If you haven’t figured out how to make good use of your excess beet greens, or are looking for a new green to work into the rotation, this smoothie is for you.
For the longest time I made green smoothies with only spinach and kale, but that got boring. Then I started using other greens such as Swiss chard, dandelion greens, lettuce, arugula, and beet greens. The result, a healthier me and my smoothie fun-o-meter going bonkers :)
Beet greens blend well, aren’t overly bitter, and offer some nice health benefits. They are rich in vitamin A, think improved vision and stronger immune system, and vitamin K, which when combined with calcium produces strong bones. Beet greens are also a good source the following vitamins and minerals: vitamins C and E, calcium, iron (more than spinach), copper, magnesium, manganese, and potassium.
Like spinach and chard, beet greens have a rather mild flavor, so don’t worry about your smoothie being too bitter, especially if you include a sweet fruit or two. As a milder green you can often hide the presence of beet greens in a smoothie when serving the particularly discerning, such as kids and green smoothie newbies.
Now toss those beet greens into your blender and make a healthy green smoothie! Combine with apple, blueberry, banana, cinnamon, an add-on(s) of your choice and you’ve got yourself one delicious and nutritious smoothie. Enjoy!
Apple Blueberry Beet Greens Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup water
- 1 apple, cored
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1/2 fresh or frozen banana
- 1- 2 cups beet greens, chopped, thick stems removed and discarded
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten (optional)
- 1 tablespoon flax or chia seeds
- 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 serving of your preferred protein and/or green superfood powder
- 1 tablespoon maca, cacao, or goji berries
Place all the ingredients into your high speed blender and blend for around 30-45 seconds or until your desired consistency is reached.
- Calories: 201
- Fat: 1g
- Protein: 3g
- Carbohydrates: 52g
- Fiber: 10g
- Sugar: 34g
- Vitamin C: 54% RDA
- Vitamin K: 214% RDA
- Calcium: 8% RDA
- Iron: 9% RDA
Please leave a comment below if you try this tasty apple blueberry beet greens smoothie. Happy Blending!