Most people either love or hate beets—there’s usually no in between. After several attempts at making a delicious beet smoothie, we have a recipe that even my kids will drink! A tall glass of this vibrant and refreshing cherry beet smoothie is the perfect summer treat.
From post-exercise recovery to liver detox to fighting free-radicals, this beet smoothie delivers major health benefits. And with a silky smooth texture and sweet, fruity flavor, it’s love at first sip. Let’s look at what makes this cherry beet smoothie so good for your health.
Health Benefits of 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.
How to prepare beets for a smoothie
Beet prep is easy! Simply peel the beet the same way you would an apple—use a vegetable peeler to shave off the top layer. Cut the beet into small chunks so it easily blends up. If you don’t have a high powered blender, you can use cooked beets in this smoothie. Steam the beets for about 15 minutes, or until tender. Let the cooked beets cool before using in this beet smoothie recipe.
To make it even easier, you can buy beets that have already been peeled and steamed in the refrigerated produce section at most grocery stores and even at Costco.
Can you add beet greens to a smoothie?
Yes! Just like any other green, beet greens are full of nutrition and are a great addition to smoothies. Detach the leaves from the stems and blend the beet greens along with the other ingredients in this smoothie. Beet greens are a great source of calcium, iron, and vitamins A, C, and K.
Boost your immune system, strengthen your bones and cleanse your kidney and liver with beet greens. If you have a bunch of beets with the greens attached and you’re only using the beets, freeze the beet greens for later use.
Benefits of a liver detox smoothie
Your liver is a workhorse organ capable of breaking down harmful substances. Give your liver the royal detox treatment with a healthy dose of beets. Beets contain betalains, an antioxidant associated with liver detox.
Cherries, another rawkstar liver cleansing ingredient in this beet smoothie, are packed with anti-inflammatory anthocyanins. The anthocyanins in cherries may protect against fatty liver disease. We also love that cherries help with post-exercise muscle soreness and sleep.
Sip on this vibrant antioxidant-packed cherry beet smoothie for a sweet summer treat!
You Can’t Beat Beet Smoothies!
Want more of that bright red goodness, you can only get from beets? Here are a few of the absolute best-ever beet smoothies we’ve picked as our favorites:
- Whole30 Smoothie: Carrot Beet Berry
- Citrus Beet Cleanser Beet Smoothie
- Red Velvet Green Smoothie
- Energy Packed Pre-Workout Green Smoothie