Strawberry Beet Smoothie – this gorgeous dairy free smoothie is a little sweet, a little earthy, a little spicy, and a little tangy. Bulked up with loads of plant protein, minerals, and healthy fats from flax and hemp seeds, it’s the perfect balance of healthy nutrition and yummy treat. Drink it up for breakfast or a midday snack to reenergize. This cleansing drink will leave you feeling refreshed. Bonus: my kids loved it too!
Happy New Year, Friends! I know we are already a week in, but welcome to the first post of 2018. Most of my family was sick this past week and I was doing a cleanse due to my massive intake of Christmas cookies, so there wasn’t a whole lot of cooking going on.
I was mostly surviving on green juices, smoothies, and very light meals. I usually try to change up my juices and smoothies daily to get a good variety of vitamins and minerals, but I found myself making this pretty in pink sip three different times! Super healthy, super delicious, and I’m super excited to share it with you today!
Beets are Healthy!
It’s no secret beets are good for you. They’re full of healthy nutrients like folate, potassium, fiber, vitamin C, iron, and B vitamins. They have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. And they can even help the body in detoxification.
How to Eat Beets
Beets are a root vegetable in the same family as spinach, chard, and quinoa. They are most often eaten roasted or steamed, but they can also be eaten raw, pickled, or boiled. You can even eat the beet greens, so don’t throw those away!
You prepare beets much like potatoes – cleaning them well and peeling the skins. Beware that they do stain pretty much everything and anything, like wooden cutting boards, some counter tops, fabric, and your hands! I like to peel them right over the sink under the running water. You can wear gloves if you’re really worried about it, but I find with my method I can wash it off after a few tries.
Balance the Flavors
Beets are quite earthy, which most people either love or hate. I don’t particularly love them all by themselves, but paired with other flavors to balance, they are delicious. In this Strawberry Beet Smoothie, we have sweet berries, tangy citrus, spicy ginger and cinnamon all mingling with the earthiness of the beets.
I used an equal amount of beets and berries, which I think it perfect. My kids love it too. If you are new to beets and are very leery of the flavor of beets coming through, try 1.5 cups berries to .5 cups instead and work your way up. Cheers!
Strawberry Beet Smoothie
I hope you love this gorgeous Strawberry Pink Smoothie as much as we do. If you try it, please come back and leave me a comment below with your feedback and star rating. You can also find me on social media. Be sure to tag @veggie_inspired and #veggieinspired so I’m sure to see it. Enjoy!
- 1 cup chopped raw beets (peeled)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 banana
- 1 cup dairy free milk (I used WestSoy Organic Unsweetened)
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2-1 inch fresh ginger (peeled) (start with 1/2 inch, you can always add more if you want it spicier)
- 1 tbsp flax seeds
- 1 tbsp hulled hemp seeds
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (add up to 1 tsp if you love cinnamon like I do!)
Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and purée until smooth.
Pour into individual glasses and enjoy!