Citrus Beet Cleanser Green Smoothie

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

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 16 oz smoothie 1x
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


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.



  • 1 cup beet greens or chard
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 orange (peeled)
  • 1 small raw beet (peeled and diced)
  • Juice of 1/4 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.

Keywords: Beet smoothie


Ready for more ultra-healthy smoothies that help the body with detoxification? Check out these recipes:
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By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 9.2.2014 | COMMENTS: 95


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  1. Célia Regina da Silva Moura says:

    Poderia ser em português, I not speak inglês.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Sinto muito, Celia. A maioria dos nossos leitores são de países de língua inglesa. Pode haver uma opção de tradução na página web. Você também pode experimentar o Google Translate. Espero que uma dessas opções funcione para você. 🙂

  2. Dawn says:

    Jen, is “Juice of 4 lemon” actually 4 lemons?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Dawn, good call. I think that should say 1/4 lemon, not 4 lemon. I think the juice of 1/2 up to 1 lemon would be good, depending on how much you like the taste of lemons but 4 is quite a lot. We’ll get that changed. 🙂

  3. Ash says:

    Love beets and the smoothie tasted great, my one dilemma, I had about 5 sips and it unfortunately instantly made me vomit. Not the cleanse I was anticipating I normally try and cook my vegetables, any reason this could have been the reaction?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Ash, so sorry that happened. I’m not sure why, though. Maybe there’s an ingredient in the smoothie that you have an allergy to but didn’t know?

  4. Bill says:

    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….

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      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!

      • Bill says:

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

  5. Diana Iglesias says:

    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.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      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…

  6. Krista Wooley says:

    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!

  7. patrick says:

    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

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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!

  8. Michelle Khan says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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…


  9. Theresa says:

    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?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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!


  10. Kimberly says:

    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?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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 🙂

  11. Stephanie says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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!

  12. Carla says:

    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!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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 🙂

  13. Elizabeth says:

    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!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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! 🙂

  14. Wendy says:

    Can you use canned beets instead?

  15. TRISH says:

    What is Chard?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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…

  16. ailee says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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…

  17. Kimberly says:

    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!!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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…

  18. Anna says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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…

  19. Sara says:

    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?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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:

  20. tonisha says:

    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!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Tonisha!

      Thanks for joining us! Here is a community favorite:

    • SGS Rawkstar says:


      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 🙂

  21. Caryl says:

    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?

  22. Renee says:

    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. 😉

  23. Suad says:

    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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      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. 🙂

  24. Jessie says:

    So I decided to try this recipe this morning. It was a little too earthy for my taste so I added some pineapple. I also added ice because I wanted it a little thicker. It was just a juice-like texture when I was finished. The taste is great but a few minutes after I blended it, it became really oxidated. Do you think that’s the result of adding the pineapple or because I added ice?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hi Jessie. When recipes don’t have bananas, but do have lemons they tend to oxidate faster. Give it a little shake and its ready to enjoy!

  25. Ashley says:

    The taste was delicious but I couldn’t get over the pulpy texture! I think I will experiment with this recipe without oranges. Any suggestions for a replacement that will taste good and not be so chunky??

  26. Georgina says:

    Do all your recipes make 2 servings? Because the 1cup greens-1 cup liquid-1 1/2 cup fruit suits me perfectly and I’d really like to try different tastes if I can adjust the recipes to my needs. Thanks for all the ideas, keep up th good work!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey. You can totally half the recipes. Our smoothie recipes make about 4-5 cups (32oz – 40oz). Jadah drinks at least 2 cups (16 oz) everyday in the morning as a breakfast meal replacement. Jen drinks hers for lunch or sometimes as a mid morning snack Since green smoothies are full of fiber, they keep us both full for a while. If either of us needs afternoon pick-me-ups, we have been known to make another green smoothie later in the day instead of drinking a caffeinated beverage.

  27. Betsy says:

    I’ve tried several recipes and have enjoyed all of them! But I was wondering if you have any recipes that are vegetables only? Thinking I might not need fruit in the afternoons…

  28. Patricia says:

    I was pleasantly surprised about this smoothie. It was wonderful. Also, i was excited to know that the beets last such a long time in my vegetable drawer. I prefer the drink with kale as opposed to swiss chard.

  29. Monica says:

    Tried this today…It was pretty darn good! I put my beet greens in my blendtec with water and blended until it looked pretty smooth, added everything else along with a little ice and used my whole juice setting. It wasn’t silky smooth, but it was like having orange juice with the pulp.

  30. Cheryl says:

    @amy you should try cooking the beet first! This recipe does sound good!

  31. shelly says:

    Get a NutriBullet–it blends anything!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Thanks for the comment, Shelly! Happy to hear you love your Nutri-Bullet.

    • Connie says:

      I could not live without my Nurtibullet… I used cooked beets, but my Bullet would have more than handled them raw!
      Nice recipe. I added a couple stalks of celery but I add them to every smoothie I make… want to add as much fiber in diet as possible.

  32. Amy says:

    I tried this smoothie this morning…on day 5 of the 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge. It actually doesn’t taste bad. It’s refreshing. The problem I had was getting it smooth. I blended it twice as long as I have been blending the other smoothies, but it still had pieces of the beet that would not submit to the blender. I used a Cuisinart…looking at getting a Vitamix. Maybe Black Friday will offer some discounts???

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Amy.

      Have you seen the $259 Vitamix on our page? It’s what I blend with daily and I love it! 🙂

      Easily and efficiently incorporate fresh, whole fruits and vegetables into your culinary creations. With an intuitive High/Low speed control and a hardened, stainless-steel blade, the Certified Reconditioned Two Speed machine delivers superior performance and consistent results.

    • Glenn says:

      I just have a cheap blender (Black & Decker), I found the trick to getting this smooth is to add just the water & beet root and blend for 1 minute. Then add the remaining ingredients and blend again.

    • Kristi says:

      I just made this amazing drink and love it!!!

      Amy, I have a ninja blender and it worked great! I put everything in at once unlike the direction said and it is very smooth!!

  33. Tamika says:

    Have any of you tried beet powder? I saw some in the Vitamin Shoppe where I live.

  34. Delta says:

    shouldn’t the beet greens be blended with the water BEFORE the orange?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Delta.

      Yes you can blend you leafy greens and liquids first or all the ingredients at once. Your choice. 🙂

  35. kirsten bennick says:

    Try yellow beets, they have a milder taste

  36. kirsten bennick says:

    Try yelloiw beets, they have a milder taste

  37. Reba says:

    Loving the challenge…trying this one today, but do I blend the beet greens with the whole stem

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Reba!

      Great question, we recommend branching out and trying beet greens for your next smoothie! Use the tops of the beets in place of your original leafy greens and you are good to go! 🙂 Enjoy!

  38. Magdalena says:

    I made a smoothie today using baby beet leaves, peaches, mango and coconut water. Not very nice colour to be honest – it went this really unappetising shade of brown…

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey. 🙂

      No problem if you green smoothie isn’t green.

  39. janice says:

    Orange juice is not nearly as good for us as the orange with the white pith. Your body does not know the difference between coke and oj.
    We have been very misled about orange juice. This information comes straight from Dr. Andrew Weil who is very famous for his work. The pith is what helps our body absorb vitamin C.

  40. Lynne says:

    Just tried this this morning and not one of my favourites. I’ll be unlikely to have this one again but so far this is the first one that’s a no go

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Which one is your favorite so far? Sometime beets can be tricky, I find that people either love them or hate them. 🙂

  41. Beverly says:

    Do I suppose to use the whole stem and leafs of the beets

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Beverly,

      Thanks for the question. Please peel and dice you beet.

      Here is a link to all things beets:

  42. Beverly says:

    Can I freeze the beets and oranges? Do suppose to cook the beets? Can I use orange juice?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Beverly.

      Thanks for the questions. Here is a link to all things beets:
      We love fresh orange juice, here is a link to our favorite liquids:

  43. Graham Lee says:

    Just tried this this morning. Peeled and roasted the beets to maximize their chance of tasting good. Sorry to say that unless someone slips me some when I am living out my years in a nursing home, I had had my lifetime allotment of beets! But I’m signed up for the Challenge and have recruited several of my friends to join me!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Graham.

      That is usually the case with beets. People either LOVE them or HATE them. Don’t worry, I tend to lean towards your side too. Everyone has different taste buds and that is why the 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge is great, something for everyone. 🙂 Thanks for trying it and looking forward to completing the challenge with you. 🙂

    • Steph says:

      This made me laugh!! I’m with you on the beets! Just can’t find a way to like them!

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