

  5. I love me some Beetroot, Carrot and Ginger juice but never thought to add ice and makes slushies! Fantastic xx

    1. That’s a great combo too! I’m so stuck on beet/pineapple that I can never get those other ingredients in the blender. Thanks for your comment Rebecca!

  6. Haha – yes, borscht! I’ve been there, too… But now pineapple – that’s a combination I haven’t tried with beets! Awesome!

    Thanks for being a part of the Potluck, Lauren!

    1. Hi Annie! Thanks for reading, and for the great work you’ve done with the potluck! It’s off the hook! Pineapple &beet is a divine combo- thank my local sandwich shop for the inspiration. (they add carrot and orange, but I prefer it without.) It tastes AND feels really good !

  7. “slushie parfait” – Now that sounds like heaven! Haha

    I can never get enough of the GORGEOUS colour of beets. Even I prefer not to peel them for anything. 🙂

    1. Peeling=purple hands! No need, and there’s lots of nutrients in the peel 🙂 Thanks for coming by!

  8. This looks amazing! I loved those blue Slush Puppies too… and Fun Dip… it’s amazing any of us made it this long with all of those artificial colors and flavors roaming around our bodies. But I do love pineapple and I bet it’s fantastic with the beets.

    1. Thanks Kelli! haha I wonder the same myself. Cheez balls, fun dip, hot chocolate mix, all kinds of poison. It feels good to try and undo some of that oxidation with drinks like this!

  9. acookinthemaking · · Reply

    I love this take on a slushie. Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Why thank you for reading and for your comment!

  10. I love Slush Puppies! I used to get them when I was a kid, but they’re hard to find now. Slurpees just aren’t quite the same!

    1. I guess you’re right- never see them around. I googled them and the company still exists. Thus I didn’t call the drink Antioxidant slush puppie for fear of lawsuits:)
      Thanks for reading!

  11. This looks really tasty, I love beetroot juice and a slushie sounds even better in this hot weather!

    1. We’re having hot weather too- in New York no less! It’s perfect for a warm day, I started making this during indian summer. Thanks for reading!

  12. gigiveganville · · Reply

    Would this go with a fun dip? I love stepping back in time and then a new healthy reveal. Magenta slushy what a great concoction .

    1. My position on Fun Dip accompaniment is that the second dish must be salty. Like aforesaid fries. So technically, the answer is no 😉
      I too love nostalgia with the “healthy reveal.” I do it a lot! Take a look at Health by Chocolate if you have a chance! Thanks for stopping in!

  13. Nikki Spigner · · Reply

    This is so much… fun. Ha. It was so balmy today, that all I wanted was cooler drinks… perfection. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks so much Nikki- glad to add a cool drink to your repetoire!

  14. Perfect, it is nearly summer here. Your drink looks very refreshing. As as teen, I was as big fan of the slurpee- oh dear!
    I’m going to make this tomorrow – we have a ripe pineapple and beets. Yay!

    1. Hi Ally- glad to help out all the Australians in need of a cool drink! I love the potluck, so neat to hear from people all over the world 🙂 Yes, beets and pineapple are always great to have on hand. Enjoy!

  15. Hey Potluck neighbour! This looks so refreshing and delicious 🙂

    1. Thanks neighbor! Funny that we two training nutritionists live next door 🙂

  16. The perfect drink for a hot summer day! Saving this one for patio season 😉

    1. Good plan! Thanks for reading!

  17. I’ve had my fair share of slush puppies growing up, love the healthy spin you’ve put on them.

    1. Thanks Maggie 🙂

  18. The color is beautiful! I haven’t had a slushie in a long time and your pictures are making me want one!

    1. Thanks a lot Vanessa- yes, that pink is pretty magnetic, hard for me to resist drinking an entire blender-full!

  19. This is my first time visiting your blog, I enjoyed your writing on this post and I look forward to looking around the blog and checking out more of your recipes and writing. I like the idea of the beet slushie, I was never into them as a kid so it would not occur to me but it sounds like a fun treat to share with kids!

    1. So nice of you Kerry. Hope you do look around, and there will be more recipes to come. I’m a fledgling blog, but one with many ideas 🙂 I love your blog, I have a lot to catch up on there!

      1. Anonymous · ·

        Thanks for checking out our blog too. My partner and I are also just getting started, and so i get super excited to know when people are checking it out! Good luck to you on your blog, I will definately keep an eye on it.

  20. Love this! And you are right. It’s totally worth it to find organic. In every way. 🙂

    1. Thank you! Yes, it drives me crazy when people talk about the high price of organic. To them I say: (or think) it’s not truly high, conventional is just artificially low. Anyway, pay now or pay later. What better investment than your body? 🙂

  21. A grown-up slush puppy! I love this! Looks so refreshing!

    1. Thank you! It sure is, had one yesterday to cool down in our crazy summer- in- winter heat!

  22. Hey girl, just wanted to let you know that I included your recipe in the list of my favorites from this VVP! The post is here, if you want to see it: http://wp.me/p3LYmB-b5

    Thank you for your recipe!
    -Alina from Vegan Runner Eats

    1. Wow! I’m honored! Thanks Alina! 🙂

  23. This is a stunning slushie! I love how you snuck in the featured ingredient, very nice. Happy VVP!

    1. Thanks so much! Happy VVP to you 🙂

  24. That looks so good! Your beet photo is beautiful as well!

    1. Thank you Lisa! They were beautiful beets so they deserved the softbox treatment.

  25. Gorgeous photos! Can’t wait to try this!

    1. Thanks so much Alexandra!

  26. I dream of a vitamix! Can’t wait until I can afford it! This looks so good and refreshing!

    1. I gave into my dreams of said vitamix although I couldn’t really afford it, and I have no regrets! Worth the temporary interest on my credit card 🙂 When you take the plunge I can get you free shipping- just click the ad.

      1. Will do! Thank you!

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