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Citrus Beet Cleanser Green Smoothie

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Beets and beet greens are powerful detoxifiers. They team up with orange and lemon in this Citrus Beet Cleanser to help the liver flush out toxins. Beets get a bit of a bad rap because everyone assumes a few things – 1) they taste like dirt, 2) they stain like crazy, and 3) they’re loaded up with sugar.

To alleviate problem 1, simply peel the beets first. The peel is responsible for the dirt flavor; get rid of that and you’ll be left with a pleasant earthy flavor, not one reminds you of the mud pies you made as a kid.

The second problem, staining, is true more for cooked beets. Peeling beets is easier  after cooking, but the beets won’t stain your hands and/or clothing as much if peeled when raw.

The last problem, sugar, is half true. Beets do contain natural sugars, but they are no more sugary than carrots and other sweet root veggies. If you have issues with blood sugar be sure to talk to your health care practitioner. Most people are fine consuming beets in moderation. Beets are a good source dietary fiber which can help prevent large spikes in blood sugar.

Another tip when working with beets: store the greens separately from the root. The leaves are excellent in smoothies or stir-fried. Pretty much anywhere you’d use spinach or kale, you can use beet green. They need to be kept in the vegetable drawer loosely covered in a plastic beg to help keep moisture in. The leaves will be best within the first few days of purchase or picking. The roots will last for months and months stored in a separate produce bin in your fridge.

We love this combo of beets and citrus and we think you’ll love it too!

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Citrus Beet Cleanser Green Smoothie

Citrus Beet Cleanser Green Smoothie

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Drinks


Detoxify with beets and beet greens as they team up citrus to help the liver to flush out the toxins. This sweet smoothie serves up mega nutrients and dietary fiber. If you’re feeling like kicking things up a notch, try adding a little fresh ginger or mint to this smoothie.



  • 2 cups beet greens or chard
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 oranges (peeled)
  • 1 small raw beet (peeled and diced)
  • Juice of ½ lemon


  1. Blend beet greens, water, and oranges until smooth.
  2. Add beet, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!


Note: spinach or kale can be substituted for the beet greens, if needed. Serve over ice to make this smoothie cold.

Ready for more ultra-healthy smoothies that help the body with detoxification? Check out these recipes:
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  1. Suad

    February 4th, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Hey! This one was my first homemade cleansing juice! Actually I took some time in making it however the result was great except that I’ve added some honey and ice into it, is that fine??
    Oh and I boiled the beets as I don’t have the professional blender yet as I used my old one, and I was afraid from the beets’ hardness on it…
    I hope I don’t stop blending these smoothies!
    Thanx a lot

  2. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 5th, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Welcome Suad! Thanks for blendin’ with us! Great ideas on boiling the beets for your blender. You can always chop them before blending if you think that would help you blender out. 🙂

  3. Renee

    February 25th, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Made this for morning snack and I love it. But then I love beets…in smoothies, roasted, steamed, and fresh out of the garden ate like a apple. Of course washed off. 😉

  4. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 25th, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    🙂 Glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Caryl

    March 2nd, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Tried this recipe this morning and it is pretty good. I like the tartness of it. One question though, can the lemon juice be substituted with lime juice?

  6. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 2nd, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Totally! 🙂

  7. tonisha

    March 11th, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Just found your site today and this is the first green smoothie i tried – loved it! I had to substitute spinach for the beet greens because i couldn’t find the whole beet with stem at my local. The texture was great and it was quite refreshing – I had it along with a small dinner but now I realise how filling they are, i will have to eat less or just have this as dinner in the week. Already looking for the next one to try!

  8. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 12th, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Hey Tonisha!

    Thanks for joining us! Here is a community favorite: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/Recipes/beginners-luck

  9. SGS Rawkstar

    March 23rd, 2015 at 6:04 pm


    We’re so happy you found us and enjoyed your first green smoothie! Celery is a great addition to smoothies! Please let us know if you have any questions along the way! Cheers 🙂

  10. Sara

    April 13th, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    HOLY COW I am drinking this as we speak!!! put everything in raw, including the beet stems… how gorgeous is this!!?? I spent the whole evening chopping up fruit and veg and prepping it for the freezer… you officially have me hooked on green smoothies. thank you so much! I am super interested in recipes without a “milky” element, what are your favorites?

  11. SGS Rawkstar

    April 14th, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Hi Sara,

    We’re so happy to have you blendin’ with us + to hear you loved the Citrus Beet Cleanser! We have so many smoothie recipes that use water, coconut water, + green tea, so you avoid that “milky” element. Here are a few of our favorites:




  12. Anna

    July 19th, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I hate to say it but mine still tastes like dirt even though I peeled my beet…

  13. SGS Rawkstar

    July 20th, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Hi Anna,

    Oh no, we’re sorry to hear you’re not enjoying adding beets to your green smoothies! If you’re willing to try one more time, try roasting your beets prior to blending…


  14. Kimberly

    September 26th, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Just made this one. Love it! I’m fasting and desired a water based smoothie and this is perfect! I halved the recipe except the juice of ½ lemon. I also added mint leaves because I love mint in everything Any other water based ones you’d recommend?

    Thanks for ALL you two do!!

  15. SGS Rawkstar

    September 28th, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Kimberly,

    Yay! Thanks for sharing the green smoothie love! We love using water as our liquid base. But don’t let our recipes limit you, substitute water into any of our recipes that fit your fast!

    Here are a few of our favorite water-base recipes…





  16. ailee

    September 27th, 2015 at 6:10 am

    How often do you suggest to drink this to get the most benefits out of the detox?

  17. SGS Rawkstar

    September 28th, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Hi Ailee,

    We love this recipe because it’s packed with detoxing properties, + your body reaps its benefits every time you drink it! Looking for a complete cleanse? Check out our Fresh Start 21 Cleanse…


  18. TRISH

    October 8th, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    What is Chard?

  19. SGS Rawkstar

    October 9th, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Hi Trish,

    Chard is a colorful leaf best known for its ability to regulate the body’s blood sugar system. Translation? If you have diabetes or struggle to main your blood sugar levels then chard should become a regular part of your leafy geens rotation. Try it in the morning to start your day off.

    Learn more about our favorite leafy greens here…


  20. Wendy

    October 19th, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Can you use canned beets instead?

  21. SGS Rawkstar

    October 20th, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Of course, Wendy! 🙂

  22. Elizabeth

    October 22nd, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Whenever I use oranges or apples in my smoothies, there is a ton of ‘chunky’ texture, with the pulp not really blending well. Is that normal for these types of smoothies? Are they not as smooth as say, Beginner’s Luck? Or is that a reflection of my blender? I use a Ninja and haven’t had any issues with other smoothies being too ‘chunky’. This happens even when I put my oranges or apples in first with the spinach and water or milk.
    I’ve taken to avoiding smoothies with oranges or apples as an ingredient but I really want to try them as I like those fruits a lot!

  23. SGS Rawkstar

    October 22nd, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Hi Elizabeth,

    Oranges + apples are both high in fiber, which sometimes can be tough on your blender. If you’re still finding chunks in your green smoothies, even when blending them with your liquid base first, try freezing! Freezing your oranges + apples prior to blending might help your blender break them down into a smooth consistency. Adding a little bit of lemon juice to your apples will help prevent them from browning.

    Hope this helps! 🙂

  24. Elizabeth

    October 23rd, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Thank you so much! I will try that!

  25. Carla

    November 20th, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Hi there!
    I found this website 10 days ago and got totally hooked! This morning I tried this recipe and unfortunately it didn’t quite work out for me. Only one cup of water – is that right? I had to add more water because it was so hard to swallow it (it wasn’t even a creamy consistency, it was more like a lumpy puree).
    Many thanks and keep up the good work!

  26. SGS Rawkstar

    November 20th, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Hi Carla,

    We’re so excited you found us in this busy internet world! We’re sorry to hear this recipe didn’t work out the first time. We suggest adding only one cup of water, because adding two whole oranges often adds enough liquid on their own. But it always varies based on the variety or size of your fruit. Therefore, add additional water if necessary to create a smooth consistency. We hope you will try this recipe again!

    Cheers 🙂

  27. Stephanie

    February 25th, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Very tasty, though I added a banana and1tbls of chia seeds. Yum

  28. SGS Rawkstar

    February 25th, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Hi Stephanie,

    Great additions! We love the added sweetness banana adds to this recipe and the protein/healthy-fat boost of chia seeds!

    Rawk on!

  29. Kimberly

    February 25th, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Hello, I just discovered your website and I am very interested in trying all the recipes, but I am allergic to pineapple. Is there a substitute fruit that will work as good as pineapple?

  30. SGS Rawkstar

    February 25th, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Hi Kimberly,

    We’re so excited you found us in this busy internet world! Allergic to pineapple? No worries! We’ve got you covered! Some great substitutes are mangos + oranges!

    Cheers 🙂

  31. Theresa

    March 2nd, 2016 at 7:40 am

    I want to halve this recipe, but not sure what to do with the remaining half cut beet. Can I freeze it? Or what would be the best way to store it?

  32. SGS Rawkstar

    March 2nd, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Hi Theresa,

    You can definitely freeze your remaining beet. Either shred or cut your beet into small cubes to freeze. This will allow for easy blending when you’re ready to enjoy another beet fueled green smoothie!


  33. Michelle Khan

    March 13th, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Can I add coconut water, also do I add the beets raw? I absolutely love your website.

  34. SGS Rawkstar

    March 14th, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Hi Michelle,

    Thank you so much for reaching out! Of course you can add coconut water, we love switching up our liquid bases. Check out our favorites here…


    Feel free to add the beets raw, steamed or cooked! Cooking your beets will help make blendin’ easier on your blender + release the beets natural sugars. Learn more about blending beets here…



  35. patrick

    December 1st, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    hi great smoothies that you list on your web site how ever there is one thing i hope yous can do when it comes to beets for me it is cheaper for me to buy powder but you have one hold beet listed so do other sites they say to cook them then put in smoothies would it not be easy to put in lets say a table spoon or two when it says one whole beet what does that equal in tbs powder thanks patrick long live smoothies

  36. SGS Rawkstar

    December 2nd, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Hi Patrick,

    Thanks for reaching out. Unfortunately we don’t have much experience with powdered beets. Personally we’re all about whole-fresh ingredients, but understand that’s not always available to everyone. We suggest experimenting and give it a try! Our recipes are here to inspire you, so please don’t feel like you need to follow them to a T. But reach out after you blend and let us know how it worked for you!

  37. Krista Wooley

    April 24th, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Delicious! I was a little afraid that this might taste too much like beets for me, but it was great! A very nice balance, and that citrus really knocks a great flavor into the beet. I feel so healthy drinking this too!

  38. Diana Iglesias

    April 30th, 2017 at 11:51 am

    I found your sight by googling Beet smoothies. A co-worker suggested I try beet smoothies. I Made it for both myself and husband. We both felt energized after drinking it. I made it with Kale and Spinach I couldn’t find Swiss Chard at my grocery store. Anyway,we are going to try and replace our normal breakfast with your smoothie receipt every morning. Thanks.

  39. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    May 1st, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Hi Diana,

    YAY! I’m so excited you found us in this busy digital world! And love that you’re going to try using our recipes are your morning meal replacement. Just a tip – we suggest adding protein + healthy fats to ensure you’re fueling your body with a complete meal. Learn more about our favorite meal replacement booster combos here…


  40. Bill

    July 25th, 2017 at 2:00 am

    Hi Jen,
    I just got a Nutribullet that I am looking forward to using and found your website while looking for smoothies to make. Your recipes look great. Have you ever heard of using nut butters i.e. Cashew butter in smoothies ? I read somewhere that they add nice creaminess….

  41. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    July 25th, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Hi Bill,

    Welcome!! We love adding nut butters to our green smoothies! It’s a great way to add protein + healthy fats! Here are a few of our favorite recipes with nut butters…




    Just a quick tip. When using your NutriBullet halve our recipes and add a little additional liquid base to ensure everything blends smoothly!

  42. Bill

    July 26th, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Hi Jen…
    Thank you for the tip about the NutriBullet… that will save me from a bit of frustration!

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