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Really Great Things + Coconut Beet Smoothie

beet smoothie recipe

Here’s another collection of fun and/or interesting things spotted recently. Please help yourself to this potluck of links.

Anyone make a New Year’s resolution about losing weight? Read Seven Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Over 300 Pounds & Decided To Lose Weight from In Johnna’s Kitchen.  Johnna also tweeted a link to this post which asks “What if the only resolution you had was to have more fun?” That plus a brownie a day should do the trick.  If you like cute dogs, you’ll love Johnna’s upbeat Instagram feed. Speaking of reality, here’s another excellent post from Shirley at Gluten Free Easily on Substitutions and the Power of CTRL F and much more. I couldn’t stop nodding in agreement as I read it.

What a gem: Inside Kitchen Arts & Letters, the Legendary NYC Cookbook Store. I could browse in a store like that all day.

Splendid photos from a courthouse wedding taken by Corey Woodruff. I love everything about this. And those red shoes? Fabulous.

In case you missed it, I shared recipes for Instant Buche de Noel, Mint Crinkles + 1o favorite cookie recipes, Easy Vegan Pizza Crust, and Resolution Brownies. And more food photos landed on foodgawker. Point and shoot, ftw.

Still here? Hope you’re thirsty.

Coconut Beet Smoothie

1 minute

1 substantial smoothie

Substitute another juice if you like. Not that looks matter, but beet juice is gorgeous. And it's pretty on the inside, too. Beet juice would feel right at home on any list of super foods. See notes after recipe for specific products used.


  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut yogurt
  • 1/2 cup beet juice
  • Club soda to top off


In a large cup, combine chia seeds, milk, yogurt, and beet juice. Add club soda to top. Because bubbles are always fun.


For this smoothie, I used milled chia seeds. In case you don't see chia at your store, be sure to ask before assuming it isn't carried. Even then, it pays to look around for yourself. I found those milled chia seeds on the bottom shelf of the baking aisle in a local store and then informed the store's manager of the location.

I used coconut milk and coconut yogurt from So Delicious.

Did you know that beets are distantly related to venus fly traps? Yep.


social media failure

This screenshot is for my nephew, who didn’t believe that only a handful of people see my posts on facebook.


  1. Thanks so much for the sweet mentions, Linda! So much good stuff here today, including that smoothie. (Well, except for that dismal example of what’s happening on Facebook these days. Blech!) I so miss chia seeds. Hope I can eat them again one day. Maybe I can use hemp seeds instead. 😉 And what interesting info on the beets-Venus fly trap connection! Off to check out some of your links that I hadn’t checked out already. Love Johnna’s post–powerful advice. Also love both ideas on the best resolutions!!!


    • You’re welcome, Shirley. The chia seeds just thicken things up quickly. Not essential, so I’d skip it if I were you. Thanks so much for commenting, Shirley – that just reminded me to go look at Johnna’s instagram feed which is always a pick-me-up (and possibly make a weblink).


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