It’s official: the most beautiful pink in the entire world is the color of a red beet smoothie. Well, at least that’s my opinion.
Beets are root vegetables that are loaded with nutrients: fiber, iron, potassium, manganese, vitamin B9, and vitamin C. And the can be eaten raw, which is beneficial for those of us who like to toss veggies into our smoothie.
The most important thing to know about beets is that you need to peel them first. They peel as easily as a potato so no special tools are required. Red beets will gently stain your fingers (or clothing) red, so be careful as you peel it.
Why remove the peel? Because it has an extremely earthy taste, and there’s no need to add extra cups of sugary fruit to your smoothie just to potentially enjoy the benefits of earthy beet skin.
For this tropical beet smoothie, you’ll get to enjoy three servings of vegetables (beet, carrot, and spinach) and 2 servings of fruit (blueberries and a tropical mix), plus a serving of probiotics (kefir or yogurt). Extra seeds are optional, but they add a nice dose of protein and nutty flavor to the smoothie.
Like all smoothies made in the Vitamix, you can dump all of the ingredients in–including a whole carrot and an entire beet–and blend on high for 30 seconds. You’ll be left with a perfectly smooth smoothie and no dirty dishes (except a peeler).
- ¼ cup kefir or yogurt
- ¼ cup milk, any kind
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 1 beet, peeled
- 1 carrot, peeled
- 1 handful of spinach
- ¼ cup frozen blueberries
- ½ cup frozen tropical fruit mix (strawberry, mango, peach, pineapple, etc.)
- Optional: 2 Tbsp flax seed
- Optional: 1 Tbsp chia seed
- Place all ingredients in blender (in any order) and blend on high for 30 seconds.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 192mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 8gSugar: 19gProtein: 12g