Beet Green Smoothie with Mint and Chia Seeds

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!

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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.

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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.

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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! 🙂

Beet Mint and Lime Green Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • 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
Recipe type: Drinks
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Ingredients
  • 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)
Instructions
  1. In a high-speed blender, blend together the beet, kale, mint, chia seeds and water.
  2. Add the frozen banana and lime juice and blend until smooth.
  3. Add maple syrup, if desired, and blend again.
Notes
For a cold, thick smoothie, make sure the banana is frozen.
Depending on how sweet your beets and banana are, you may need to add a bit of maple syrup, to taste.

Enjoy!

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3 Comments

  1. Moira, do you blend up the beet raw? or do you cook it first to soften it? Im not sure my old blender could handle a raw beet! I do love beets too though, this looks like a good one, love the addition of mint!

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    1. Yes, like Jonty said. You could always try cutting the raw beet into smaller pieces first, which might help. We have a Blendtec, and it a workhorse! I’m pretty sure you have a birthday coming up in a few months… Perhaps now’s the time to start dropping hints 🙂

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