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Fresh Beet Smoothie

Updated on November 9, 2013

Enjoy Your Veggies

In my effort to increase my vegetable intake I have resorted to adding them my smoothies (blended fruit, juices, and ice) on many a recommendation.

I have had a successful run of adding kale, collards, spinach, and swiss chard to my smoothies and have now moved from leafy vegetables to rooted ones -- specifically the beet root.

What I especially like about beet smoothies is the amazing color that is produced. One little beet can transform the color of a smoothie to an intense red.

This lens contains two beet recipes for you to try.

Citation: image copyright M. E. Wood.

Fresh Beets
Fresh Beets

Raw or Boiled for 10

Most people tend to eat beet root cooked either for soup or pickling. In this case the beet root can be used raw "as is" but I like to boil it for about ten minutes so it is easier to peel. Chop off the thick top and the tip at the bottom then cut in half or quarter if they are particularly large. Put in boiling water for ten minutes. Do not be concerned by the change of color. There are still many vitamins to go around. If you know you are going to be eating beet smoothies a few days in a row you can boil extra and not peel them but stick them in an airtight container in the fridge for the next day.

If you have the time you can roast the beets for a few hours to retain more nutrients (over boiling) and enrich the flavor.

This recipe makes a beautiful deeply colored red drink. The first taste, especially if you are not a beet eater is unusual. Do not abandon it immediately. I highly recommend using the sugar or sugar substitute the first time you try this and as you become accustomed to the taste you can reduce it. I have become so accustomed to the taste that I do not use additional sweetener.

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 20 min
  • Yields: 1 Large or 2 Small

Ingredients

  • 3 small beet roots peeled and chopped
  • 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon skim milk powder
  • 3 teaspoon of rough bran
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup skim milk (or water if you prefer)
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons of sugar substitute (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender or smoothie processor. Be sure that the beets are closest to the blades to ensure adequate pulverization. If you are using a smoothie processor like the Magic Bullet then start off by pulsing to break up large pieces before blending.
  2. Obviously, if you have blueberries and strawberries in season, fresh can be substituted for frozen. In which case I would add six to eight ice cubes to the blend. Adding ice chills the veggies and fruit making the drink more palatable.
  3. I hope you enjoy adding beets to your smoothies as much as I do. If you have other vegetable suggestions, leafy or root, to use as smoothie additions please share them in the comments below. I would love to hear what you have tried!
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Another Beet Smoothie Recipe

I was experimenting with beets again this week and created this delicious (both in taste and color) beet smoothie.

Ingredients

1 beet

1/3 cup frozen blueberries

1/3 cup mixed berries

1 teaspoon skim milk powder

4 teaspoons of raw bran

1 yogurt cup (about 1/3 cup of plain yogurt)

1 banana

1/4 cup orange juice

Dash of milk

Blend and enjoy!

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @captainj88: If you are not a fan of the taste to begin with then I recommend starting off with smaller portions for a few weeks or longer and increasing as you become more accustomed to the taste. Good luck!

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I hate beets but they're sooooo good for us, so I'm trying to learn to like them, and I'm eating them in creative ways so that I can get their benefits without tasting them too much. I'm gonna hang on to this recipe!

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @Elyn MacInnis: Excellent point! :D

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      NuttSoRuff 4 years ago

      I've never tried a beet smoothie but I actually love beets so I think I'll try your recipe!!!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Some of us who live in countries where they use composted human fertilizer have to cook everything that was grown underground. So we have no choice. Fresh is best if you like in a different sort of country... I love fresh beets in smoothies. Sigh. But you can get away with "partially cooked" and it is okay. Great lens! Thanks for the reminder!

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      This Beet Smoothie looks really yummy.

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @ChefWilliam: Thank you for the suggestions!

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      ChefWilliam 4 years ago

      We enjoy carrot s and an apple with the beets when we make smoothies

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      JoshuaJDavid 4 years ago

      My wife loves beets so I will show this to her. If she can make a beet smoothie she will be all over it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I roast my beets. I understand that some people make a face at the word 'beet'. My guess is because they were fed the canned kind when they were younger. There is a huge difference between them. I have IBD and there are a few liver problems that run in the family. Beets purify the liver and the blood and a lot more. I am always on the look out for fresh fruit and vegetable smoothies. Not the prepackaged stuff. With IBD, sometimes I like meal substitutes like healthy smoothies. Whole foods are great but when they're juiced , I can absorb the nutrients better. Thanks for the recipes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I drink fruit smoothies frequently and have added spinach before. I love roasted beets and wondered if it would be just as good in smoothies, thank you for the recipe.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Had Beet juice smoothies every morning in jamaica and excited to add these to my at home routine. Thanks!

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      Mikeyoung66 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I usually nuke my beets.They come out pretty tasty,but I'll try the roasting method to compare.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Roast your beets instead of boiling in foil for about 60to 90 minutes depending on size.They hold in qiute a bit more flavour and nutrients.

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      Mikeyoung66 5 years ago

      @Zut Moon: You really can't go wrong with fruit smoothies.Just grab whatever fruit is on hand.I use a Vitamix,the king of smoothie makers,which purees anything.For that reason,I have been known to add raw quick oats,flax seed,etc to my smoothies.

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @julieannbrady: If you can do borscht you can definitely do a smoothie! :D

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @Zut Moon: Beets are definitely an acquired taste. The banana/strawberry recipes are on my other smoothie recipe lens. :D

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      Zut Moon 5 years ago

      Oh Nuts ... I saw SMOOTHIES so here I came ... but BEETS ??? Man, I hate beets ... where's the recipes for banana/strawberry smoothies, tomato juice/beer smoothies, pineapple/mango ..... oh heck, I'll just have another beer !!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @julieannbrady: I too was a little leery at first,but it worked out well.Use one beet to start,peeled with a vegetable peeler,and cut into cubes.Add plenty of other fruits,such as bananas,an orange,and an apple,and you are good to go.It gives the smoothie a bit of an earthy flavor,but not at all objectionable.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Hmmmm ... you know, I truly love beets -- red beets cut up and on my salad, or sliced right out of the jar. But, don't think I'll do a smoothie ... but maybe some borscht?

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @anonymous: Great option Michael! I find fresh pineapple is really hit or miss here. I had a great looking one last week but it wouldn't sweeten anything. LOL And then the week before I swear I had the best pineapple ever.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I add pineapple to my smoothies for sweetness,as I try to avoid sugar.I am in my 60s,and I find things don't have to be as sweet as when I was younger.

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      Benjamin_Vaughn 5 years ago

      @anonymous: From an avid non-liker of veggies, who now is an avid eater of veggies, thanks to juices, I am intrigued by your mention of this recipe module.

      I'm off to check it out.

      Hey BigGirlBlue, nice lens. Talk about a niche! Who would'a thunk - beets!

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @anonymous: It is all on individual taste. That is why the sugar substitute says "optional". The beet taste is not for everyone and for people that have never had it before they may need the added sugar until they get accustomed to the taste of the beets.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Good combo, but I don't think there is a need for sugar substiute as this recipe is VERY high in sugar as is.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @anonymous: They are definitely worth a try. Love them. Yes, I know about the "recipe module". It is awesome. I just haven't switched all my recipes over yet -- thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beet smoothies are new to me and I'd sure give it a try! I wonder if you know about the recipe module, it allows for a printable version of our recipes.

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Your beet smoothie recipes are a wonderful addition for vegetarians. Blessed by an angel.

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      aliciamaggie54 6 years ago

      Smoothies are good.

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      gia combs-ramirez 6 years ago from Montana

      @anonymous: You can always use a carrot peeler or even a paring knife...

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      gia combs-ramirez 6 years ago from Montana

      I love beets and smoothies! My fave way to use beets is to great them raw into a salad...even non beet lovers, love beets that way.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Ah, mom just served up a bowl of beets the other night ... don't know though that I am yet ready to try that smoothie -- love the color of it though!

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      Not sure that I could add a beet... :) I guess I need to be educated! Nice lens.

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      LotusMalas 6 years ago

      I love juicing beets - they are so sweet. It never occurred to me to put them in a smoothie. Yum!

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @anonymous: Hi Necia,

      To boil: Chop off the thick top and the tip at the bottom then cut in half or quarter if they are particularly large. Put in boiling water for ten minutes. Don't be concerned by the change of color. There are still many vitamins to go around.

      I have also used them without boiling. Meaning, I peeled them raw, chopped them, and added as above. It is a little more awkward in the sense you end up peeling off more because it is stiff but the smoothie still tastes great.

      Good luck!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Im interested in adding fresh beets to my smoothies, but do tell, how do you peel it? It was suggested that I boil first for easy skin removal, but Im wondering if I would be boiling away the nutrients.

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