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!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Beet-mint lime-green smoothie

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.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Beet-mint lime-green smoothie

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
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
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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Sunday Smoothie: Week 5

Well, we’re officially at the end of January and, holy moly, the month seems to have gone by in a blink of the eye.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Caring-carrot smoothie

I’ve loved doing the Green Smoothie Challenge for January but, if I’m honest, it really wasn’t much of a challenge! Once I got into the hang of preparing everything the night before (or freezing multiple days worth of fruit at the beginning of the week), I found it wasn’t time consuming or difficult. Also, all the smoothies tasted good and kept me full until lunch-time, so a win all around 🙂

These last two smoothies I’m going to share with you, hit the taste-bud mark for me.

The Green Nutter Smoothie

You can’t go a full month of smoothie drinking without adding a nut-butter to at least one smoothie! I added peanut butter to this one, because that’s what we had in the house, but almond butter would be great, too. There’s something very satisfying (and somehow decadent) about tasting the peanut butter. When Jonty was mixing one of them up for me in the morning, he said “Ohhhh, peanut butter!”, and I’m pretty sure he was slightly jealous he wasn’t drinking one, too 🙂

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Caring-carrot smoothie

The Crazy Carrot Smoothie

This was the only smoothie I made during the entire month that added veggies (other than the greens) to the mix.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Caring-carrot smoothie

I wasn’t sure how it would taste but, as I’m learning, when you have sweet fruit in a smoothie (like pineapple and oranges), you can add almost any type of veggie you like and you will most-likely just taste the sweetness from the fruit. In the future, I would definitely be inclined to add more veggies to my daily smoothie!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Caring-carrot smoothie

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed my Sunday Smoothie session in January, and perhaps been inspired to try incorporating some into your weekly routine!

Some of the benefits:

  • It’s an easy way to increase the amount of fruits and veggies in your diet.
  • One smoothie can keep you remarkably full for a few hours (I drink half a smoothie around 7:30 am, and finish the other half around 10:00 am). It’s always something I look forward to having.
  • Adding a spoonful of chia seeds or flax seeds can give your diet a boost of protein, fibre and good omega-3’s without much effort.
  • They just taste good 🙂

The Green Nutter Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 smoothie
  • Serving size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 260
  • Fat: 11.4 g
  • Saturated fat: 2.0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.9 g
  • Sugar: 16.4 g
  • Sodium: 70 mg
  • Fiber: 8.5 g
  • Protein: 8.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 70 g spinach
  • 1 medium banana, frozen
  • 1 tbsp nut butter (I used peanut butter here)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Blend together the spinach, chia seeds and coconut water, until smooth.
  2. Add the frozen pineapple and the nut butter, and blend until completely smooth.
Notes
For a cold smoothie, ensure at least one fruit added is frozen.

Crazy Carrot Green Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 smoothie
  • Serving size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 198
  • Fat: 3.8 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 41.5 g
  • Sugar: 27.1 g
  • Sodium: 112.1 mg
  • Fiber: 8.8 g
  • Protein: 5.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 70 g spinach
  • 160 g pineapple, frozen
  • 1 small mandarin orange
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Blend together the spinach, flax seeds and water until smooth.
  2. Add in the orange, carrot and pineapple, and blend until smooth.
Notes
For a cold smoothie, ensure at least one piece of fruit is frozen.

Enjoy!

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Sunday Smoothie: Week 4

Goodness! How can we be entering the final week of January already? I only have one smoothie recipe for you today, but if you like those Terry’s Chocolate Oranges, this Chocolate Orange Green Smoothie will probably be right up your alley! 🙂

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Now, since starting the January Smoothie Challenge, I have learned a few things.

First – You can pretty much use ANY type of fruit, and your smoothie will taste just fine!

Second – You can pretty much use ANY type of green, and your smoothie will taste just fine!

Case in point – Rainbow chard was on sale last week, so I picked up two big bundles of it, and have been using this as my green for all Week 4 smoothies. And (spoiler alert!) all the smoothies have tasted great 🙂

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Chocolate-orange smoothie

I suppose Swiss chard is a fairly neutral green anyway, but still – don’t be afraid to use any green you’d like, spinach and kale are not the only two options! Also, I always add the stems to my smoothies (if you have a high-speed blender like a Blendtec, getting the smoothie smooth should not be a problem). This adds a good amount of fibre to the drink and once the fruit has been added to the mix, you won’t taste any bitterness at all.

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One more note – I usually add chia or flax seeds to all the smoothies. It’s a great and simple way to add additional fibre, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients to your diet, just a tablespoon or so does the trick!

Chocolate Orange Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 smoothie
  • Serving size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 218 cal
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 47.4 g
  • Sugar: 24.8 g
  • Sodium: 205.7 g
  • Fiber: 10.2 g
  • Protein: 5.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Drinks, Breakfast
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 90 g (1 cup packed) rainbow swiss chard (or any other green)
  • 1 cup water (or coconut water)
  • 1 banana, chopped into pieces and frozen
  • 1 small mandarine orange
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ tbsp dark cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. Blend together the swiss chard, flax seed, cocoa powder and water until smooth.
  2. Add the orange and banana and blend again, until smooth.
Notes
Try strawberries, instead of oranges, for another flavour option.
Make sure at least one piece of fruit is frozen, if you want a cold, thick smoothie.

Enjoy!

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Sunday Smoothie: Week 3

Well, I’ve just finished Week 3, and it’s been Smoothie Sailing! 🙂 But seriously, it’s been a pretty tasty challenge I’ve taken on! I may not be following the daily recipes religiously, as I’ve tried to use them more for inspiration and as a guide in order to expand my fruits and greens combinations.

The winners this week were the Apple-Ginger Smoothie (with ginger, lime, apples and chia seeds)…

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… and one I’m calling the Tropical Fiesta Smoothie, with kiwi, oranges and pineapple.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Tropical-fiesta smoothie

Mornings can be a bit of a rush, so I always make sure to prep my smoothie ingredients the night before. Once you get into the habit, it’s pretty easy. I weigh out the greens and liquids into the BlendTec jar, along with extras like chia seeds, flax seeds and ginger. The fruit gets chopped up and put into the freezer, so it’s always nice and cold.

In the morning, Jonty blends up my smoothie for me (because it takes me longer to get ready!!), all he has to do is put the frozen fruit in the blender jar and he’s good to go! Making them takes a minute or two and just requires tweaking the liquid to get the perfect consistency as the ingredients are blending!

Preparation is the key for success 🙂

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Apple-ginger smoothie

As always, these smoothies make one big glass, so if you have a few people in your house who want to partake, feel free to double the ingredient list.

Also, I can’t stop seeing a face in the Tropical Fiesta Smoothie picture above, do you see it too?! Those big green eyes and kiwi nose staring at me! 🙂

Have a great Sunday, and Happy Smoothing!

Apple-Ginger Green Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 large glass
  • Serving size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 245
  • Fat: 4.4 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 51.1 g
  • Sugar: 25.3 g
  • Sodium: 284.2 mg
  • Fiber: 13.2 g
  • Protein: 7.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Drinks
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 70 g (1 packed cup) kale
  • 1 cup coconut water (we use the King Island Pure Coconut Water)
  • 1" piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped (or ½ tsp ground ginger)
  • ½ banana, chopped
  • ½ medium apple, cored and diced
  • ½ lime, juice
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Place the kale, lime juice, ginger, chia seeds and coconut water in a high-speed blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Add the banana and apple and blend again until smooth.
Notes
For a cold smoothie, make sure at least one of the fruit is frozen.

Tropical Fiesta Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 large glass
  • Serving size: 1 glass
  • Calories: 270
  • Fat: 1.4 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 58.9 g
  • Sugar: 41 g
  • Sodium: 39.8 mg
  • Fiber: 11.2 g
  • Protein: 6.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Drinks
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 70 g (1 cup, packed) kale
  • 1 cup coconut water (we use King Island Pure Coconut Water)
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and chopped
  • 1 mandarine orange, peeled
  • 160 g (1 cup) diced pineapple
Instructions
  1. Blend together the kale and coconut water until smooth.
  2. Add the kiwi, orange and pineapple and blend again, until smooth.
Notes
For a cold smoothie, ensure at least one of your fruit ingredients is frozen.

Enjoy!

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Sunday Smoothie: Week 2

How was your first full week of the new year?! Our week seemed to fly by, due in a large part to a pretty crazy work week. I had to go in to work today (boo!) to test a new machine upgrade, but was rewarded with a few hours of climbing afterward (Jonty sent his 12c, and Moira her V6 – yay!).

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Moira bouldering V6, Cliffhanger Climbing Gym

Moira using her super core strength on a V6 boulder problem.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Jonty climbing 12c, Cliffhanger Climbing Gym

Jonty half way on a 5.12c route.

Week 2 of my Green Smoothie Challenge has been successful (you can find my favourites from Week 1 here). I managed 6 green smoothies in 7 days (after aiming for 5 per week), with the only day missing being the day Jonty and I go out for breakfast after our 5:30 am gym workout (in which case we console ourselves with a coffee and a muffin from Whole Foods.) 🙂

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Pomegranate spritzer green smoothie

Like last week, I ended up changing up the ingredients of most of the intended recipes. Luckily, they were all quite tasty – my go-to ingredient this week was fresh ginger, I added it to every smoothie! I absolutely love the smell and taste of fresh ginger, so I probably add more than most people might like, but the combination of the spicy ginger with sweet pineapple is a winner in my books 🙂

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I’ve included recipes for my two favourite smoothies of the week:

A Ginger-Citrus Smoothie…

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… and a Pomegranate Spritzer Smoothie.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Pomegranate spritzer green smoothie

Both recipes make enough for one big serving, so if you want to make enough for two people, just double the ingredients.

We hope you have a great Green Week!

Ginger-Citrus Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 serving
  • Serving size: 1 glass
  • Calories: 165
  • Fat: 1.2 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 41.1 g
  • Sugar: 26.2 g
  • Sodium: 40 mg
  • Fiber: 7.1 g
  • Protein: 4.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup / 60 g (packed) fresh kale
  • 1 cup / 150 g chopped pineapple (preferably frozen)
  • 1 mandarin orange
  • 1 piece (1 - 2") fresh ginger, peeled and diced
  • ½ fresh lime
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Using a high-speed blender, blend together the kale, orange and water until smooth.
  2. Add the pineapple and ginger and blend again until smooth.
Notes
For a cold smoothie, make sure at least one fruit is frozen (the pineapple, in this case).
Feel free to use water, coconut water, or non-dairy milk for the liquid.

Pomegranate Spritzer Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 serving
  • Serving size: 1 glass
  • Calories: 189
  • Fat: 4.1 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 37.7 g
  • Sugar: 22.3 g
  • Sodium: 40.3 mg
  • Fiber: 9.5 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Breakfast, Drink
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup / 70 g (packed) kale
  • 1 cup / 150 g chopped pineapple (preferably frozen)
  • ¼ cup pomegranate arils
  • 1 (1" - 2") piece fresh ginger, peeled and diced
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Using a high-speed blender, blend together the kale, pomegranate and chia seeds until smooth.
  2. Add the pineapple and ginger and blend again until smooth.
Notes
For a cold smoothie, make sure at least one fruit is frozen (the pineapple, in this case).
Feel free to use water, coconut water, or non-dairy milk for the liquid.

Enjoy!

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