Green Smoothie Recipe with Beets
Try Something Different!
Why drink a Green Smoothie Recipe with Beets…. other than the fact that I love beets! One, because they are sweet, and sweet is good, so sayeth my 32 sweet teeth. Two, because they taste like dirt. I don’t know why I like that taste of dirt from beets, but maybe I’ve suffered a bit of a mineral deficiency ever since I stopped sampling my mud pies.
No matter, beets, with all their minerals and other natural goodies, make up for those long ago days creating culinary delights from mire. As an aficionado of raw green smoothies, it was inevitable that beets would find pride of place in my list of kooky concoctions. I don’t just use the glorious red root of the beet. I tried the greens cooked like spinach and found them utterly delicious. So, why not use the raw greens as the green part of a green smoothie? I thought to myself as they chased the root into my blender. It took a little trial and error to find the right combinations of beet roots, beet greens fruit and liquid, but I came up with a good recipe you may want to try, too.
Beet roots, by the way, contain nitrates, betaine, vitamin C, potassium, manganese and vitamin B folate, among other healthful nutrients. The greens, like spinach, consist of a long roster of vitamins and minerals, as well. Actually, the greens pack more punch than the roots. However, no matter how you take your beets, you’re going to enjoy a strong dose of healthy phytonutrients. In fact, the nitrates in the root convert to nitric oxide which proves to relax and dilate blood vessels which, in turn, lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow. As we age, we can appreciate a natural and tasty blood pressure medicine.
I highly recommend acquiring a good juicing blender if you don’t have one already. Cheap box store blenders can’t seem to provide the truly creamy consistency of a good raw vegetable green smoothie. Plus, whimpy motors burn out fast.
This green smoothie recipe with beets whips into a single serving.
- 1 beet with greens, thoroughly washed.
- 1 small banana
- 1 half or 1 whole ripe peach
- 8 ounces of carrot juice
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Peel the beet and chop it into small pieces along with the greens. If you like, you could cook the beet first, but you’ll lose out on some of the vitamins that way. If you do cook them, though, use the beet juice in your green smoothie to keep as much of the benefits of the vegetable as possible.
- Blend the raw beet parts first with a small amount of the carrot juice until it’s very smooth.
- Add the rest of the ingredients. Have more liquid on hand if you like a thinner smoothie. Almond milk also works well.
- Blend until smooth and enjoy!