Apple Blueberry Beet Greens Smoothie

Apple Blueberry Beet Greens SmoothieIf 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

The Ingredients

  • 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)

The Add-ons

  • 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

Show Time

Place all the ingredients into your high speed blender and blend for around 30-45 seconds or until your desired consistency is reached.

Nutrition Information

  • 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!

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7 Responses to Apple Blueberry Beet Greens Smoothie

  1. Angela #

    I made this smoothie this morning and it was AMAZING! I had to omit the banana bc I’m allergic and I used vanilla plant fusion protein powder. I also added a little maple syrup. I love beets but never thought of using the tops in smoothies. So glad I found your recipe. If you have any other recipes it would love to try them as well.

  2. Amber #

    Tried this recipe this morning for breakfast. I doubled up on it so I could share it with my husband. Occasionally he’ll try my smoothies, but for the most part he’s more of a ‘steak and eggs’ kind of guy. ;-) For me this smoothie wasn’t terrible, but definitely not one of my favorites. I found it to be a little too watery and maybe too much cinnamon? Of course those items could be adjusted next time. Wondering if it would have turned out differently if I’d blended it in single servings and not doubled up together in my blender. Here’s how I made mine…

    2 cups water
    2 golden delicious apples cored
    1 cup frozen blueberries
    1 large fresh banana
    2 cups beet greens
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 tbsp honey
    1 tbsp chia seeds
    1/2 cup ice

    This was for 2 servings. I don’t think my husband enjoyed it much, as it took him awhile to drink it. But I like that he’s willing to try them sometimes. It’s the only way I can get him to eat the good stuff! :) Thanks for this recipe. I never knew until recently that you could eat beet greens. I was always throwing them out. Sad, I know! Now I have a bigger variety of leafy greens! :)

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Amber,

      Sorry to hear you and your husband didn’t particularly like this recipe. Everyone prefers a slightly different consistency, which presents a challenge when posting recipes. And some blenders aren’t powerful enough and require a little extra liquid. I almost always use frozen fruit, which provides enough thickness for me. Typically you can simply adjust the amount of liquid a recipe calls for to achieve your desired consistency. If you like extra creamy smoothies, avocado is advised.

      Your husband might not appreciate the healthy smoothies you’re “pushing” on him right now, but he will some day.

      Cheers,
      Ryan

      • Amber #

        I would actually maybe try this one again with less water. I usually don’t add very much liquid to my smoothies, as my Ninja Ultima does a super job for my needs! May I ask what kind of blender you use? I always add at least 1/2 cup of ice to mine too.

        I hope you’re right about my husband. I keep hoping he’ll get on the healthy band wagon I’ve been riding lately. :)

        • Ryan Carmody #

          When I first started posting recipes on my site I had an Oster Beehive, which required a little more liquid. I’ve since purchased a Blendtec, which pulverizes everything.

          Keep leading by example and he’ll come around eventually!

          • Amber #

            Thanks Ryan, I hope you’re right! :)

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