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Healthy Heart-Beet Superfood Smoothie (Vegan)

I think I’m finally coming to terms with the fact that I will never own an unstained piece of clothing again.


Almost everything in my wardrobe has either been; stained for ages with each new stain being added like a battle scar, stained in one spot that is just impossible to miss and looks like a hobo, or is destined to be stained in a matter of minutes as soon as it enters the kitchen.

 

I’m really not that messy most of the time but if you only knew how much time I spend in the kitchen you would understand that the odds of keeping my clothes clean are not in my favor. It’s okay. Like I said, I think I’m finally learning to accept this fact. I just have to consider the spot of tomato sauce on my sleeve and the stripe of green whatever-it-is on the front of my shirt as symbols of my time spent putting love into food. It adds character or something, right? right….? Although, streaks of chocolate on your pants can be both unconvincing and embarrassing to explain if you know what I mean. Yeah.

You know what makes some of the worst stains; beets. They are incredible for health purposes, they add a ton of gorgeous natural color to whatever you put them in, and they are naturally very sweet. Yep, beets get along very well with your body. It’s the clothes that don’t agree with all of the wonderful attributes of the beet.

I’m doing an awesome job introducing this smoothie and trying to convince you to make it aren’t I? Just wear an apron or maybe an old T-shirt. A tie-dye T-shirt.

Okay, but in all seriousness, you really should try this smoothie. It’s packed with nutrition and the kids loved it. The beets give it the prettiest color and they thought it was full of berries and had no idea how many healthy things were in it.

This is perfect for your healthy New Year’s resolution or detox plans, and it’s dairy-free, nut free, gluten free, and vegan. It would also be a fun and healthy breakfast for Valentine’s day!

Healthy Heart-Beet Superfood Smoothie (Vegan)

Boost your energy and immune system with this power packed smoothie that you won't even realize is so healthy.

Prep Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup beets peeled and cooked (about 1 medium)
  • 1 small avocado
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1 cup 100% orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • maple syrup or agave nectar to taste

Optional:

  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup more liquid water or juice for a thinner consistency
  • 1 tablespoon chia or flax seeds

Instructions

  1. Put beets, avocado, banana, berries, and orange juice into blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add vanilla and honey or agave to taste. Blend in any other desired add-ins and serve.

12 Comments

  • David @ Spiced

    Hahaha…I’m loving the beet commentary here, Tori! Beets are the worst at staining your hands. It looks like you just murdered someone! “I swear, officer, I was just making this beet smoothie from Tori’s blog. Here, I’ll show you her site!” 🙂

  • Ashley

    haha oh gosh, beets do stain like crazyyyy! And I’m with you – I cannot keep my clothes clean when cooking – I always wind up with stains!

    I do love beets though – this smoothie sounds awesome!

  • Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    I know exactly what you mean about beet stains! Today, I went to a sophomore parent night at my daughter’s high school and when I reached in my pocket to hand over a card to another parent – guess what I found – yup – beet stains!
    David @ Spiced told me about your blog and I had to come by and say hello- I <3 beets in a big way – and love all the goodness in this smoothie – and that color is absolutely gorgeous!!

  • Monique jackson

    I’m new to using beets so this might be a no-brainer question but how do you cook the beets? Do you boil? And in terms of the chia seeds, I love them but wondering if they pose any allergen risk for a 3 year old? I’ve never given my kids chia seeds but def want to! I can’t wait to try this with the fam bam and for that matter try all of them! My daughter and son have recently developed an intolerance to dairy so I’m looking for smoothies like this that don’t call for yogurt or milk…we often use coconut and almond milk. Also, the coconut oil do you melt before you put it in the smoothie or do you just put in solid form? Thanks so much! !!

    • Tori

      Thanks for your questions, Monique. Beets can be cooked a number of different ways but I usually do boil them. Just wash them well, cover them with about an inch of water in a pot, and boil until tender. As for the chia seeds and allergies I’m not really sure about the risks, sorry. For the cocnut oil, there is no need to melt it first as it will get blended with the other ingredients. I hopt that helps!

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