May 23, 2014 6

Beet the Heat Smoothies + scenes from the desert!


Remember that time I was in the desert during a heat wave? Well last week I was, when I traipsing around sunny Southern California, traveling through the desert to Phoenix, AZ. You know just a cool average of 107 degrees, for seven days in a row. At times I felt like I was in an oven gasping for air, it was probably the hottest I’ve ever been in my entire life.

But, I said then and I’ll say it again – I’ll take 105 in the desert over 85 and humid on the east coast any day. Now who’s with me? Also. Have you ever been to Joshua Tree National Park? This place is mind-blowing and Chris and I were like 5 minutes away from missing it all.



So here we were, in Palm Springs, running late per usual with just 5 hours to get to Phoenix. Our options were to drive straight there with some wiggle room left over or take a slight detour and drive through Joshua Tree National Park with zero wiggle room, risking our concert plans that evening.

We choose to drive through Joshua Tree and it was life-changing. Best risk – reward scenario, like ever. It was epic and I never use the word epic, it’s such a stupid sounding word, but it’s true. Joshua Tree was epic in every way possible.

SIDE NOTE – plans will change when you spend half your vacation time stuck on the 405.



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Along our California – Arizona travels I got to meet this girl + this girl. So much love for these two. I also stumbled upon the most delicious pink smoothie from this little juice bar in West Hollywood. From the first itty bitty sip I knew I had to go home and immediately create it again in my Blendtec. Hey all you beet naysayers – trust me when I tell you, these beets are amazing when blended with these tropical flavors. It’s such a cool, mellow, chill and oh so tasty flavor combination.

SIDE NOTE – here’s the run-down on my gluten free, plant-based eatscapades while vacationing out west.

If you’re in West Hollywood drink green juice + smoothies at Liquid Juice Bar.

If you’re in Palm Springs eat the best gluten free pizza of your life at Birba.

If you’re in Phoenix get your taco on at Cocina 10 + your sweet treat on at Jewel’s Bakery.

If you’re in Tempe get all your healthy eats on at the ChopShop Co.



Beet the Heat Smoothies

This like takes like 5 minutes to make and it’ll serve enough for you and a friend.


  • 1 cup chopped raw, red beets
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 mango, peeled {I used the atualfo variety}
  • 1 cup coconut water or filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 3 – 4 large ice cubes

Put all the ingredients into your blender {I used my Blendtec}. Blend on high until smooth.

Sip, relax, cool + enjoy.

6 Responses to "Beet the Heat Smoothies + scenes from the desert!"

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    Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen

    May 29, 2014 at 4:32 AM

    You were in my neck of the woods!

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      May 29, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      I totally was!! Next time I’m out there I need to have a giant gathering with all of my California ladies; full of amazing food and beautiful laughs.


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    May 29, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Beautiful pics and this smoothie!! Drool!

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      June 2, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      Thanks Ami! This smoothie is amazing, I’m seriously addicted!! My new summer smoothie jam.


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    Helen Williams

    January 14, 2016 at 3:20 PM

    I am discovering your website and I love your sense of style in all things – writing, food, etc. And even though it’s cold & rainy in NorCal, I am enjoying this delish smoothie – I’m in tropical heaven dreaming of the beach! Thanks!

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      January 17, 2016 at 3:57 PM

      I’m so glad you’ve discovered me! And I’m equally glad you’re enjoying this smoothie on a grey wintry day. All my love!

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