Beet and Raspberry Soft Serve – Entirely Fat Free, Refined Sugar Free and High in Protein

A couple of weeks ago, the most terrible thing happened to me.

HORRIFIC! UNIMAGINABLE!

My Magic Bullet died on me!

And very suddenly too! It went, just like that, right in the middle of making my morning smoothie.

Can you imagine? Talk about ruining a day before it’s even had a fair chance at starting right…

But you know what they say: everything happens for a reason!

And I think there was a REAL good reason behind my Magic Bullet’s passing.

You see, I’d just been watching flyers the day before and saw this Ninja Master Prep that was going to be on sale. I was considering getting one but figured I should probably pass since I had my trusty Magic Bullet and it was working perfectly fine…

Hmpft. It’s almost like I’d MADE this happen!

After asking for advice on my Facebook page as to whether I should just replace my Magic Bullet or go with the Ninja System, I decided to go with the Ninja. (For the record, I also bought the Magic Bullet to replace the old one, since it was officially my daughter’s and I’d been the one using it all this time. It was only fair that I should buy her a brand new one!)

So anyway, home I came with this new Ninja kid and decided to put it to the test. I knew EXACTLY what it was going to do for me: the only thing at which my Magic Bullet would fail miserably: SOFT SERVE!

Beet and Raspberry Soft Serve | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Well, let me tell you, the Ninja truly delivered! I was, to put it simply, AMAZED! So much so, I had soft serve most every day for the past 2 weeks.

This combo right here was by far my favorite. Just look at that color. SO rich, so dark, so intense… it almost glows with intensity.

The beets and raspberries pair delightfully well, too! Add a banana to the equation and you get a trio that is so sweet, you don’t even need to add any sugar at all. That’s why I chose to use plain whey protein in that one.

However, if you like your soft serve really, really sweet, feel free to use vanilla flavored instead. Just make sure you choose one that’s sweetened with stevia, not that other artificial junk…

Say, did I mention that this baby is ENTIRELY FAT FREE?

Oh yeah! Fat free, high in protein and contains no refined or artificial sugar whatsoever. Yet, it’s so good, it makes you feel just like you’re sitting at the ice cream parlor, indulging in one of their decadent specialties.

Beet and Raspberry Soft Serve | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

As luck would have it, shortly after I got my new Ninja, Simone of Junglefrog Cooking started a new Photography and Styling Challenge for the month of November: “Food or Drink in a Glass”. Talk about perfect timing! Her post went out the day before I was planning on shooting this little gem. I have to admit that I was a little uninspired, but reading Simone’s post totally inspired me and I just couldn’t wait to get up the next morning.

I had not one, but TWO excellent reasons to get out of bed:

One, I was gonna get to enjoy that soft serve again and two, I was going to photograph it this time!

So what do you think… does this look good or what? Makes me wish beets were in season right in the middle of summer.

It sure would make this my go-to snack for those crazy hot and humid summer afternoons…

With such a guilt free little pleasure, tell me, who even needs ice cream?

Beet and Raspberry Soft Serve

Serves 1

Beet and Raspberry Soft Serve

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ frozen banana, sliced
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 large beet, cooked and peeled, cut into chunks
  • 1 scoop plain whey protein powder (use vanilla flavored protein powder for an even sweeter taste)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to your mini blender or food processor and process on pulse until all the ingredients blend together to form this creamy, dreamy, icy concoction.
  2. You might have to stop a few times and scrape the sides a little and push everything back down to get the action going again.
  3. Once desired consistency is achieved, transfer to serving glass or bowl and garnish with fresh raspberries, basil leaves, unsweetened grated coconut, plain Greek yogurt, or whatever else tickles your fancy (you can also leave it ungarnished and dig right in!) I don't recommend eating this straight from the food processor though... the blades might get in the way!
  4. Now take a few beats, sit down, relax and enjoy this delicious "treat" you just made.
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Beet and Raspberry Soft Serve | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Start with a nice, BIG glass. One that really inspires you…

Beet and Raspberry Soft Serve | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Fill it up right to the top! 

Beet and Raspberry Soft Serve | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Look at that amazing texture! So soft and creamy and rich…

Beet and Raspberry Soft Serve | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

What? You mean to tell me this is not ice cream? Not even frozen yogurt? 

Beet and Raspberry Soft Serve | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Better eat it fast, before it melts on you… 

Beet and Raspberry Soft Serve | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

All gone… hope you cooked plenty of beets.

I get the feeling you’ll be wanting another one tomorrow! 

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Comments

  1. says

    O look at how gorgeous that is!!! Beautiful colors Sonia! And you know what? That photo of the empty glass is also beautiful. The light coming through the glass is perfect. So glad you’re joining in the challenge this month….:) and it sounds pretty awesome too. I have some frozen fruits in the freezer l left that I might just use for something similar. I don’t have a Ninja or Magic bullet ( not brands that are sold here) but I’m pretty sure my Kitchen Aid blender will do the trick. Love that little red baby! :)

    • says

      Thanks Simone! You are totally the one who inspired the photo of the empty glass. I don’t think that I would’ve done that if it hadn’t been for your post… so I am really pleased to hear you say that you like it! Thanks for that!

      As for the food processor, I’m hoping that it will get the job done. If it doesn’t, you should definitely consider investing in one of them little Ninjas. You won’t regret it!

      Oh, and thanks for hosting the challenge, by the way. I am super excited that I finally got to enter one. :D

    • says

      Why do you fear beets Jessica? Do you not like their taste? The only thing that bugs me about them is their tendency to stain everything they touch, but the stain is only temporary, so I learned to live with a purple cutting board during beet season! ;) And thanks for the compliment, I truly appreciate that! :)

  2. says

    Such an interesting flavor combo! I’m not big on protein powders, but this sounds like a great way to get a lot of great nutrition! Beautiful pictures as well!

  3. says

    That color is gorgeous!! I was almost afraid to click on the post because I’ve been nervous lately that my bullet might die too (had it so long) I am totally obsessed with raw beets lately and I am going to try this with homemade yogurt, great idea!

    • says

      Oh, Heather, you almost want your trusty Bullet to die… I thought my life would be completely ruined without it, but the Ninja is just soooo much better! I’m never going back! ;) Not sure how raw beets would work in this actually. I like my beets raw in salads! They’re so sweet and crunchy. Let me know how your yogurt turns out! :)

  4. Jacklyn says

    This looks delicious! I just recently discovered banana soft serve and have become obsessed! How did you cook your beets? They are one of those vegetables I have always been afraid of and have just recently started eating but haven’t dared try cooking them yet.

    • says

      Cooking beets could not be easier. Just throw them whole in a stock pot, cover with water, bring to the boil and cook until you can insert a fork into them, about 20-40 minutes depending on size. Let cool and just squeeze them in your hands to remove the peel. Easy as 1-2-3. And they are soooo delicious!

  5. says

    Gorgeous!! What an amazing color! It sounds yummy too, why have I never thought of putting beets in a smoothie? Awesome idea :)
    I’ve been fearing the death of my magic bullet for a while now. We use it at least once a day(usually twice in a row since the kids always want what I make myself and I’m not sharing, haha) and I’ve had it for well over a year now. And I PACK my smoothies in there, haha. Oh well, if it goes, it goes I guess.

    • says

      I had mine 3 years before it died on me and I too was really abusing the poor thing, as in I PACKED it solid and did soft serves like this one in it too, and that, it had a hard time dealing with… that’s probably what killed it too! When yours dies, I say you should definitely look into the Ninja. There are 2 attachments that you can use with the head and one of them is way too big for my needs ‘cuz I always do single servings, but I get the feeling that you would appreciate it, for you could make both your smoothie and that of the kids at the same time! :)

      Oh, and I urge you to try beets in a smoothie. They are amazing, I swear. And that color? NOT boosted. This IS really what you get. The kids will go nuts for them! :)

  6. says

    I don’t even know what beets look like. Oh, Google just showed me. Interesting!

    I have a raspberry avocado version of this every morning. Except without the banana so I use orange juice to sweeten it. It’s just too sour without! I might be brave one day and think about using beets. We’ll see. ;)

    And stunning pictures! Prettiest item in a glass. Ever.

    • says

      Are you serious? You had never seen a beet before, let alone taste one? OMG, you have got to remedy that! Beets might very well become your favorite vegetable. They have to be the sweetest of them all, that’s for sure! No need to be brave to give them a try..

      And really? Prettiest ever? Oh my. I am flushed! Thanks! :)

  7. concerned says

    I have tried and make many of your delicious smoothies but with quite a bit of substitution.
    Please look at and consider the dangers of whey protein. There are so many healthier alternatives such as the navy beans you have tried, spinach, quinoa, hemp hearts, and chia seeds. With so many people already battling with toxic load and congested livers it is so very important to use only natural, unprocessed and alkaline foods whenever possible.
    Keep up the good work. It’s the variety in our diets that keeps it interesting.

  8. Monika C says

    Sonia, this is amazing! I made this this morning and it was delicious. I wish I had more raspberries so i could make it again right now. Oh well. I didn’t add any protein as I am doing Whole30:)

    • says

      Uh oh… I’m afraid that even without the protein powder, this would be considered SWYPO and shouldn’t be consumed during a Whole30. No matter how healthy for you.

      I say you should save it for after your Whole30 is done and over with! ;)

      Glad you liked it though, and thank you much for letting me know! :)

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