Beets are a great addition to any smoothie, but they are one of nature’s most fickle vegetables. If you are thinking about including beats into your diet, you may be wondering how to prepare beets for smoothies. The good news is that preparing beets is not that difficult.
In fact, there are many different ways to prepare beets for smoothies. In today’s lesson, I will go over the health benefits of beets and what they can do to improve your well-being, then I will introduce you to my favorite recipe for a beet smoothie and give you a few different options on how to effectively prepare them for the blender.
Do Beets Taste Good in a Smoothie?
Many people are inherently afraid of beets because they think beets taste bad. However, this is the same baseless stigma that has been attached to spinach and broccoli for the last 50 years.
The truth is that beets are closely related to potatoes and carrots – they all grow in the ground, after all – and so beats have a natural sweetness. This makes them great for dessert smoothies and breakfast smoothies.
Beets may look like red zombie vegetables pulled out of the ground, and of course, you are not going to eat them raw unless you are a psychopath. But if you prepare beets properly and add the right ingredients, they can be a delicious base to any recipe.
Keep in mind that while many people appreciate the strong flavor of beets, when you drink the smoothie the taste will not be as pronounced. This is thanks to the other ingredients, which I find bring out the best in the beets rather than leaving you with a big red cup of potent vegetable blood.
Health Benefits of the Beet Smoothie
The beet smoothie comes with tons of benefits to your health, and a lot of them are thanks to the beets. Beets have almost no calories, they provide heaps of nutrients like potassium and vitamin C, and it has been claimed that beets help to lower blood pressure.
Aside from that, beets are ultra-high in antioxidants, which means they are great for detoxing. In fact, the beet smoothie is one of the best detox smoothies you can make at home. Because beets are also high in fiber, the smoothie is ideal for weight loss. This is a great detox/weight loss combination.
Because of the other ingredients inside the smoothie, you can basically forego breakfast and only drink this smoothie in the morning. It is a full meal with way more nutrients than you would ever get from a drive-thru breakfast sandwich. And it can help you lose weight!
The Blueberry Beet Smoothie
You already know now how amazing beets are for your body, but this smoothie has so much more. By blending beets with blueberries and pineapple, you are getting a triple boost of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, digestive support, and vitamins.
With the addition of the Greek yogurt, you add a whole extra layer of protein and filling creaminess to the smoothie. Everything you are about to put in your blender is going to make you feel like a real live human again. Plus, these ingredients all work together for maximum deliciousness.
It should be noted that honey is optional. As I said before, many people love the taste of beets, but some don’t. The honey will act as a sweetener to slightly mask the very strong taste of the beets. You can add it or not, it is totally up to you.
How to Prepare the Beets
There are a few different ways you can prepare the beets for your smoothie. This particular recipe was developed for raw beets, so you don’t have to cook them first. Depending on the power of your blender, you should be OK just cutting the beets into diced slices.
However, if your blender is not that powerful, I recommend dicing the beets into thin chunks and then adding a portion of them every 10 seconds or so.
An alternative method that promises an easy time in the blender is steaming or lightly boiling the big chunks of beet until they are soft and tender. This guarantees your blender will make quick work of them.
If you want a frosty smoothie without any ice, chill the beet pieces in the refrigerator an hour or two prior to making the smoothie. You can leave large amounts of steamed beet in the refrigerator for several days.
I do not recommend using canned beets, as the flavor is not ideal. However, you can use canned beets and they really don’t need much preparation.
- ½ Cup of Almond Milk or Regular Milk
- 1 Cup of Frozen Blueberries or Mixed Berries
- 1 Beet
- ¼ Cup of Frozen Pineapple
- ¼ Cup of Preferred Plain Greek Yogurt
- 5 Teaspoons of honey
- 2 Tablespoons of Oatmeal
- 2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds (for Garnish)
Blend all ingredients inside your kitchen blender. It should take roughly 60 seconds for everything to puree nicely. Once you have your smoothie in a cup, garnish with the chia seeds. The chia seeds are a nice addition of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and fiber.
The finished product will be a delectable red liquid smoothie that you can drink right away. Use the blueberry beet smoothie as a “get up and go” drink on your way to work. You can even make an extra-large batch and refrigerate for later. You can never have too many healthy drinks in the fridge!
If the taste is too strong, meaning you taste more beet than anything else and don’t like it, try using fewer beet chunks and more berries. Also, if you don’t like blueberries, you can use raspberries or blackberries. The berries are key to getting a huge blast of antioxidants. Blueberries are also good for your eyes, which is why I always suggest blueberries over the others.