Red Velvet Green Smoothie

Don’t let the gorgeous color fool you – this Red Velvet Green Smoothie does indeed contain spinach too!

Red Velvet Green Smoothie | SimpleGreenSmoothies.com

Let’s give a round of applause for cacao—the superfood hero of this green (yes, we know it looks red) smoothie! Where does it get that lovely red color, you ask? Why a little bit of beet! (Don’t worry, you can’t even taste it.)

Make this to share with someone you love! Red Velvet Green Smoothie | SimpleGreenSmoothies.com

Cacao (unsweetened raw cocoa powder) is the perfect ingredient to add to green smoothies when chocolate-y cravings hit, but we love it for more than just its taste. Cacao is high in phenols, which means this smooth + rich superfood helps to prevent clogging of arteries in your body. Bottom line? Cacao keeps your heart beating strong for the long haul!

Read our list of the best heart-healthy foods out there that we love to add to our green smoothies.

We think you’ll fall in love with this gorgeous, healthy, Red Velvet Green Smoothie –  perfect for sharing with someone you love!

Red Velvet Green Smoothie

Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Give your heart a healthy boost with cacao (unsweetened cocoa) in this green smoothie recipe. Serve it in a fancy glass with two straws so you and your loved one can enjoy it together!
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 cups coconut milk unsweetened
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 4 dates pitted
  • ¼ cup raw or cooked beets diced
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract optional
  • Coconut whipped cream on top optional

Instructions

  1. Blend spinach and coconut milk until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Top with a dollop of coconut whipped cream, if desired. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Use frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.

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89 Responses to “Red Velvet Green Smoothie”

  1. Green Press 12.20.2016 at 1:19 am #

    Wow! Love the color of this smoothie. Definitely going to give this one a try. Perfect for a romantic night!

    • SGS Rawkstar 12.20.2016 at 7:09 am #

      YES! The beets add a major nutrient boost + amazing color!

  2. Rachel Burner 8.15.2016 at 5:15 pm #

    Hi! So on a whim home from school we stopped by the farmers market and got the ingredients for this smoothie. It’s delicious! My girls loved it. We went with raw beets (we have a Vitamix so it could handle it with frozen fruit) and used unsweetened vanilla almond milk. So just in case anybody is wondering, it’s yummy with almond milk as a substitute!

  3. Liz Swann {RedSmoothie} 7.12.2016 at 12:17 pm #

    This is very refreshing and delicious! Easy to make and extremely smooth!

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.13.2016 at 11:13 am #

      Hi Liz!

      Thanks so much for reaching out + for your kind words! We’re so happy to hear you enjoyed it!

      Cheers :).

  4. Lisa 3.25.2016 at 8:41 am #

    Hello –
    I’m pre-diabetic and tightly control my sugar intake through diet. How many grams of sugar does 1 serving of this smoothie have? Whenever I have looked at coconut water in the stores, its seems to have a high sugar gram count. I imagine coconut milk is even higher. Any suggested substitutes?

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.25.2016 at 11:59 am #

      Hi Lisa,

      We love switching up our recipes + it’s definitely important to adjust our recipes to meet your diet needs. Some great alternatives to coconut milk are almond + hemp milk. Learn more about our favorite liquid base options here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/liquid-base

  5. Mary Ann 2.12.2016 at 5:37 am #

    Where can you buy cacao powder?

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.12.2016 at 8:03 am #

      Hi Mary Ann,

      You can often find cacao powder at your local health food store or at grocery stores like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. Unsweetened cocoa powder is the perfect substitute, and can easily be found in your baking aisle!

      Cheers 🙂

      • Tc 3.25.2016 at 11:20 am #

        Cacao powder is also sold at Costco and smart & final

      • SGS Rawkstar 3.25.2016 at 12:00 pm #

        Thanks for sharing TC! We love stores like Costco + Sam’s Club!

  6. Kelli 2.11.2016 at 8:41 pm #

    Hello,
    Do you use cooked or raw beets?
    Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.12.2016 at 8:02 am #

      Hi Kelli,

      We actually leave that up to you! Both will create a delicious decadent “guilt-free” green smoothie! Learn more about blending with beets here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/beets

  7. Larissa 2.11.2016 at 12:04 pm #

    Are you using canned coconut milk, or the thinner coconut milk they sell in a carton?

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.11.2016 at 12:20 pm #

      Hi Larissa,

      Great question! There are several types of coconut milk available. It can be hard to know which to choose! Coconut cream is the thickest and richest. It has the least amount of water. Then there is full-fat or regular coconut milk. It still has plenty of rich, creamy taste, but has a higher liquid ratio. Light coconut milk has the mildest flavor, highest water content, and least amount of calories compared with the other varieties. Think of these as you would heavy cream, whole milk, and low-fat milk.

      You’ll find coconut milk packaged in several ways – cans, cartons (shelf-stable and refrigerated), or frozen.

  8. Jennifer 2.11.2016 at 11:50 am #

    Can I use coconut water instead of coconut milk?

  9. Melissa 2.11.2016 at 10:51 am #

    Hi there,

    I also dislike beets, but how strong do they taste in the smoothie? I could probably tolerate a taste that is subtle.

    Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.11.2016 at 12:03 pm #

      Hi Melissa,

      Great question! All of the other yummy ingredients help cover the flavor of beets in this delicious “guilt-free” treat! We love the beets in this recipe for their major health benefits and the deep red color they add to our Red Velvet Green Smoothie!

      Cheers 🙂

  10. Kalynn Batkoski 2.11.2016 at 9:13 am #

    Will canned beets throw off the flavor?

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.11.2016 at 12:02 pm #

      Hi Kalynn,

      I personally haven’t tried canned beets, but they’re worth a try! Just check your label and make sure there’s no additives.

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