Have you ever thought about using beets in your green smoothie recipes before? Judging from the look on your face, I’m going to guess no. However, I’m not talking about using the beet greens. I’m talking about using the hard part of the root.
How to Use Beets In Your Green Smoothies
In their raw form, beets actually have an earthy flavor that will blend well with a number of different fruits. Some of my personal favorite fruits to use with beets are bananas, pineapples, and oranges. To keep your whole smoothie from tasting like beets, you will want ensure that you choose sweet fruits that will mask its taste. Citrus fruits are an excellent choice.
Before you add beets to your blender, you will need to cut them into small pieces. Beet roots are notoriously hard, and you don’t want to take any chances of damaging your blender, even if it is a high quality one.
Additionally, you are going to want to be extra careful to avoid using bitter tasting leafy green vegetables in your smoothie, like dandelion or kale. Instead, choose a milder tasting leafy green vegetable, like Romaine lettuce, that won’t overwhelm the taste of the other ingredients in your smoothie.
The Health Benefits of Beets
When you use beets in your green smoothie recipes, you are going to be providing your body with a great source of folate. In fact, one beet root can contain 22% of your body’s RDA of folate. This makes beets an excellent addition to green smoothie recipes for pregnant women. Beets are also an excellent source of copper, iron, and magnesium. Also, did you know that one small beet contains 1 gram of protein?
Green Smoothie Recipes With Beets
To make this recipe, you’ll need to gather the following ingredients:
- 1 small beet root, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 small orange, peeled and deseeded
- 8 ounces almond milk
Add all of these ingredients to your blender one at a time and blend them together until they are smooth. One cup of these green smoothie recipes only contains 220 calories and contains 100% of your RDA of calcium!