Beets are one of the very last vegetables that I learned to like as an adult. My aversion to these ruby red roots began when I was a kid and begged my grandma to buy a can of beets, mistaking them for canned cranberry sauce. Those are definitely not the same thing. You can imagine my surprise when I tasted them thinking I was having cranberries! I couldn’t eat them YEARS after that experience, which is sad, because I was missing out on a good thing!
After my success adding beets to homemade veggie burgers, I thought I would go out on a limb and try them in a smoothie. If you can add kale and spinach to smoothies, why not beets?! True talk – I threw away the first beet smoothie I tried… There’s definitely a delicate balance to just how much beet flavor I can tolerate in the morning! After some more trial and error, this smoothie won out. There’s still a hint of beets, but it balances out the blueberries and banana well, I think.
This smoothie is loaded with good-for-you nutrients to start your morning off right. Berries and beets are very high in antioxidants which fight cell damage; keeping your skin looking healthier and preventing cancer. Blueberries are also high in anthocyanins which were shown to improve memory in older adults. Not a bad way to start the day if you ask me! Also, beets are high in betalains which support detoxification in the liver by triggering the activity of a specific enzyme that binds to potential toxins.Print
Start your morning off right with this berry beet smoothie filled with vitamins A, C, folate, and more!
- 1 small (3 ounce) roasted beet
- 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 banana, fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cup almond milk (Any dairy or non-dairy milk would work)
- 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
Feel free to use mixed berries in place of the blueberries here. I found they taste just as good!