A refreshing and nourishing super red antioxidant beet smoothie recipe with bright juicy citrus and berries.
I added a whole red beet to my smoothie this week. And you guys, it was amazing. This beet smoothie is cold, refreshing, blended with with bright fresh orange and frozen berries. It’s loaded with vitamin-C and antioxidants and makes a great breakfast or snack. If you love beets, you’ll love this smoothie. And if you don’t like beets, but want the health benefits, this is a great recipe for you too, as it’s easy to mask much of the beet flavor.
Last week I shared a post all about making Green Smoothies, but this one is about the reds, which deserve some praise too. If you look around the supplement section of any natural foods store you’ll likely see “super reds” powder. According to Food Revolution Network, “Red Fruits and Vegetables Help Fight Cancer, Reduce the Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease, Improve Skin Quality, and More.” I love our current red smoothies: Acai Bowls, Dragon Fruit Smoothies, Pitaya Smoothie Bowls, and Strawberry Banana Smoothies.
Beets Health Benefits
According to HealthLine, beets are low in calories for the amount of nutrients packed into them. Here are some of the impressive health benefits beets may provide:
- blood pressure
- athletic performance
- weight loss
Can You Eat Beets Raw?
This is a question I had a few years ago. Then I realized that one of my favorite fresh juice bar blends contained raw beets. You can use raw beets in several ways: grated and used in wraps, thinly shaved over salads, pickled, and in smoothies. I even used them in a Beet Burger, though they do cook while the burger is cooking. If you want to reap the health benefits of beets, eating them raw is best. Cooking does break down some of the antioxidants and nutrients, though I love them roasted and especially in my favorite Beet Salad! Oh, and I’ve even used beets in fun Pink Beet Pancakes!
Beet Smoothie Ingredients
This simple beet smoothie has just a few everyday ingredients. Though you can buy beet powder, I always feel it’s best to go with the least processed version. All you’ll need for this red smoothie is:
- 1 small beet, peeled
- 1 small peeled and frozen banana (for extra creaminess)
- 1/2 container dairy-free yogurt (I used kite hill vanilla)
- handful of frozen berries (will help mask the beet flavor)
- 1 whole peeled orange – yes, I toss the whole thing in, no need to juice it!
How to Make A Beet Smoothie
My Vitamix blender is one of the most-used appliances in my kitchen. While they’re not cheap, they do such a great job of blending every last bit of greens in smoothies, nuts in nut butter, etc. Here’s an (Amazon Affiliate) link to the Vitamix Store on Amazon which is worth a look.
Remove the leaves from the beet and peel it with a vegetable peeler. Cut into small-medium chunks and add to the blender with the rest of the ingredients. I add ice after blending the other ingredients first.
Beet Smoothie Tips & Tricks
- It may take a bit more blending than usual to get all the beet bits finely blended.
- If this is your first time using beets in smoothies or juicing, I recommend starting with half of a small beet and adding more.
- If you don’t have a high-powered blender such as Vitamix or Blend-tec, you may want to grate your beets rather than cut into chunks to make blending easier.
- Add more ice to thicken, more liquid to thin.
- 1 small beet, peeled
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1 frozen banana, peeled
- 1 cup frozen blueberries or strawberries
- 1/2 (5 oz.) dairy-free vanilla yogurt (such as kite hill)
- 1 cup ice
- Roughly chop the beet. If not using a high-powered blender you may want to grate the beet instead so that it blends more easily. If this is your first beet smoothie, or you don't love beets, start with half a beet.
- Place the peeled orange into the blender. Add the banana, berries, yogurt, and beet.
- Cover the blender and blend until smooth. Blend in as much ice as desired to make thick and cold. You can use the rest of the yogurt cup if you'd like too.
- Enjoy immediately!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 smoothies
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 190 Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Fiber: 5g