Beet Smoothie

Here’s how to make a beet smoothie, full of sweet flavor and vivid color! This healthy puree is loaded with nutrients and fruit.

Beet smoothie

Want to eat more beets? Try a Beet Smoothie: the perfect way to get beets into your diet with delicious fruity flavor. You don’t even need to worry about cooking the beet! Peel it and throw it in raw, and it gives the most vibrant color to this puree. It’s the perfect way to use beets you’re not sure what to do with. Alex and I were a little wary about what the flavor of a beet smoothie would be. (Too beet-y…?) But it came out with the best sweet flavor offset by banana, apple and pineapple! Here’s how to make it.

Ingredients for this beet smoothie

Beets are usually eaten cooked. But in this beet smoothie, you can use a raw beet! Just make sure that when you peel it, you take precautions from the beet juice: it can stain your hands and clothes! Here’s what you need to make a beet smoothie:

  • Raw beet: Yep, just peel it, dice it and throw it in the blender!
  • Green apple: Beets and apples are a fitting pair. It’s the key many smoothies: it brings in sweetness and texture.
  • Banana: Banana adds creamy texture and more sweetness.
  • Frozen pineapple: Here’s the kicker: it enhances the sweet tart flavor and adds the right icy texture.
  • Water and ice: Ice and water add texture and body.
How to cook beets
Farmers market beets are perfect for smoothies

Do you need to peel beets for smoothies?

Yes! The beet skin is tough and can make a beet smoothie gritty. Take the 1 minute it takes to peel the beet, and you’ll have a smoother puree.

Can I use cooked beets instead of raw?

You can use either cooked or raw beets in a smoothie! If you have cooked beets already on hand, a smoothie is a perfect place to use them. Or, cooked packaged beets are becoming easy to find in grocery stores. A package of these is also great for smoothies.

How to make a beet smoothie

How to add protein to this beet smoothie

On it own, this beet smoothie is packed with flavor and nutrients. But are you looking for a smoothie with protein to make a filling breakfast or a snack? Here are some ideas to add protein:

  • Greek yogurt: Make a creamy beet smoothie! Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup Greek yogurt for a boost of protein and probiotics for a healthy gut. If necessary, add a few splashes of water to get it to blend. This will lighten the color a bit to a lighter pink.
  • Nut butter. Add almond butter or cashew butter to the mix! Start with 1 tablespoon, and add more as desired. It will change the color a bit as well.
Beet smoothie

Flavor variations!

Want to change up this beet smoothie? Here are some ideas for ways to make it even tastier:

  • Ginger: Add 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger to the mix for a spicy brightness.
  • Blueberry: Substitute 1 cup frozen blueberries for the frozen pineapple.
  • Coconut: Throw in a handful of coconut to the mix.
  • Mango: Substitute 1 cup frozen mango for the pineapple.

Smoothie storage

Smoothies are best eaten immediately. But this beet smoothie actually lasts 1 day refrigerated, stored in a sealed container or a mason jar with the lid on. It may separate, which is perfectly natural. Just shake it up and you’re good to go!

Beet smoothie

This beet smoothie recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, plant-based, dairy-free, and vegan

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Beet smoothie

Easy Beet Smoothie


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 small smoothies 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to make a beet smoothie, full of sweet flavor and vivid color! This healthy puree is loaded with nutrients and fruit.


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Ingredients

  • 1 small raw beet (about 2/3 cup peeled and diced)
  • 1 large green apple
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks or mango
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 10 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Peel the raw beet, then dice it (be careful of the beet juice, as it stains!).
  2. Chop the apple, leaving the skin on. Break the banana into pieces.
  3. Add the beet, apple, banana, frozen pineapple, water, and ice cubes. Blend until smooth. Eat immediately or store 1 day in a sealed jar; if it separates, shake to re-integrate it.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Smoothie

Keywords: Beet smoothie

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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