I had no intentions of sharing a beet smoothie recipe until I saw these colorful beets in our farmer’s market last week. I do not usually buy beets that much because my husband does not like them. But these ones were too pretty to pass up. So I bought a bunch with no recipe in mind. I thought I would roast them with a little olive oil and salt and pepper; mix with goat cheese and walnuts and treat myself to a simple dinner.
But then I saw a smoothie recipe using red beets. Even though I have tried this Beet Juice recipe before, I had never used beets in a smoothie before. So the next morning I put a small red beet in my usual morning smoothie that I make with almond milk, frozen bananas, and baby spinach.
To my surprise, it was not bad at all. The next day, I tried it with a yellow beet. Unlike the smoothie that I made with the red beet, it tasted much more earthy and beet-like. This time it was more like the strong taste of the yellow beet took over the whole smoothie.
A couple of days later, I went back to the kitchen and this time I used coconut milk instead of almond. I also added some grapes to make it a little sweeter. Unlike it was in my first try, the taste of beets didn’t take over the whole smoothie. It was much more balanced. In the following days, I tried different versions of the same smoothie with and without baby spinach and kale. I also combined two different colored beets. They were all so good. Coconut milk was definitely a better option than almond milk.
About this beet smoothie recipe:
As I mentioned earlier, you can mix and match as you please. If you make it with red beets and no greens, it has a pretty pink color and it tastes very much like a cow-milk based milkshake. If you make it with yellow beets, you can swap the grapes with pineapple. Both fruits complement yellow beets well. You can also add a cup of baby spinach or kale to make it even more nutritious.[/su_column]
These smoothies are such a good way of getting raw beets in your diet. They are high in immune boosting vitamin C, potassium, manganese, and fiber. They also have anti cancer properties. As I was researching for this post, I found out that you could eat their green leaves as well. Come to find out, they are just as, if not more, nutritious. I had no idea that they were edible. Apparently, a lot of people chop them up and sauté them with onions and other vegetables and serve them as a side dish. Unfortunately, I had already thrown them away, but I know next time I will make sure to use them in my cooking.
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Immune Boosting Multi-Colored Beet Smoothies
- 2 small or 1 big beet – red yellow, or both – peeled and cut into cubes
- 1 (14 oz.) can of whole coconut milk
- 1 frozen banana in small pieces
- 12-14 red seedless grapes
- 1 tablespoon lime juice freshly squeezed
- 1 cup baby spinach or kale rinsed (optional)
- 1 cup ice
- Place beets, coconut milk, banana, grapes, lime juice, spinach (or kale) and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Divide it in between 2 glasses and serve immediately.
This is my favorite smoothie ever! I sometimes add almond butter in this. It tastes sooo good and it’s color is sooo pretty.
Ohhh I love the idea of adding in almond butter. Such an easy way to elevate it!
traci | Vanilla And Bean
I needed this, Aysegul. I drink smoothies every morning, but I often forget about beets. They are SO healthy for us for so many reasons. I love the creamy coconut milk you’ve used and the grapes make this just perfect! Thank you for sharing this deliciousness!
Ha ha.. I am new to using beets in recipes too. I hope you’ll like it as much as I do my friend.
Sarah @ Snixy Kitchen
These beets are calling to me – they’re so flirty and pretty! I’ve never put a raw beet in a smoothie before, but I’m so curious to try it and I love that you adjusted the recipes to fit the different flavor profiles of the beets – so smart! Also love all the colors:)
Beeta @ Mon Petit Four
Like your hubby, I’m not a big beet fan either, but I do enjoy them in smoothies. Yours looks so pretty and refreshing. If you’re ever looking for a good pairing to subdue the beet flavor, strawberries are great! 🙂
Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire
I love beets in my smoothies, but I’ve only made it with red beets and usually the same kind of smoothie (blood orange and beets). You’ve definitely inspired me to experiment with types of beets and flavor pairings!