Beet juice smoothies pack a powerful, energizing punch. They are also a great alternative to green smoothies, especially for those who allergic to common green smoothie ingredients such as bananas or avocados. (District Style note: If you’re looking for more traditional smoothies, check out our recipes for our Mango Yogurt Smoothie, our Simple Green Smoothie, and our Pineapple Cucumber Smoothie.)
Click more for our standard beet juice smoothie recipe and the many ways you can customize this delicious beverage!
What You’ll Need
- 1 beet (washed and peeled)
- 1-2 cups filtered water
- 1-2 carrots (washed)
- 1 apple (washed and unseeded)
- Ginger (to taste)
- Juice of 1 lime
How to Make It
- Put on an apron! Beets are a messy vegetable, so you’ll want to protect your clothes when making this smoothie by wearing an apron. Make sure your prep area is clean and clear to avoid getting beet juice on your other kitchen products.
- Cut your beets, carrots, and apples into smaller pieces. We recommend using fresh (not canned) beets and regular (not baby) carrots for this smoothie. To decrease prep time, you can also use pre-packaged organic shredded carrots (as we did above). Any type of apple will suffice for this smoothie, but we prefer Granny Smith apples for their tartness.Depending on your blender, it might not be necessary to cut your produce into smaller pieces, but we find it gives the final product a smoother texture.
- Put 1-2 cups of filter water and the juice of one lime into the blender. For best blending results, always start with your liquid ingredients. We used 2 cups of filtered water for our pictured smoothie, but you can use less or more depending on your consistency preferences. You can also substitute lemon juice for lime if you’d like.
- Put the beets, carrots, and apples into the blender.
- Sprinkle a dash of ginger into your blender jar. You can also use real ginger root, which will give you more flavor. We like using the Simply Organic ginger spice (pictured above) when we’re short on time.
- Press the “whole juice” or “smoothie” setting on your blender. If your blender does not have this setting, start at the lowest setting for about 10 seconds, slowly increasing to the highest setting every 5-10 seconds. The total blending time (depending on your blender) will be about 60 seconds.
- Pour your smoothie into a glass and wash your blender. Though it’s not quite as messy as making your own almond butter, you’ll still want to wash your blender jar immediately so it doesn’t stain.
To make your smoothie sweeter, add a teaspoon of honey during step 3 of the above recipe. You can also add a couple strawberries or blueberries at step 4.
To make your smoothie colder or to add a thicker texture, place a couple ice cubes into your smoothie mixture prior to step 6. You can also refrigerate it for approximately 15-30 minutes in an airtight container before consuming.
To vary your vegetables, try adding half a cucumber or half a celery stick to this smoothie recipe.
The above recipe makes about 2 servings. Refrigerate any unused portion in an airtight container and consume within 24 hours for optimal freshness.