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I visited the local health food store the other day. By local I mean 45 minutes away, since I live in the Middle of Nowhere.  Anyway, it was worth the trip, since they had gorgeous golden beets!  I was psyched, as I had been drooling over a recipe that included them in the Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook, a new e-book by Leanne Vogel from the popular blog, Healthful Pursuit.   


So I bought a kombucha for the long trip home.  And these babies:

Golden beets!  Aren't they gorgeous?

Golden beets! Aren’t they gorgeous?





















The next morning I could hardly wait to try Blushbaby, from Leanne’s e-book.  This was going to be a real treat, since it contains more sugars (albeit natural sugars from fruits and vegetables) than I usually consume.  But, I wanted to use the golden beets AND I wanted my 16 year-old to drink it, since she is a picky eater and doesn’t eat enough vegetables.  So getting her to eat beets and carrots = very good thing.


All I can say is MMMMMMMM….


Blushbaby was sooooo delicious.  I get a little nostalgic just remembering how good it was.  And my daughter loved it too!


I thought it would be a great recipe to share with you.  Thanks to Leanne at Healthful Pursuit for allowing me to share it.


By the way, Blushbaby is a juice-based smoothie, meaning you juice some of the ingredients, and then put the juice in your blender with the remaining ingredients.  Since I was so excited to make the juice, I didn’t read the directions carefully (now I’m the Blushbaby, I guess), and once I started juicin’, I just kept on juicin’!  So, mine was juice, as opposed to a juice-based smoothie.  (On the plus side, I didn’t have to clean the blender.) I’m sure the results are delish, either way.  I guess I will have to make it again, and follow the directions next time.


Also, as I mentioned in my last post on tips for incorporating juices and smoothies into your diet, I like to add protein to my juices, so I added 2 tablespoons of hydrolyzed collagen to this juice.


Leanne states that the recipe serves 1, but we got two good-sized servings from this recipe.

There's that beautiful golden color!

There’s that beautiful golden color!











BLUSHBABY!  Juice-based Smoothie


1 orange, juiced

4 carrots, juiced

1 golden beet, juiced  (If you can’t find golden beets, I’m sure any beet will do.)

8 frozen mango chunks

6 strawberries

3 ice cubes (I didn’t add these to mine, as I don’t like my drinks too cold.)



1.  Juice the orange, carrots and golden beet.

2.  Pour the juice into the jug of your high-powered blender, followed by remaining ingredients

in the order they are listed.

3.  Blend on high for 1 minute, or until smooth. (If you are using the hydrolyzed collagen, add it when you are almost finished blending.)

4.  Transfer to a glass and serve immediately.

For highest nutritional value, drink immediately (though sip slowly.)

Blushbaby Smoothie

Blushbaby Smoothie






















If you like this recipe, be sure to check out the Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook that includes over 55 juice and smoothie recipes, just as good as this one!


What’s your favorite juice blend?  Tell me in the comments section.