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!
I usually try to change up my juices and smoothies daily to get a good variety of vitamins and minerals, but I find myself making this pretty-in-pink sip quite a lot! It’s not too sweet, has a nice citrus and ginger kick, and the flavors are balanced perfectly between the beets and strawberries.
Super healthy, super delicious, and I’m super excited to share it with you today!
This delicious dairy free smoothie is full of nutrients to help you feel your best.
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, which may aid in disease prevention. And they can even help the body in detoxification. [source]
Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and folic acid. They contain powerful antioxidants and polyphenols that may help prevent heart disease. [source]
Flax and hemp seeds offer healthy fats, protein, fiber, and more! [source]
Ginger is a popular spice that boasts many anti-inflammatory benefits and may help to prevent nausea, reduce muscle pain, lower blood sugar levels, aid in digestion, lower cholesterol, and improve heart and brain health. [source]
All about 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!
There are several varieties of this root vegetable and they aren’t all red. They can be used interchangeably as far as flavor goes, but for this smoothie, a red variety will add to the gorgeous bright color.
Red beets are the most popular and what you’ll find most often in mainstream grocery stores.
Golden beets are yellow or orange in color and have a more mild, less earthy flavor than the red variety, but they are also less sweet.
White beets are bit sweeter in flavor and won’t stain your hands.
Chioggia beets, sometimes called Candy Cane beets, are beautifully striped in red and white, though you may find some that are more orange or yellow, than red.
Do I have to peel them?
Beets can be prepared much like potatoes – cleaning them well and peeling the skins. However, just like potatoes, it isn’t necessary to peel them, especially if roasting. If consuming them raw, the skin can be a tad bitter, so I usually peel them.
If you choose to peel them, beware that they do stain pretty much anything and everything, 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.
Can they be eaten raw?
Yes! They can be eaten raw after a good scrubbing to ensure they are clean of dirt and debris. For this recipe, chop the raw beet and throw it in the blender with the remaining ingredients.
Can they be frozen?
Yup! They can be frozen. You can freeze them cooked or raw. Check out this handy article about freezing beets.
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How to balance the flavors
Beets are quite earthy, which most people either love or hate. I don’t particularly love them 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 1/2 cups berries to 1/2 cup beets instead and work your way up.
Following the original recipe ingredients and instructions will give you the best results, but here are some adaptations that will work if need be.
Beets ~ this is a beet smoothie, so if you don’t want to use the beets, perhaps you’d prefer a different recipe. See below for more delicious smoothie recipes. If you have cooked beets, either cooked yourself or store-bought pre-cooked, those will work just fine. I often buy a box of steamed beets from Costco…the box contains three vacuumed packed bags of beets that are shelf stable until opened. Once opened, they need to be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge. It’s easy to pop a whole steamed beet into this smoothie.
Strawberries ~ if you don’t have strawberries or can’t have them due to allergies, frozen blueberries, raspberries, or cherries would be yummy alternatives. If you only have fresh available, you may need to add a few ice cubes to the recipe.
Banana ~ the banana is here for sweetness and creaminess. A frozen banana would work great. You could throw in a few pitted dates or use frozen pineapple instead.
Lemon ~ lemon brings a bit of tang to balance the earthiness of the beets and the sweetness of the berries and banana. You could use lime or orange instead.
Flax seeds & hemp seeds ~ chia seeds or rolled oats would both work as a substitute, but you could also just leave them out.
Ginger & Cinnamon ~ Not a fan of ginger or cinnamon? Add a few fresh mint leaves instead to switch up the flavor and add a refreshing vibe.
More vegan smoothie recipes
- Coconut Berry
- Blueberry Oatmeal
- Tropical Green
- Apple Pie
- Peanut Butter Cup
- Strawberry Shortcake
- Chocolate Covered Cherry
- Mint Matcha
- Pumpkin Pear
- Creamy Clementine
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- 1 cup chopped raw beets (peeled)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 banana
- 1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 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) (1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon of dried ginger can be used instead)
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon hulled hemp seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (add up to 1 teaspoon 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!
Serving Size:2 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 219Saturated Fat: 1gSodium: 73mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 9gSugar: 17gProtein: 9g