We eat a lot of beets around here, quite often on the form of this tasty dip. We eat them raw or roasted, quite often in salads, but I have never thought to have them in a smoothie before… until now!
A few months ago, I saw a recipe for a Beet smoothie in a Bon Appetit magazine edition, and it was this gorgeous deep-purple colour. That version does not include any greens, but mine sure does 🙂
The smoothie is packed full of the good stuff – beets and a banana give it a touch of sweetness, kale for the greens, mint and a healthy squeeze of lime juice to give it a nice kick.
With the addition of greens, I wasn’t sure if the smoothie was going to keep its vibrant colour, but it definitely did! It’s amazing how much one very small beet will turn everything a deep purple hue 🙂 And the taste was quite refreshing – it will not have the sweetness of an all-fruit smoothie, so I would suggest adding a small amount of maple syrup until you’re happy.
Aside from having this vibrant colour, this green smoothie boasts a great list of health benefits.
Big Beet Benefits:
- High in nitrates, which help increase the blood supply to hard-working muscles, especially during those long, strenuous workouts (hello, climbing!)
- Great for lowering blood pressure
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- High in anti-oxidents, vitamins and minerals (hello, iron, calcium, vitamins A and C!)
So whether you’re drawn to the colour, or drawn to the health benefits, both roads lead you to the same answer – you should make this smoothie! 🙂
- Serves: 1 large smoothie
- Serving size: 1 smoothie
- Calories: 225
- Fat: 4.1 g
- Saturated fat: 0.5 g
- Carbohydrates: 47. g
- Sugar: 20.4 g
- Sodium: 86.2 mg
- Fiber: 11.9 g
- Protein: 7.3 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
- 55 g (1 small) red beet, chopped
- 75 g kale
- 1 cup water
- 1 banana, frozen
- ¼ cup fresh mint
- ½ lime, juiced
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (to taste)
- In a high-speed blender, blend together the beet, kale, mint, chia seeds and water.
- Add the frozen banana and lime juice and blend until smooth.
- Add maple syrup, if desired, and blend again.
Depending on how sweet your beets and banana are, you may need to add a bit of maple syrup, to taste.