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Drink Up! 9 Luscious Beet Smoothies to Boost Energy and Fight Inflammation

When it comes to vegetables, few are as polarizing as beetroot, otherwise known as the beet. In fact, surveys show that the root vegetable frequently places near the top of lists of most hated vegetables. Yet, although beet haters compare their flavor to dirt—while beet lovers prefer the term "earthy"—there's no denying that beets are one of the healthiest veggies you can eat. But if you're not a beet fan, knowing how good they are for you is probably little consolation. And that's where our nine luscious beet smoothies come in. With the perfect combination of nutrition and taste, these healthy smoothies are so good, even a committed beet hater can't help but find something to love.

Beets: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits

So what's with all the hoopla about beets? Just take a look at some of what you'll find in as little as a cup of beets:

  • 15% of the RDA of fiber
  • 11% of the RDA of vitamin C
  • 37% of the RDA of folate
  • 13% of the RDA of potassium
  • 22% of the RDA of manganese

And that just covers the fiber, vitamin, and mineral side of things.

Equally as important are the many beneficial phytonutrients beets are known for, including a class of plant chemicals known as betalains, which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties.

But beets are probably best known for their naturally occurring nitrates, which the body uses to create the vasodilator nitric oxide.

Nitric oxide plays an important part in maintaining healthy blood pressure, as it relaxes blood vessels and allows blood, oxygen, and nutrients to flow more freely. Its role as a vasodilator also means that nitric oxide is great for boosting energy and endurance.

The Many Benefits of the Fabulous Beet

9 Beet Smoothies for Energy and Inflammation

If you're ready to up your fiber intake, improve your nitric oxide levels, and soak up all the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits beets have to offer, the following nine raw beet smoothie recipes are the perfect way to get more of this powerful veggie in your life without that intense earthy flavor so many could do without.

1. Beet Carrot Juice

What do you get when you combine fresh beets with the hydrating power of cucumber and the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory prowess of carrots, apples, and ginger? Our deliciously healthy beet carrot juice, that's what!

Beet Carrot Juice

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 beets
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 piece fresh ginger
  • 1/2 English cucumber

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix, Blendtec, or other high-speed blender of choice and puree until smooth.

2. Beet Heart Disease with This Luscious Red Shake

With protein, fiber, and antioxidants galore, our beet heart disease smoothie is as pretty to look at as it is delicious. But this is one sinful treat that's actually good for you!

Beet Heart Disease with This Luscious Red Shake

INGREDIENTS

For garnish:

  • Dollop coconut cream
  • Dehydrated strawberries
  • Chamomile flowers

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix, Blendtec, or other high-speed blender of choice and puree until smooth.


3. Beet Juice Ice Cubes

Quick—when was the last time you thought about making ice cubes out of beet juice? Probably never, right? But once you see how easy it is to make these colorful, healthy beet juice ice cubes, you'll be asking yourself why you've never thought of it before!

Beet Juice Ice Cubes

INGREDIENTS

For red ice cubes:

  • 2 red beets
  • 1-inch piece ginger
  • 1 apple

For yellow ice cubes:

  • 2 yellow beets
  • 1-inch piece ginger
  • 3 pieces celery

     INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Juice all ingredients for red ice cubes and pour into half of an ice cube tray. 
    2. Repeat the same process with all ingredients for yellow ice cubes and pour into other half of ice cube tray. 
    3. Freeze cubes for at least 6 hours. 
    4. Enjoy with a tall glass of sparkling water.


    4. Beetylicious Smoothie

    If you're in the mood for a festival of flavor, you can't go wrong with our beetylicious smoothie. Not only is it the perfect combination of tart and sweet, but with enzymes, vitamin C, and phytonutrients to spare, it may also be one the healthiest smoothies you've ever put in your mouth!

    Beetylicious Smoothie

    INGREDIENTS

     INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix, Blendtec, or other high-speed blender of choice and puree until smooth.

     

    5. Super Energizing Berries and Beet Smoothie

    The next time you really want to impress your friends, why not fix them our decadent super energizing berries and beet smoothie? With two layers of rich creamy deliciousness, this healthy smoothie recipe looks like a work of art—and no one will believe just how easy it was to make!

    Super Energizing Berries and Beet Smoothie

    INGREDIENTS

    For layer one:

    For layer two:

    • 1 frozen banana
    • 1 cup frozen pineapple
    • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
    • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
    • 1/2 cup coconut milk

     INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Place all ingredients of layer one in a Vitamix, Blendtec, or other high-speed blender and puree until smooth.
    2. Pour into a glass. 
    3. Place all ingredients of layer two in a Vitamix, Blendtec, or other high-speed blender of choice and puree until smooth.
    4. Pour on top of layer one and swirl together.


    6. Beet Dragon Smoothie

    In case you haven't yet tried dragon fruit, now's your chance. With tons of protein, fiber, and, yes, antioxidants, our beet dragon smoothie is the perfect way to get all the health benefits of beets while enjoying the exotic tanginess of dragon fruit.

    Beet Dragon Smoothie

    INGREDIENTS

     INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix, Blendtec, or other high-speed blender of choice and puree until smooth.

     

    7. Beet and Banana Smoothie Bowl

    What list of smoothie recipes is complete without a smoothie bowl recipe? And this offering from Leah's Plate, with its rich mix of fiber, carbs, and protein, is the perfect healthy recipe for anyone looking for a quick pick-me-up or energy-packed way to start the day.

    Beet and Banana Smoothie Bowl

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1 large beet
    • 1 frozen banana
    • 1/2 cup almond milk
    • 1 tablespoon almond or cashew butter
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder (optional)
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

    For garnish:

    • Granola
    • Coconut flakes
    • Almond butter

     INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix, Blendtec, or other high-speed blender and puree until smooth.
    2. Garnish with coconut flakes, granola, and a drizzle of almond butter.


    8. Beet Avocado Smoothie

    Ready for a superfood extravaganza? Then this recipe from We Are Not Martha is ready for you. With the healthy fats, protein, fiber, and antioxidants, this healthy smoothie makes a great snack or meal replacement.

    Beet Avocado Smoothie

    INGREDIENTS

     INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix, Blendtec, or other high-speed blender of choice and puree until smooth.

     

    9. Red Beet Smoothie

    This red beet smoothie recipe from Spinach Tiger is absolutely loaded with healthy fats and veggies. And the addition of berries, pineapple, apple, and orange means this is one healthy smoothie even your kids will love to drink!

    Red Beet Smoothie

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1 small apple
    • 1 red beet
    • 1 handful berries, frozen
    • 1 handful kale, beet greens, or spinach
    • 1/4 cup pineapple, frozen (optional)
    • 1/2 naval orange
    • 1/2 to 3/4 cup ice cubes
    • 1 tablespoon flaxseeds (optional)

     INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix, Blendtec, or other high-speed blender of choice and puree until smooth.


    If you've never considered yourself a huge fan of beets, we hope the great taste of these nine delicious beet smoothies helps change your mind about this underappreciated root veggie. And if you're already an avowed beet lover, then these luscious beet smoothie recipes should give you even more reason to love the super healthy, always fabulous beet! 

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