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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pines Beet Root Powder Product Review + Pink Princess Smoothie Recipe

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It's funny how kids are so affected by colour, you know?  Or maybe it's not that weird, I guess we all are.  They've done studies that colours affect our mood, appetite and various aspects of our behaviour.  But kids are particularly funny about colour when it comes to food.  Naturally vibrantly coloured foods (like fruits and veggies!) they often shy away from, while artificially coloured bright foods (like gummy bears and fluorescent frosted cupcakes) attract them like moths to fire. 

I have even heard about some kids who won't touch any food of a certain colour under any circumstances.  Normally, like my kids, its foods in the green family that can be a turn off for young people.  Apparently pink foods are appealing.  This is just another reason to love beets!  By the way, aside from being packed with antioxidants, beet juice can improve performance in endurance sports.  So you might just want to dump the coconut water and sugary sports beverages and pick up some beet juice!

Anyways, back to colours.  When I was offered a sample of Pines Beet Juice Powder, I was thrilled to give it a try.  I already love beets, but I suspected the fact that this stuff will turn anything pink would make it an easy sell to the girls.  Yup. 

I threw together a Pink Princess Smoothie for them and they went nuts.  Little A was so proud of her pink mustache, she asked me to take a few pictures.



My mind is racing with all the possibilities of what I can do with this stuff: Smoothies of course, but also baked goods, puddings, savoury grain and pasta dishes...just imagine all the foods I can get the girls to eat by just colouring it a beautiful fuchsia with this stuff!


Like the Wheat Grass Powder made by Pines, this stuff is top quality and comes in bottles that are:

 1. Made of nitrogen-packed amber glass that is completely non-toxic.

 2. Oxygen-free inside and stops oxidation. The only other way to stop oxidation is to freeze the product.

3. Keep food fresher than plastic, even after being opened. Plastic is a porous material that cannot hold a 100% nitrogen environment. Glass is not porous and gives off no chemical residue.

 4. So, if you want the best, look for products packaged by PINES under our rigid quality control standards. 

 
I think we're going to be seeing pink around here for a while...

 
Pink Princess Smoothie
 
1 tsp beet root powder
1 scoop stevia-sweetened, vegan vanilla protein powder
1 banana
2 cups unsweetened milk of choice
Ice, if desired
 
Blend everything in blender or food processor.  Serves 1 adult (or 2 little princesses)