Can you believe it’s Day 11 of my 14-Day Smoothie Challenge? It’s all happening on my Facebook page, in case you missed it. Did you catch yesterday’s Mango Coconut Smoothie With a Twist? That was good! I thought we needed a beautiful red smoothie, using some delicious beet, so I created this tasty Heart Beet Smoothie. Get it? “Beet” haha, because beets are good for the heart!
Beet roots are awesome! I made some really delicious Vegan Beet Stew a while ago, the most delicious Balsamic Mushroom Toast with Roasted Beets, and of course my Super Healthy Chocolate Beet Smoothie! Yum!
There are many varieties of beets, but we most often see the classic red one, and sometimes a yellow variety. What’s funny is that beets are bright red and resemble blood, and guess what? It’s really good for our blood, as it may help lower blood pressure, and regenerate red blood cells, thereby cleansing our blood. Beet roots contain iron, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, B6, folic acid, protein, antioxidants, and fibre.
Beets are also a good source of folate and betaine. These nutrients act together to help lower blood levels of homocysteine, which can increase your risk of heart disease by causing artery-damaging inflammation. (source)
Adding some beets to our meals is a good thing, and today’s Heart Beet Smoothie is an easy way to do so. The addition of frozen strawberries really turns this smoothie into a flavourful breakfast, and the beet taste is not overpowering. This smoothie would be great for kids too!
Non-organic strawberries are amongst the most sprayed fruits and vegetables on the market and are # 1 on the Dirty Dozen list, so these should always be purchased organic or non-sprayed, in order to reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals and pesticides.
Heart Beet Smoothie
Makes 2-3 breakfast servings
- 1 red beet root*, peeled (a bit smaller than the size of your fist)
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 cup frozen organic strawberries
- 1 thumb-size piece of ginger, peeled
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 1/2 cup nut milk or rice milk
Blend everything in a high performance blender until smooth, about 30-45 seconds. Enjoy right way or put in an airtight container in the fridge.
*Note: if your blender is not powerful enough to blend a raw beet root, simply lightly steam it first to make it more tender.