With colder months and flu season approaching we need all the nutrients we can get. Beets are high in immune boosting vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and other nutrients. These vegan beet smoothies are made with colorful beets, coconut milk, and leafy greens like spinach and kale. Mix and match as you please.
I can’t imagine a healthier way to start your day.
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. I had never used beets in a smoothie before. For some reason, raw beets did not sound too appealing to me. Still, I wanted to give it a try. 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 the recipe:
Like 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 compliment yellow beets well. You can also add a cup of baby spinach or kale to make it even more nutritious.
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.
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