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Red Beet Vitamix Smoothie Recipe and 10 Benefits of Beets

by Angela Roberts on May 23, 2013

My grandfather always used to say in his Italian accent, “eata  youra beets, they are a good for youra blood.” He always told me that carrots were good for my eyes and beets were good for my blood.  He was from Sicily, and at the time, I thought maybe he just thought beets were good for the blood because they are so red.

The day he died I was home alone with him and my younger brother. I was 10 years old, and as sad as it was, I have a good memory about that weekend. The night before he died, we had red beets and fish.  He sat at usual spot, at the head of the table, and I passed my beets down to him. I, along with many people, didn’t know how good beets can taste, because the beets we ate were canned. I grew up and started making my own beets, and discovered my grandfather was right. Beets are good for your blood and an often overlooked super food, which, when prepared properly, can turn a bad beet experience around.

The Red Drink was born after the green drink became popular in our home!  A days ago we made our first red drink in the Vitamix and I’ll admit, I was a little cautious. The green smoothie has become so popular around here that I didn’t know if I could switch it up a bit. Then last week, I saw a show that highlighted the benefits of beet drinks.

I got out the kale, apple, orange and a handful of strawberries to see if it would taste good. This drink was astoundingly popular because it tastes so good.

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Ditch Juice: Involve Children in the Process of Making Healthy Smoothies

I spend my time concerned about my health and the boys’ health. I stopped buying juice this year because I think they have no real benefit for children. I think they stimulate a sweet tooth and contain empty calories. I decided that if they are going to drink juice,  it’s going to be in whole food form with ingredients I can trust, and my Vitamix has made that happen.  The beauty in preparation is that they help me pick out the fruits and vegetables and they put them into the machine. They press the button. They get involved and this is part of the experience. I hope one day, they are doing this same thing for their children. At first, I was surprised that they would enjoy the green smoothie or the red drink, but they plead with me every day to make the green and red drinks. I thought I would have to convince them, but they ended up convincing me and proving that whole foods in their natural form are just better!

Watch the video. They are so funny, and it’s proof they love the drink.

This gives us big people something to ponder. Do we prejudice kids with our own food view and do them a disservice?  Probably so, even me, who tends to love all good red, green and yellow food from the ground.

Drinking raw beets is the closest thing to a cocktail without the alcohol. It’s powerful, and no wonder. It’s not just an anti-oxidant; it’s a SUPER ANTI-OXIDANT.

This is made with RAW beets. Raw beets have more anti-oxidant power than cooked beets. I knew that when I made this raw beet salad.

Take a little time to read the benefits of red beets and just imagine how happy your body will be with this beautiful elixer.

Red Beet Smoothie by Angela Roberts

Ten Benefits of Beets

  1. Beets are a super food, a super anti-oxidant that fights cancer and reduces inflammation.
  2. Beets are good for working out.  They improve blood flow, which increases endurance during a workout.
  3. Beets purifies the blood and cleanse the liver.
  4. Beets have been proven to lower blood pressure and reverse hypertension.
  5. Beets help to deliver oxygen to the parts of your body that need it, even the brain.
  6. Beets may have an aphrodisiac effect as they contain high amounts of boron, related to the production of sex hormones.
  7. Beets are high in fiber, high in vitamin C and folic acid, and contain sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron and phosperous!
  8. Beets contain folic acid aids in physical healing, and is good for pregnant women.
  9. Beets are good for your mental health, as they contain betain, which aids in depression.
  10. Beets are the sweetest vegetable, high in good carbs, low in calories and give you the right kind of energy.

This is a surprisingly delicious drink, one that the twins ask for over and over.If you’re thinking that you don’t like beets, you might just love this. The raw beets are earthy and sweet and the other fruits harmonize with and balance the beet taste.

I’ll give you my recipe for a red beet smoothie, but I do encourage you to try your own combinations. When you see Vitamix demonstrations, they don’t usually use water, but I find that beets are dense and a little bit of water works best.

More of My Extremely Healthy Red Beet Recipes

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Super Health Salad with Shaved Brussels Sprouts Red Beet Pesto

Red Beet Pesto with Sunflower Seeds

Raw Beet Salad with Shallots, Orange

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Roasted Beet Crostini with Goat Cheese and Honey

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Red Beet Vitamix Smoothie with Kale, Apple, Orange, Berries in the Vitamix
Recipe type: Smoothie
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
 
Recipe for red beet smoothie with kale, apple, berries is super nutritious.
Ingredients
  • 1 red beet
  • 1 small apple including core
  • ½ naval orange peeled
  • handful frozen berries
  • handful kale
  • ¼ cup frozen pineapple (optional)
  • ½ cup ice
  • ½ cup iced water
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into vitmamix or similar machine. Start on slow and move up to high, using the muddler the machine comes with.

You may also enjoy these recipes for green smoothies, by far my most popular post ever written. You might want to check out these green smoothies or this kombucha smoothie.

Healthy Smoothies by Angela Roberts

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bellini May 23, 2013 at 8:37 am

A friend of mine has been trying to lower his blood pressure and has been having exactly what you have described here. Of course I had to have a taste and it is delicious! I need a juicer!!

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Norma - Platanos, Mangoes and Me! May 23, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I eata my beets all the time..I think I was the only one in my family that liked them…this juice looks absolutely delish…

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Kiki D. May 23, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Ohh… yummy! I’ve been looking for a yummy juice recipe with beets. I love beets and they are great in helping me boost my iron level and warding off my anemia symptoms. I will be trying this in the juicer next for sure!

I love my juicer! It DOES takes a lot more time/effort to get that same bottle of juice that you coud easily get from the grocer, but it is much more rewarding having the kids help, teaching them to make healthier choices when available and it’s just darn right YUMMY!

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Angela Roberts February 3, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Thanks Kiki
How about a cupcake with beets?

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Teresa Blackburn May 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm

I do not own a Vitamix but based on this smoothie I might soon! Beets are such a great color.

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angela June 10, 2013 at 7:59 am

The Vitamix is a wonderful machine, well worth the money. It’s the most expensive thing in my kitchen!

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Vicki Bensinger May 25, 2013 at 9:54 pm

I love green smoothies and beets but I’ve never tried a beet smoothie. I’m going to try your recipe this week. I’m sure it’s tasty. Thanks for sharing it.

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Jason May 29, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I really don’t like the taste of beets but since they are one of the foods I can still digest I am trying to add them into my diet. They provide the red color to my mock tomato sauce and now I think I need to add them to my morning juice/protein shake (but not enough to actually taste them!).

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angela June 10, 2013 at 7:59 am

Jason
I never thought I would like beet drink. It surprised me.

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Doreen October 13, 2013 at 1:48 pm

My daughter does not like beets or eat them ever. She tried a beet juice. She has been converted and likes them the best. You can’t taste the beets. Put lots of sweet fruits and honey with them. It works.

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Chris-Mart May 30, 2013 at 11:34 pm

You don’t need a juicer, just use a blender. I have been making smoothies in my stuped old Oster blender for a year now and it works great, don’t need no fancy expensive stuff.

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angela June 10, 2013 at 7:58 am

Chris-Mart,
If you like the texture with a blender that’s fine. I like the power blenders because I can put the whole apple, seeds, core, pineapple core, etc. and it smashes it to a near juice consistency. It’s all about texture. But, if your Oster blender gives you want you want, all that really matters is that you like it.

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Karina June 9, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Wanted to try a beet juice before my beets went bad and happened to have all the ingredients needed for this one. All I have to say is, YUM. It was so hard for me not to drink the whole thing and save some for tmrw. Thank you! Wonderfully delicious and nutritious. Thank god for my vitamix too. Makes it so easy. :)

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angela June 10, 2013 at 7:57 am

I’m always thrilled when someone makes these healthy drinks. Thanks for stopping by.

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Doreen October 13, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I use a Vitamix also. Just wanted to say that I read another post which asked if beets can be frozen. The answer was YES!. I had the same problem as you having to use the beets before they go bad. Being able to freeze some fruit and veg helps. I even freeze the kale because it did go off. I don’t like my juices overpowering just to use the produce up.

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Lisa June 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm

I was a life-long beet hater until a few months ago when I finally made a beet smoothie. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t drink one. Love the stuff! Anyone know how to reduce or eliminate the foam that sometimes forms on top?

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Stephanie June 19, 2013 at 10:58 am

Lisa, after you have finished blending, turn the speed down very low (if your model has the variable speed controls) and blend for a few more seconds. That should allow the mixture to still swirl and incorporate the foam back in. If no variable speed control, maybe pulsing a few times with the on/off button will accomplish the same thing.

Angela, thanks for the recipe. I think beets taste like dirt, but I’m always willing to try new things and will definitely try this!

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angela June 19, 2013 at 4:08 pm

I’m not sure I get foam, but I’ll pay attention to that for next time.

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Lisa June 30, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Thanks, Stephanie. The slower speed does make a difference.

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Phyllis September 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm

You can google about smoothie foam, but probably is 1 of 2 issues. 1) the blender sucks air into the mix creating foam. Angela’s suggestion to use low speed at the end works well. 2) the ingredients are not a good combination of soluble and insoluble fruits/veggies. The combination can change each time you make the same recipe. Example, not all beets are same size and your handful of greens can vary. This URL has a great YouTube video about foam/soluble/insoluble: http://www.rawfamily.com/. Or go to YouTube and search for this: sergei boutenko green smoothie original. It’s worth 8 minutes.

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angela September 4, 2013 at 12:26 am

Thanks Phyllis.

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Doreen October 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Someone asked this same question on another thread. When you have the power on high (if using a Vitamix) turn the dial down from 10 slowly till you see the foam disperse. I hope this helps solve this problem. The only problem I have is leaving the switch on high for a bit longer and the smoothie being a bit warm. Will try using ice now.

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Karen June 19, 2013 at 12:41 am

What an amazing buy! $1.50 for 4 beautiful beers from the farmers market. Now. What do I do with them. I have always liked beets. I just have never bought fresh beets. I googled a beet smoothie recipe and wholah your recipe. Day two.. I’m loving it. I chopped and froze my beets into handful Baggie amounts. Thank you! I cant wait to try the green smoothie.

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angela June 19, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Karen That’s awesome. I’m so glad you found your way here.

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Tini June 20, 2013 at 10:06 pm

This Smoothie looks great but I was wondering how many calories per serving??

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angela June 21, 2013 at 8:34 am

The calories are minimal. No more than 200 at most!

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Jill June 24, 2013 at 8:14 am

The smoothie is AWESOME! I’m 9 years old. My Mom and I made the AWESOME smoothie. Justin

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Angela Roberts February 3, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Jill
That’s awesome that you came here to tell me.

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Larry July 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm

I bought a NutriBullet in Canada @ Canadian Tire for 99.95. Works like a charm. A whole lot cheaper than a Vitamix, but only one speed. Can pulse though. My wife said she would rather have her veggies in a smoothy now. Were new to smoothies.

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Angela Roberts February 3, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Larry
I’m not trying to push expensive, but the cost of the Vitamix over a lifetime is less than the nutribullet which you will have to replace. And, it doesn’t do the same things. Not a terrible product, but if you use it a lot, then you spend more for less function. It’s like comparing bikes and cars. The bike will get you there if you don’t have far to go. I’m not being snarky. I’ve tried it all. We went through several magic bullets back in the day, spent more money than on the Vitamix we will have for a life time.

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Larry July 22, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Oh, as an add-on, I think i will be removing the skin on my beets. Cut down on the soil taste. I know that most of the goodness is right under the skin, but van’t handle the dirt taste.

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Doreen October 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Try using a brush just for root veg or anything growing underground. I usually wash brush veg before juicing since most of the veg and fruit is sprayed with chemicals.

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Sarah July 29, 2013 at 2:46 pm

This smoothie is delicious! I will definately be making this again! But I did find I needed quite a bit more water otherwise it sounded like my vitamix was going to break :S

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StlCardsFan August 2, 2013 at 2:37 pm

This is my first recipe ever using my vitamix. It was delivered a half hour ago and I couldn’t wait to use it! I bought all of these ingredients yesterday.
Is this supposed to be more of a juice texture? Should I have added more water? It’s pretty thick. Almost like ape sauce or baby food consistency. But, delicious, nonetheless!!!

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angela August 3, 2013 at 7:00 am

If it’s too thick add in some ice cold water, just a little and maybe a little ice. It should drink like juice but have more body to it.
It took me a while to get it right, Some days seem different from others, but now I’ve learned I often need to add a touch more water.
Hope you enjoy.

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Doreen October 13, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Most of the smoothies I have made in a Vitamix have been very thick like you say, apple sauce. I don’t like this so I am using less fruit and more water/liquid. The fun is to experiment and see what works for you.

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elezli August 12, 2013 at 2:09 pm

~will try this as soon as I buy some beets~
Do you ever use the tops of the beets? I’ve read that the beet greens are very nutritious!

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angela August 12, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Yes I use beet greens all the time, braising and even in smoothies.

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Emily September 15, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Just bought a Vitamix last week and I’ve used it twice a day since then! Question about the beets: do you have to peel it first? Or just quarter it and toss it in? Thanks!

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Doreen October 13, 2013 at 2:29 pm

I don’t peel my beets. I wash brush them so no dirt is on them. I brush wash every veg grown underground, even carrots. Then I quarter and put in my Vitamix. Even though you can put in whole fruit and veg. I do this cutting to avoid using the Tamper to push the fruit and veg into the Vitamix. It work for me. I am new to Vitamix so experimenting what works.

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Vikki Pava September 16, 2013 at 5:12 pm

It you don’t have a Vitamix, blend with WILD VEGGIE Beet Puree to make this.
Beet Puree and Pomegranate Juice makes an awesome combo as well.

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Amy F September 28, 2013 at 9:57 am

Oooh, that’s a keeper! Thank you.

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Jodi September 30, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I just ordered a Vitamix and was looking for a smoothie recipe for the inauguration. This fits the bill perfectly! I cannot wait to try it. Thank you!

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Steph October 3, 2013 at 7:56 am

I must try this — it looks amazing! Never tried beets before, but today is the day. Started green smoothies two weeks ago and I’m hooked! My face looks amazing — clear and smooth and hydrated. I have dry skin, it’s fall and I am over 40, so that is a huge deal for me! I find that my body is craving my morning smoothie, but not craving caffeine, chocolate, sugar, salt, crunchies, 3:00 snack attack or midnite madness. If I eat a small slice of cake, I can enjoy it without guilt or the need to go back for a big hunk. I’m really OK with a little taste. FREEDOM! Thanks for the recipe and gorgeous food photos!

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Ellen Christian October 27, 2013 at 11:00 am

That does sound good. I’m not a huge fan of kale in smoothies but this combination sounds good.

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rebecca October 27, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Beets are good, lots of sugar diabetes be carefull

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Elly October 27, 2013 at 6:26 pm

can I used canned beets?

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Amy November 10, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Looks amazing! Should the beet be raw or cooked?

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Barbara solomon November 18, 2013 at 8:18 am

So I want to be able to throw in beet with skin, raw. Is that possible? Today I saw recipe that I had to steam first. I did,but would prefer just to cut up whole raw beet and put in vitamix with other ingredients

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Jennifer February 3, 2014 at 12:20 pm

I used mine raw and it worked great. I just scrubbed it really well with a root veggie brush to remove all the dirt.

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Sam December 23, 2013 at 8:21 am

“Apple seeds release cyanide into the body when digested” – My Nutribullet user guide. I advise you to toss the core.

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Jennifer February 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Totally agree with this comment. I threw away the core too. I never blend apple seeds.

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Becky January 3, 2014 at 10:40 pm

My daughter gave me a Nutribullet for Xmas . I will make this tomorrow !!

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Angela Roberts February 3, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Read further down. One lady cut the recipe in half for her nutribullet.

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anne medders January 13, 2014 at 12:05 pm

60 yr old female. Drinking green smoothies daily for 2+ months. Amazing change in vitality, sustained energy levels, appetitie, cravings – and lower GI function (if you get my drift:) With Vitamix 5200 it is such an easy, fun, fast way to do it. (Use Cuisinart blender til convinced this was permanent lifestyle change; then invested in Vitamix). Have used raw, scrubbed beets for the past week – just 1/2 of one for 24-32 ozs ozs of finished product; love it. I cannot imagine going back to ‘no smoothie’ days; haven’t found a single combination of fresh greens, fruit & ginger that I don’t enjoy; using almond milk or kombucha as starter liquid, build from there – 1/2 container of my green of the day (spinach, romaine, kale, chard, arugula – no more a 1 cup of arugula + 3 cups of another green), and then combo of fruit to fill container (low GI foods, I add 1 tsp cinnamon to help control sugar levels). Works for me!

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Marcia January 20, 2014 at 6:05 am

Here’s my recipe for beet smoothie
1-2 bananas, 6-10 strawberries, 1/2 can sliced beets, 1 cup almond milk, dash vanilla, tbsp stevia, cup of ice, 2 tbsp flax meal

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Genny Pickens January 27, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Do you peel the beets before using?

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Angela Roberts January 30, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Genny
Yes I peel the beets, but I don’t cook them.

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Angela Roberts February 3, 2014 at 12:48 pm

I’ve seen others here just scrub them really clean.

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Rene April 14, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Oh good because I didn’t have a recipe before I tried it and I didn’t peel the beets but I washed them. I love my Vitamix too it’s the best investment in my kitchen!
Thanks for the recipes and the advice.

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Jennifer February 3, 2014 at 12:18 pm

So yummy!!! I make green smoothies all the time in my Nutribullet, but had never tried beets. I googled “beets vitamix” and found your website. Yay! I just made this recipe and it was so good. I did not peel or cook the beet, but I did scrub it really well with a root vegetable brush. I added some avocado to give it healthy fat and a great silky texture. Huge hit with my kids too!

For anyone using a Nutribullet, you need to cut the recipe in half for everything to fit in the large blender cup. I used a quarter of an avocado for one drink. The second my oldest daughter tasted this, she took my cup from me and I had to make another. :) Good thing I had halved everything because I had just the right amount leftover to make a second drink.

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Pete February 5, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Angela, do you know if golden beets and red beets have the same nutritional or health benefits?

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Angela Roberts February 5, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Here’s what I’ve read. I just looked this up. Red beets are rich in betalain pigment while orange beets are rich in b-xanthin pigment. Though their pigment color differs, their nutritional benefits are the same.
Thanks

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Robin February 17, 2014 at 12:28 pm

I just made this (I’m sitting here sipping it as I type) and it’s really good. I did get organic beets, so just scrubbed mine with a brush and didn’t peel it. I used 1/2 of a large beet. I threw in a handful of the beet greens because they were so fresh and gorgeous and used a small clementine instead of 1/2 an orange. Raspberries are great, but I’ll bet strawberries and/or pomegranate arils would be good too. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe!

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Angela Roberts February 17, 2014 at 12:37 pm

I love to hear this. I just made it with frozen strawberries and it was delicious.

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ann February 23, 2014 at 7:43 am

oh wow! this was good! I added some agave for extra sweetness & served over ice. LOVE IT!

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Adam March 6, 2014 at 7:26 pm

beets are a root correct? Do I use these “leaves” of the beet? Or just the root end of it? Or ALL of it……? LOL…Im new to beets (raw beets that is…) – my first impression was WOW…these do not resemble anything my grand mother served at Thxgiving (canned beets…lol)…….

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Nicole March 16, 2014 at 8:44 pm

This is actually a very good beet smoothie. For my berries I used raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries. However, I wish that I would not have used the blackberries because it made the texture of my smoothie too seedy. But it tasted great. My husband really liked it too and we will probably have at least four of these a week. Thanks!

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