Beet Smoothie

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This raw Beet Smoothie is sweetened with plenty of icy strawberries so you can enjoy all the beet benefits without the raw root taste. Add your favorite protein powder or Greek yogurt and a squirt of honey for a smoothie almost too pretty to drink.

2 glasses of beet smoothie with straws.


 

If Crayola needs a new color, let me submit BEET SMOOTHIE as a contender. This stunning pink smoothie is a deep gem-colored glass of shiny magenta, and it’s just as inspiring to drink as it is to blend.

The raw beet flavor is countered with a pile of frozen strawberries. So if you’re shy about beets, fear not: the drink is fruity and sweet – layer on even more flavor with vanilla protein powder and a splash of honey.

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for beet smoothies.

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Ingredient notes

  • Beets: This smoothie recipe will work with any variety of beets. I prefer raw red beets for the stunning color, but gold beets work as well. Cooked beets are not required here, allowing you to maximize the health benefits of beets, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals – without the extra steps.
  • Strawberries: To substitute fresh strawberries, add ½ cup ice or more to the blender.
  • Protein powder: You can use either Greek yogurt or protein powder in this smoothie. Protein powder is never a one-size-fits-all solution, but I wrote extensively about the Best Protein Powders for Smoothies because it’s something I care about. If you don’t currently have a favorite, you might be able to find one in the list.
  • Honey: Taste the smoothie before adding any sweeteners, then start with a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup and add to your preferred sweetness. You probably won’t need anything if you use a vanilla-flavored protein powder.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. In the bottom of a blender, add water, beet, strawberries, and protein powder or Greek yogurt.
A blender filled with beet smoothie ingredients.
  1. Blend until smooth. Taste and add honey if desired.
A blender filled with beet smoothie ingredients.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes about 2 cups of smoothie, enough for 1 serving.
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Some separation may occur, so shake or stir to combine before enjoying. (I love a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid for this!)
  • Flax or chia seeds: Add 2 tablespoons of flax seeds or chia seeds for an extra boost of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. You can soak the chia seeds in water for 5 to 10 minutes if desired, but it’s not required. Bob’s Red Mill is my favorite brand for these.
  • Greens: Add 2 cups of veggies like fresh spinach or kale for an extra nutritional boost. This is a great option for using your smoothie as a meal replacement.
  • Mix-ins: Mix up your beet smoothie by adding more fruit, such as blueberries, coconut, mixed berries, frozen bananas, or even a few pieces of fresh ginger.
  • Caribbean Passion Smoothie: This Jamba Juice copycat is sweet, refreshing, and easy to make at home. It tastes EXACTLY like the real thing!
  • Carrot Smoothie: You’ll love the flavors of mango, bananas, and orange juice in this colorful, vibrant smoothie starring a secret ingredient: frozen carrots.
  • Mango Smoothie: This simple smoothie is flavored with mangoes and bananas with Greek yogurt for protein and milk for creaminess. 
  • Peach Smoothie: Packed with protein and vitamins, this Peach Smoothie is a nourishing breakfast or snack idea anytime.
  • Spinach Smoothie: Fresh spinach, banana, pineapple, and yogurt make for a super simple, totally delicious way to eat more green smoothies.
  • Strawberry Smoothie: This 3-ingredient recipe is packed with protein and low-sugar berries for a quick and easy breakfast or snack anytime.
  • Strawberry Citrus Ginger Smoothie: Quench your thirst with this refreshing and fruity treat perfect for crushing your sweet cravings.
2 glasses of beet smoothie with straws.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you pick out good beets?

Select beets that are firm and hard, not squishy. Avoid any beets that have soft spots or are wrinkled. If available, seek out beets that have their greens still attached.

How do you trim, wash, and peel beets?

Trim the beet greens the root. To wash beets, scrub them vigorously under running water to remove any dirt. Use a peeler or sharp knife to remove the skin.

My blender always struggles with smoothies. How can I process smoothies easier?

If you don’t have a high-speed blender like a Vitamix, your blender may find frozen fruit and ice challenging. Especially if you notice that your blender errs on the weak side, but a best practice for all smoothie-makers, start by adding the liquid portion of the recipe, then add the fruit and vegetables on top. If frozen, let them thaw a bit before blending. Check out my guide to the best blenders.

What’s the key to a thick smoothie texture?

If you enjoy your smoothies on the thicker side, use frozen strawberries and add ice as desired. If you prefer a juicer, straw-sippable smoothie, blend in fresh strawberries.

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2 glasses of beet smoothie with straws.

Beet Smoothie

This raw Beet Smoothie is sweetened with plenty of icy strawberries so you can enjoy all the beet benefits without the raw root taste.
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 serving (2 cups)
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 237
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup water or almond milk
  • 2 ounces raw red beet peeled and chopped (about ¼ cup)
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries about 8 ounces (see note 1)
  • 1 scoop protein powder or ½ cup Greek yogurt (see note 2)
  • Honey to taste, optional (see note 3)

Instructions 

  • In the bottom of a blender, add water, beet, strawberries, and protein powder or Greek yogurt. Blend until smooth. Taste and add honey if desired.

Notes

  1. Strawberries: To substitute fresh strawberries, add ½ cup ice or more to the blender.
  2. Protein powder: Use either your favorite vanilla protein powder or ½ cup Greek yogurt.
  3. Honey: Taste the smoothie before adding any sweeteners, then start with a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup. If you use a vanilla-flavored protein powder, you probably won’t need anything.
  4. Yield: This recipe makes about 2 cups of smoothie, enough for 1 serving.
  5. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Some separation may occur, so shake or stir to combine before enjoying.

Nutrition

Serving: 2 cupsCalories: 237kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 28gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 104mgPotassium: 715mgFiber: 7gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 133IUVitamin C: 172mgCalcium: 160mgIron: 4mg
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