This gorgeous dairy free Strawberry Beet 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 berry beet smoothie is full of nutrients to help you feel your best.
Beets – 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]
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.
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 ½ cups berries to ½ cup beets instead and work your way up.
I usually use raw beets for this recipe, but 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 or a small package from Trader Joe’s. It’s easy to pop a whole steamed beet into this smoothie.
Strawberries – They’re rich in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and folic acid. They contain powerful antioxidants and polyphenols that may help prevent heart disease.
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 – It’s used 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 – Fresh lemon juice 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 and hemp seeds – They offer healthy fats, protein, fiber, and more! [source]
Chia seeds or rolled oats would both work as a substitute, but you could also just leave them out.
Spices – 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]
Not a fan of ginger or cinnamon? Add a few fresh mint leaves instead to switch up the flavor and add a refreshing vibe.
How to make the recipe
All you have to do is place all the ingredients into a high-powered smoothie and blend until smooth!
It really is that easy!
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.
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.
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.
Yup! They can be frozen. You can freeze them cooked or raw. Check out this handy article about freezing beets.
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Strawberry Beet Smoothie
- 1 cup chopped raw beets peeled
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 banana
- 1 cup almond milk or milk of choice
- Juice of ½ lemon
- ½-1 inch fresh ginger peeled (start with ½ inch, you can always add more if you want it spicier) (¼ – ½ teaspoon of dried ginger can be used instead)
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon hulled hemp seeds
- ½ 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!
Nutrition values are calculated using online calculators and are estimates only. Please verify using your own data.