My signature beet smoothie is a regular in my green smoothie rotation. Despite being bright red, I still consider this a “green” smoothie. It’s full of greens, beets, and a little fruit. It’s gorgeous, delicious, and best of all, good for you.
I am a green smoothie fan for several reasons. I like to eat and get the benefit of raw, organic fruits and vegetables without having to actually eat them. I’m not into salads and I will usually pass on the raw vegetable tray. I know in my heart of hearts it’s probably better to actually eat and chew food but…I still think a green smoothie is better than ignoring the world of fresh raw food.
Many of the green smoothie recipes you see on the web have a lot of fruit in them. Mine always have two vegetables and two fruits. One of those vegetables is always a couple of handfuls of sweet greens such as spinach, kale, or chard.
I make this beet smoothie once or twice a week. Beets keep really well and I try to keep some on hand. It’s got a whole beet in it, the greens, a banana, and an apple as well as a few extras to keep it interesting.
Beets are loaded with nutrients. I found article after article claiming that eating beets does everything from increasing your sex drive to curing cancer. While perhaps not the panacea these articles suggest, adding this gorgeous vegetable to your diet seems like a good idea.
This is not a sweet dessert tasting drink. Though the fruit does give it a certain sweetness, it’s “green” for a reason. And that reason is to get some vital nutrients into your body. You may have noticed from the picture that this smoothie is not actually green when it’s all mixed up. The beets color it a beautiful shade of dark pink. Since it has two cups of greens in it though, I still consider it a “green” smoothie.
Add to your blender in this order:
- 1 raw egg
- A couple big handfuls of your favorite sweet greens. (about 2 cups) Spinach is a good place to start. I like the power/super green mixes as well.
- 1 apple OR ½ an apple and ½ orange
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 small beet or ½ large RAW beet, peeled and chopped. Sometimes I will wear gloves to do this part and I always use a plastic chopping pad. Beets can be messy.
- 1-2 tsp. of light tasting olive oil
Start your blender on a slower setting to get things chopped and moving. Then finish on a higher setting to make this concoction smooth and drinkable. **** This is very important—start slow and gradually increase speed. Starting at high-speed will send your smoothie flying out of the blender!
Notes on the Ingredients
Greens: I like sweet mixes such as Super Greens or Power Greens. Spinach is mild and sweet and works well too. In fact, I keep a bag of frozen spinach in the freezer for times when I’m out of fresh.
The Beet: Beets are kind of messy to peel and chop so I try to be really careful with them. Sometimes I will wear gloves to prepare them and I always place a flexible plastic cutting sheet on top of my cutting board. First, I chop off top and bottom. Then I peel the beet with a potato peeler. Finally, I chop it up and add to the blender.
Water: Don’t add too much at first. Oranges and apples are juicy. You want it drinkable but not too watery.
The Egg: If raw eggs make you squeamish or you feel they are unsafe, please omit. Maybe eat a hard-boiled egg along with your smoothie. I am a huge fan of eggs and can’t offer an equivalent substitute.
The Oil. I use light-tasting olive oil or coconut oil. Do add oil. It helps it have staying power to keep you from getting hungry and quality oils are really good for your skin. I don’t usually recommend it because of the strong taste, but in this recipe you can use virgin olive oil.
Bananas. I let them get ripe—no green peels! Then I peel them and put them in a freezer bag in the freezer. You can break them into smaller pieces at that time or do it when you make your smoothie.
Why no dairy? I don’t add any milk or yogurt to my smoothies. I think the reason it gives me good energy is that it is so clean and fresh. The egg, oil, and banana give it plenty of body.
Remember, variety is the key to a great diet and this is a way to get a vegetable that I don’t often eat otherwise. So yes, beets in a smoothie is definitely one of my favorite ways to eat beets!
If you are obsessed with green smoothies like I am…
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