I love beets. Not only for their incredible health benefits, but of course, their striking color as well. I regularly add beets to salads, dips, and smoothies for an antioxidant, essential vitamin and mineral boost. Beets make for such a great base, and alternative to kale or spinach in smoothies.
This vibrant berry beet smoothie is made with strawberries, blackberries, banana, almond milk, baobab powder, a medjool date for some sweetness, and beets. It's rich, yummy and so good for you. You can opt to add less beets if you're not keen on the taste, but in this recipe, it tastes balanced and mild thanks to the date and banana. If you don't have all the fruits the recipe calls for, don't sweat - add what you have. Thats the great thing with smoothies - everything works! I often add pomegranate and raspberries.
Baobab powder is so good in smoothies as its dense in vitamin C, vitamin B6, niacin, iron and potassium. It doesn't add any taste to the smoothie, and it is entirely optional. For a further boost, I top the smoothie with nutritious hemp seeds that are easy to suck up with a straw.
Let's talk about beets. In this recipe, I have used precooked, packaged beets. They are readily available at all supermarkets, so convenient, (almost) mess free, and are just as nutritious as fresh beets. If you want to use fresh, I recommend steaming them as it aids with digestion.
This berry beet smoothie makes for a gorgeous afternoon pick me up, or can be part of a healthy breakfast. I personally love making this around four o clock when the hunger starts to kick in after lunch. Let me know how you like it!
Berry Beet Smoothie
Prep Time: 1 min Total Time: 3 mins Yield: 2 servings
1/3 cup cooked beetroot
2/3 cup frozen strawberries
2/3 cup frozen blackberries
1 small banana
1 1/4 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon baobab powder
1 medjool date
hemp seeds to top (optional)
Put all ingredients into a blender and set on high for two minutes.
Serve in a glass and top with hemp seeds for added healthy fats and essential fatty acids.
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