I’ve made this smoothie several times now and love it for a well-balanced but quick breakfast (or snack). My kids always want some of it, too (because who can resist a chocolate smoothie?).
Beets are very high in many antioxidants, nutrients and minerals. They have naturally-occurring nitrates that help dilate your blood vessels and help your body extract more energy from oxygen (which is an amazing advantage while working out!). Click here for more facts and videos about how beets can help your brain, heart, and improve your athletic performance. Beets are also high in folate, which is vital during pregnancy but also important at every life stage for blood cell function, and healthy skin, hair and nails.
Beets have a very earthy taste. However, cocoa helps distract from that taste (while adding important minerals!). It’s kind of like a red velvet smoothie!
Beets, greens and berries (or cherries) are all very high in antioxidants and are anti-inflammatory. Add in some hemp seeds (or protein powder) for some plant protein, and you’ve got a delicious and satisfying way to start your day!
Here are some other favorite smoothie recipes!
Cocoa helps cover the strong taste of beets, and makes it really yummy to get the amazing nutrition of beets in! If you don't have beets or don't want to use them, put extra greens in instead.
- 1 small raw beet (about 2 inches in diameter)
- 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries (frozen cherries are also good)
- 2 large dates
- 2 TBSP cacao powder
- 1 handful spinach or power greens
- 1.5 cups almond milk (or any plant milk)
- 2 TBSP hemp seeds or plant protein powder
Peel and slice the beet so it's easier to blend. Blend all ingredients together until very smooth. Enjoy!