Hooray for Beets!

Oh Sweet Beets



I  love beets!!! I make them a lot at home, especially when I see them at my farmers market for cheap. Most people either love ‘em or hate ‘em. There’s usually no in between. But, we are here to tell you, after several attempts at making a delicious beet-inspired Simple Green Smoothie, we have finally found one good enough to call our own.

For those of you who are fans of beets, never had one or just maybe feel like adding a raw beet to your green smoothie sounds weird, this article is for you.

Why We Love Beets

Beets are amazingly high in folate. So many mamas out there trying to get pregnant or already have a baby on the way – Yay! – get your beet on! A cup of beets contain nearly half of your folate needs which help protect baby against birth defects.

Want to keep things moving? Reach for  a beet! Beets are full of fiber which keep you full longer and also keep things moving on a regular basis.

Beets also contain high amounts of naturally occurring nitrates which might help increase exercise performance.

Waste not, want not! The entire beet plant is edible – leafy greens and all.

Loaded with antioxidants like Vitamin C, beets can help increase your immune system and lower your risk of cancer and other chronic illnesses.

 

Tips for enjoying a green smoothie with beets:

Roasting them before you add them to your blender. You can find out all about roasting different root vegetables here.

 

BAKED
Preheat oven to 400 degrees – Scrub each beet with a veggie brush, be sure to trim off the leafy greens and reserve for another time. Slice unpeeled beets into quarters, place on a baking sheet and roast for about 30 minutes or until cooked through. Once cooled, you can toss a few into your smoothies and enjoy all the sweet goodness beets have to offer.

 

STEAMED
In a steamer basket with a couple inches of water in pan, add scrubbed beet that has been cut in quarters (greens trimmed off) steam for about 15 minutes until just cooked through or a knife easily comes out. You now have amazing little beets with a super sweet taste that knocks an incredible punch to your green smoothies all week. The steaming brings down the “whoa” factor and mellows it to perfection. You can now add ½-½ cup of roasted beets to any of our favorite green smoothies.

 

And here’s a brand spankin’ new recipe created just for you…

 

Oh Sweet Beet

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26 Responses to “Hooray for Beets!”

  1. Yolette 11.18.2014 at 12:18 pm #

    I just bought a 10lbs bag of beets! Can I boil them and cut-freeze them for smoothies ? Would nutrition be less if boiled?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.18.2014 at 6:51 pm #

      Hey Yolette.

      I personally prefer steaming my beets best. Do whatever works best for you. :)

      STEAMED
      In a steamer basket with a couple inches of water in pan, add scrubbed beet that has been cut in quarters (greens trimmed off) steam for about 15 minutes until just cooked through or a knife easily comes out. You now have amazing little beets with a super sweet taste that knocks an incredible punch to your green smoothies all week. The steaming brings down the “whoa” factor and mellows it to perfection. You can now add ½-½ cup of roasted beets to any of our favorite green smoothies.

  2. BonnieB 11.16.2014 at 11:24 am #

    I often put approx 1/3 raw beet into green smoothie, can’t really taste it; makes smoothie look chocolate (<%. Chops totally with my Nutribullet. I lOve cooked beets w/apple cider vinegar. My smoothie base is usually apple, pear, spinach & kale/swiss chard. I will now try beet greens.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.17.2014 at 10:23 am #

      Cheers, BonnieB! :)

  3. jac 8.4.2014 at 5:16 am #

    Can this be taken raw? What’s a good way to peel the skin without staining my self ?
    Eating thr whole fruit including the skin?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.4.2014 at 6:59 am #

      Hey Jac. We like roasting them: http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/root-veggies

    • BonnieB 11.16.2014 at 11:40 am #

      I only cut skin off the section I’m using; means short exposure to stain. Keep remaining beet in crisper. I wash/rub fingertips immediately with dish soap – no stain, even on wood cutting board that I only wipe with water. Beet skin doesn’t blend so well. I splurged on a motion activated dishsoap dispenser, previously had a pump dispenser on the counter. Awesome is good word for this splurge (8.

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.17.2014 at 10:24 am #

        Thanks for the comment, BonnieB. :)

  4. Alison 7.31.2014 at 7:57 pm #

    if you roast or steam the beets are you then able to freeze them for use at a later date?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.1.2014 at 5:19 am #

      Hey Alison,

      I am sure that would be fine, just make sure you let them get to room temperature before you freeze them.

      Fresh – cooked – use, would be best.
      or
      Fresh – cooked – freeze – use, would work too. :)

  5. mary jo walters 7.28.2014 at 5:44 pm #

    My husband and I are so thankful for this site! We have almost made it to are 30 days ! But no way that we can stop now we love these green smoothies ! I added raw chopped beets ( I don’t like beets but had to give it a try) it was pretty good, my husband liked it too and he doesn’t eat beets either ! There are so many veggies and fruits out there that I have never tried ! What an eye opening experience ! Thanks so very so much !!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.29.2014 at 7:14 am #

      Thank you so much Mary Jo! Thank you for your feedback and I am so glad that you have had a positive experience with Simple Green Smoothies. :) Keep blending those leafy greens! :)

  6. Emily H 7.27.2014 at 6:01 am #

    What about using the beet greens in place of spinach/chard? (In any recipe…..?)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.28.2014 at 6:14 am #

      Hey Emily! We haven’t tried that before, but go for it! Let us know how it goes.

  7. Deanna Ford 7.25.2014 at 5:32 pm #

    OMG! Why did it never occur to me to sub avocados for bananas!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.26.2014 at 1:48 pm #

      Hey Deanna! Did you try it yet? Hope you enjoyed it! :)

  8. sayshe2014 5.30.2014 at 11:53 am #

    yes! beets for tomorrow breakfast! i bought shredded beetroots last weekend, time to use them before they get spoiled so this is perfect! will be adding some raw soaked almonds instead of the nut butter and almond milk since i dont have those. It should work right?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 5.30.2014 at 2:22 pm #

      Yep!

  9. Sarah 5.8.2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Is there anything that can replace the bananas? I am not a fan of the fruit, but this sounds like a great recipe1 =]

  10. Magdalena 4.18.2014 at 4:05 am #

    **took a risk (sorry)

  11. Magdalena 4.18.2014 at 4:03 am #

    I wasn´t sure about the beets but i take the risk and add them raw…I have to say this smoothie is definitely one of my top 5! SOoooo yummy! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Regards from Uruguay!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.18.2014 at 9:03 am #

      So glad you loved it, Magdalena! Love that you’re experimenting and going outside of your comfort zone.

  12. Steph 4.13.2014 at 10:41 pm #

    This was so yummy. Roasting brings out the sweetness in the beets

  13. shannon farmer 12.6.2013 at 7:06 am #

    I’m just beginning to enjoy smoothies and was wondering can you add beets raw ? What’s the benefit of cooked vs. Raw beets ? Sorry if this is a dumb question !

    • Jadah and Jen 12.6.2013 at 12:48 pm #

      You sure can! The reason we suggest roasting is because most people have a hard time with the taste of raw beets :-)

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