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Hi, I’m Kim Christensen, M.Om., Dipl.OM, L.Ac. I’m a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and owner of Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Back before going to school and becoming a healthcare practitioner, Affairs of Living was my creative outlet while healing from chronic health issues. There's big changes coming to the site - it will soon be the home of my new health coaching practice! Stay tuned. 

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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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Red Hot Smoothie (gluten-free, vegan, raw, ACD)

Want some? I like the way the smoothie matches my colorful scarf.

I just got back from a long weekend up at our family cabin in Northern Wisconsin. Waking to a fire in the wood stove, stepping outside to greet golden trees around the pond...I nearly didn't come home. Responsibility and commitments got the best of me, however, and here I am, back in civilization. 

Over the weekend,  I spent some time perusing a recipe book entitled Juice! that my mom brought along for me to look at. It really got me inspired about juices and smoothies again, and I got all sorts of great ideas for interesting combinations. Mom took the book back home with her, and I can't find it online anywhere, so I'll have to ask my mom the author and update this post later.  It was a great little book that I'd love to share with you!

Feeling jazzed about juice, I threw together this beautiful red smoothie this morning. It is a combination of red bell pepper and beets from the farmers market and fresh cranberries I purchased on my trip  to cranberry country. I added a bit of cayenne pepper and garlic for kick, as well as flax seed, flax oil, and soaked sunflower seeds.  The color was incredible, the flavor was bold and just a wee bit spicy.  The bell pepper and the beets add a hint of sweet flavor, and the cranberries add a nice tart twist. If you like savory smoothies and juices, you'll like this one. It's also super detoxifying, and is especially helpful for the liver.


Red Hot Smoothie

yield 2 cups

3 baby beets (or 1 medium beet)
1 medium sweet red bell pepper, seeded
1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1 garlic clove
1 cup filtered water
optional: 1/4 cup soaked raw sunflower seeds
1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp ground flax seed
1 Tbsp flax oil 

Coarsely chop beet and pepper.  Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until totally smooth. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Note: I used a Vitamix to make this recipe, which yields a totally smooth, creamy smoothie. If you are using a regular blender, you may have to blend longer and chop the vegetables finer in order to get a totally smooth smoothie.

Interested in purchasing a Vitamix? As a Vitamix associate, I can get you FREE shipping!  To get free shipping place an order through this link, or use my associate code (06-004943) at the time of checkout (either online, by mail, or by phone).  Shipping costs will be deducted from your order.  That's a savings of $25 ($35 Canada).  For more information about the Vitamix and my personal experience with it, check out my Vitamix page.   


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Reader Comments (2)

hi Kim! I just wanted to let you know I'm workin' my way through the smoothies on your site! I literally cut and pasted all the smoothies with greens in them into a word document, printed it out, and proceeded then hit the grocery store to have all the necessary ingredients. Thanks to you I can have "different" smoothies every morning (before, I'd get in a rut and my smoothie wouldn't vary by much week after week) and it is not only more nutritious, but FUN, too! Thanks for expanding my smoothie horizons! There is great appreciation here for you! Saskia

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSaskia

How beautiful this looks , such a different taste compared to what I usually have . thanks so much for sharing this and I sure did enjoy getting to hear about your weekend :)

October 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy
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