Blackberry Beet Smoothie

I love smoothies. For so many reasons but mainly because I find it to be the best way to get the kind of nutrition I want for my kids without them fussing about it. Thankfully I was blessed with some good eaters who will eat pretty much everything I put in front of them, but not always, and not always in quantities I find beneficial for their growing bodies. About 5 out of 7 days we will start our day with a green smoothie and my kids have become very accustomed to the fact that this is how things are done here. Getting them to drink their smoothie is rarely a battle. This is why I encourage parents to start feeding their children as wholesomely as possible as early as possible. Kids will fall into your routine pretty easily if you adopt a “that’s just the way we do things” attitude early on. Here I was playing with all the purple goodness we had in our fridge.



  • 1 small/medium beet (if it still has the leaves, wash and use them in the smoothie instead of the chard)
  • 3 large chard leaves with stems or about 1 1/2 C chopped
  • 1C purslane
  • 1C blackberries
  • 3 medjool dates-pitted  (or more to taste)
  • 2 TBS chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 C water
  • 1C ice

Put everything in a blender and blend on high until desired consistency.

Note: Most of my recipes are designed to feed a minimum of 2 adults and 2 small children. Adjust the measurements according to our own family’s needs.