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A Super Healthy Beet Smoothie That Will Make You Feel Refreshed and Energized
Is there an easier way to get a blast of fruit and veggies than by making a smoothie?
I don’t think so.
This beet smoothie provides a huge blast of healthiness so you’ll be ready to tackle your busy workday or workout.
I recently learned that beets have been shown to improve athletic and brain performance. So, I’m all in on consuming beets before I need to be at peak performance. This beet smoothie is the perfect way to do so.
Drink this smoothie about 90 minutes before you exercise for increased endurance during your workout.
Vegan and nut-free, this beet smoothie is quick to make and naturally sweet. Plus, it is loaded with healthy antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C, and other important nutrients.
Skip the $9 smoothie at the local juice bar and learn how to make this healthy beet smoothie yourself!
What’s in This Beet Smoothie?
This super healthy beet smoothie has only 4 ingredients.
Beets are blended with banana, berries, and almond milk for a delicious and simple breakfast or snack.
Is This Beet Smoothie Healthy?
This beet smoothie will provide a blast of antioxidants that may help protect your body from heart disease, cancer, and other harmful diseases.
In addition to being loaded with vitamins and mineral, beets have two plant compounds that provide many benefits to your body: nitrates and betalain.
The nitrates in beets aren’t the bad sodium nitrates that are added to processed food. These nitrates are converted to nitric oxide in your body. Studies like this one have shown nitric oxide helps increase blood flow and lower blood pressure. Because of this, beets have even been shown to increase athletic performance and brain health.
The other plant compound in beets, betalain, is the pigment that gives beets their beautiful color. This antioxidant may help protect against cancer and reduce inflammation in the body.
You can read more about the health benefits of beets here.
Banana and berries are packed with vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and other antioxidants. The result of adding all of these ingredients together is a smoothie that will give you energy, help your body fight disease, reduce inflammation, and increase immunity.
How to Make a Beet Smoothie
1. Cut Up Your Beets
Beets are the star of the show in this smoothie. They add their beautiful red color, earthy taste, and a hint of sweetness.
You can use any type of beet, but red beets will best because of their color and availability. Cut or dice them so they blend easier.
2. Add Banana
Bananas put the “smooth” in this beet smoothie. It adds creaminess, a silky smooth texture, and sweetness. If you’ve ever made banana ice cream, you know what I mean.
Both raw or frozen bananas work great. Frozen bananas will provide a thicker texture. So, if you have them, use them.
What I like to do is buy a few extra bananas each week, cut them up (they’ll be way harder to cut once frozen), and put them in the freezer. That way, I have them on hand whenever I want to make a smoothie or banana ice cream.
3. Choose and Add Your Berries
The choice is yours on the type(s) of berries to add. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or a mix all work great. I used blueberries for this recipe.
Frozen berries are the cheaper and easier option. Plus, they’ll make your smoothie thicker. I don’t even buy that many fresh berries these days. I just stick to the frozen stuff for ease of use.
4. Pick and Add Your Liquid
A bit of liquid is needed for the ingredients to properly blend. Blenders have dull blades, so they’re not made to chop up solid ingredients like a food processor that has sharp blades. The liquid helps to breakdown the ingredients.
I used almond milk, but you can certainly use another option like oat milk, almond milk, cashew milk, soy milk, whole milk, or coconut milk. Fruit juices like apple or orange juice would also work great. One of these juices would make a really bright and refreshing smoothie.
5. Add Other Healthy Ingredients
This beet smoothie recipe keeps it simple. But, feel free to add-in other healthy ingredients. Here are a few superfoods that will crank up the healthiness of this smoothie.
- Flax seed – for omega-3s
- Hemp seed – for omega-3s, omega-6s, and protein
- Coconut flakes – for fiber, vitamins, and minerals
- Chia seeds – for fiber, protein, and omega-3s
- Bee pollen – for a complete protein packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants
- Protein powder – for protein
The best part! Toss all of your ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Depending on how powerful your blender is, this will take between 1 and 3 minutes.
Tips for Making This Beet Smoothie
Adding Kale, Spinach or Other Greens
I love adding greens to my smoothies because it makes them even healthier. You can definitely add greens to this smoothie recipe, but it will change the color. It won’t be as bright and vibrant.
Fresh Versus Frozen Fruit
We always have a big bag of frozen berries in our freezer to add to oats and smoothies. They’re cheaper and easier to keep than fresh fruit. We typically always have a few bananas too.
Both fresh and frozen fruit work. But, frozen will create a thicker and creamier texture than fresh fruit. I recommend using at least one frozen fruit component.
How to Make this Smoothie Milk-free
Substitute apple juice, orange juice, or coconut water to make this smoothie milk free.
Variations to This Beet Smoothie Recipe
The beauty of smoothies in generally is that the ingredients can be easily modified. I mean, you’re just tossing a bunch of stuff in a pitcher and blending it all together anyway. Here are a few ideas to change up this recipe.
- Beet and Coconut Smoothie – Add coconut flakes, coconut milk, and/or coconut oil to give this smoothie a blast of coconut flavor.
- Beet and Avocado Smoothie – Toss in an avocado. You can leave out the banana and/or berries since the avocado will add creaminess to the texture.
- Chocolate Beet Smoothie – Add in cacao powder and/or pieces of dark chocolate to turn this smoothie into a more dessert-like treat.
Beet and Berry Smoothie
- 6 oz. beets, peeled and chopped (about 1 small beet or 1 cup chopped beet)
- 1 banana, torn or cut into large chunks
- 3/4 cup frozen berries, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or a mix
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend for 1-2 minutes until smooth.
- Taste smoothie and add more milk if you would like a thinner texture
- Pour into a glass or jar. Serve immediately.
- Use apple juice, orange juice, oat milk, whole milk, cocnut milk, or soy milk instead of almond milk.
- Add in a common superfood like flax seed, hemp seed, coconut flakes, chia seed, bee pollen, or protein powder to make this smoothie even healthier.
- Use coconut milk and add in coconut flakes and coconut oil to make this a coconut beet smoothie.
Ready to Make this Beet Smoothie?
Change things up with this beet smoothie. You’ll be surprised at how sweet it tastes even with no added sugar.
I love the way the earthy beets pair with the sweet berries. If you have both frozen bananas and frozen berries, I highly suggest using them. It will create a creamier and more refreshing smoothie that will make you think you’re eating ice cream.
Beets are super versatile. You can roast, grill, boil, steam, pickle or eat raw. So, basically they can be cooked in any way. Check out one of the recipe below to see how.