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hot-pink smoothie mustache

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Nov 05, 2010

If you’ve been here a while, you know my favorite breakfast is my Hot Pink

smoothie. This outrageously adorable little girl, Elena, just drank one. Got

any better ideas to feed your little ones raw beets and carrots and have

them still smiling like Elena is? This photo was sent in by a reader named


My own children love Hot Pink too, even the two “picky” kids who will give

me as much grief about food as I allow them to. (Which isn’t much.)

It’s not Hot Pink because it’s spicy “hot”–it’s not. It’s just that color,

from the beets.

I believe I have a really old YouTube video up, of me making this, and the

recipe is in Ch. 10 of 12 Steps.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I can’t find canned coconut water anywhere, only coconut milk. Is it still healthful if I just use watered down canned coconut milk every time I make the smoothie?

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Erin, yeah, some people do that. It’s often called “coconut liquid” in a can. Can’t find that?

  2. Anonymous says:

    The whole foods stores carry it in little cartons.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I just use water with either coconut powder or shredded coconut! I LOVE this smoothie!!!

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Heather: brilliant. I guess I should point people to the coconut milk powder in the GSG store, haven’t even thought about it, or my own video showing how to make coconut milk. Duh! Thanks for the reminder.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Can I get some help with this? I made one of these one morning and was looking forward to yumminess. It was like drinking earth. What did I do wrong? I tasted the beets when I was slicing them for the freezer (had never tasted a beet before) and thought it was pretty darn good. I didn’t taste the coconut liquid out of the fresh coconut, or the raw carrots though I probably should have. But earth? We added a lot of agave and drank it down but it did NOT make me want to have another. A green smoothie (I’m a 1-lb spinach girl with added kale or collard, no skimping on the greens here) usually makes me want more. It was the first non-standard recipe (your basic smoothie recipe in the book) and I now can’t bring myself to try others.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Kim, hmm. That sounds like the skin-of-the-beet issue. Try less beet, but also, did you cut the skin off? Make sure you blend all the ingredients until very smooth, and THEN add the frozen strawberries? Raw ingredients can vary widely, and when people tell me that, it’s the beet.

      Make sure you use raw (not salted/roasted) cashews.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, Robyn. I’ll try it again. But this time I’ll taste the carrots and coconut (which, quite honestly, could have been old as I have no clue about coconuts). I did taste the beets (out of major curiousity) when I was peeling and dicing them. I may have added the strawberries too soon as well. It wasn’t the texture, it was the very earthy taste. I expected sweet. The cashews were definitely raw. Have to buy more because my dd ate them all. She said “these are different but yummy” since I had always bought the 2 ounce packs of cashews roasted and salted for my ex. Come to think of it, I’m not a huge fan of cashews so that could be part of it. But my ex (who lives next door) shared the smoothie with me and we both said “ewwww” and added lots of agave and more strawberries and forced it down.

    I’m going to try the coconut milk too as an option. I bought some of the coconut water/liquid in a box a while back and did not care for it much.

    Boy, I sound like a picky eater! I’m not. 🙂

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Something is very wrong because when I make it, everyone loves it, even people who eat the S.A.D.!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I made a hot pink smoothie today for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. It was delicious and I’m definately going to make them for my children. I drank it this morning at 10 and am still full at 4. The recipe states that it is about 450 calories. Do you know the fat and fiber content? I’m not worried about the fat because it is good fat, I’m just curious. Thanks!

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Neenee, it’s about 9% protein and 12% fat. Glad you liked it. 🙂 If I have something else for breakfast, my energy playing sports right after that just isn’t as high. I think it’s the good fats, plus perfect electrolyte balance (coconut water), plus the perfect amount of calories for breakfast.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I want to be careful saying this b/c I want to love green smoothies like everyone else, but I got all my stuff today and I rushed home to make my amazing green smoothie and it wasnt great at all LOL I took my first drink and it bout set me through my kitchen roof. I had kale, callards, spinach, honey, frozen strawberries, banana, stevia, water and alfalfa sprouts. I dont have my green smoothies diet book yet, but I thought I would go ahead and make one anyway b/c Im excited to get started.

    I put 1 cup of water in and 2 or 3 big handfulls of spinach and 2 leafs of kale and 1 handful of callards and 2 big pinches of alfalfa sprouts and it was very thick after I added the rest of my items so I added more water. It still wasnt right so I put is all in pint jars and started over using one of the pint jars and added water to it and more strawberries and honey. I wish I would have skipped the alfalfa sprouts.

    Robyn, do you think that I added to much of something here? I dont actually have a recipe yet, still waiting on my book. I went ahead and somehow got that second smoothie down, but it was tough! lol :0)


    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Yeah, Christy, sounds like you skipped the “beginner smoothie” and went straight to HARD CORE! LOL. If you’re used to them, loooooove what they do for your health, and you’ve been “off” processed sugar, etc., for a while, on mostly whole foods, you can handle “hard core” smoothies.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Christy, Definitely forego the collards and certain kale (there are different varieties and some are more bitter than others) until you get the hang of it. I find that fresh bananas are imperative in the beginning and getting the habit down. Spinach is usually quite sweet when blended but adding a banana or two and good apples is important. The only time I use a sweetener is when I don’t have fresh bananas (it seems frozen lose some of their sweetness). I also add frozen mixed berries which makes it look like mudd but is yummy.

    Congrats for starting this – like the previous poster said it becomes an addiction. Easy to slip out of the habit though if you have a busy life. Also, Robyn says in her book something along the lines of – make it delicious so you crave it. And you will crave it. But in the beginning start with the beginner green smoothie.

    good luck!

    (on a side note – speaking of them looking like mud. I work in water and wastewater treatment. We take sludge samples out at the wastewater treatment plants. When I use berries in my smoothies I have to disguise them in an opaque glass because my co-workers think I’m extra crazy seeing me drink “sludge”.)

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