Cherry Beet Smoothie

beet smoothie

Most people either love or hate beetstheres usually no in between. After several attempts at making a delicious beet smoothie, we have a recipe that even my kids will drink! A tall glass of this vibrant and refreshing cherry beet smoothie is the perfect summer treat. 

From post-exercise recovery to liver detox to fighting free-radicals, this beet smoothie delivers major health benefits. And with a silky smooth texture and sweet, fruity flavor, its love at first sip. Lets look at what makes this cherry beet smoothie so good for your health.

How to make a tasty beet smoothie

This beet smoothie recipe might be out of your comfort-zone, yet give it a blend! Beets are nutrient powerhouses, and should be a part of your diet. I was scared to try my first beet recipe tooyet it was so worth it. Heres how to make your beet smoothie recipe a success:

Peel your beets- no need for that roughness to end up in your smoothie. If you want to lower the natural sugar content, swap the pomegranate juice with coconut water or plain water. If youre using a non-high powered blender, then steamed beets will blend better. Ive found already peeled + steamed beets in the refrigerated section at Costco.

I know bananas are a deal-breaker for some people when blending smoothies, so swap this out for 1/4 cup mango or pineappleyou want to keep a sweet fruit in this smoothie!

Preparing beets for a smoothie

Beet prep is easy! Simply peel the beet the same way you would an appleuse a vegetable peeler to shave off the top layer. Cut the beet into small chunks so it easily blends up. If you dont have a high powered blender, you can use cooked beets in this smoothie. Steam the beets for about 15 minutes, or until tender. Let the cooked beets cool before using in this beet smoothie recipe. 

To make it even easier, you can buy beets that have already been peeled and steamed in the refrigerated produce section at most grocery stores and even at Costco.

Beet smoothie FAQs

What fruit goes well with beets?

Pretty much any red fruit pairs well with beets: cherries, strawberries, pomegranateyou really cant go wrong. Because beets taste earthy, combine them with strongly flavored fruit.

Do I have to peel beets before blending?

I do! Beets have so much nutrition in the fleshy part, that the tough, wood-tasting peel isnt needed to benefit. Just remember to use something that can be stainedcutting beets is MESSY and will stain whatever you use.

Are raw beets good for you?

Yes, yes, YES. High in fiber, folate, antioxidantsbeets are the whole package. Did you know you can even eat beet greens? So dont pitch those stems!

Health Benefits of Beets

Beets are amazingly high in folate. So many mamas out there are trying to get pregnant or already have a baby on the wayYay! – get your beet on! A cup of beets contain nearly half of your folate needs which help protect baby against birth defects.

Want to keep things moving? Reach for a beet! Beets are full of fiber which keep you full longer and also keep things moving on a regular basis. I drink this beet smoothie in the morning to start my day off right.

Beets also contain high amounts of naturally occurring nitrates which might help increase exercise performance.

Waste not, want not! The entire beet plant is edibleleafy greens and all.

Loaded with antioxidants like Vitamin C, beets can help increase your immune system and lower your risk of cancer and other chronic illnesses.

cherry beet smoothie recipe

What about beet greens?

Yes! Just like any other green, beet greens are full of nutrition and are a great addition to smoothies. Detach the leaves from the stems and blend the beet greens along with the other ingredients in this smoothie. Beet greens are a great source of calcium, iron, and vitamins A, C, and K.

Boost your immune system, strengthen your bones and cleanse your kidneys and liver with beet greens. If you have a bunch of beets with the greens attached and youre only using the beets, freeze the beet greens for later use.

anti-oxidant powered smoothie

You Cant Beat Beet Smoothies!

Want more of that bright red goodness, you can only get from beets? Here are a few of the absolute best-ever beet smoothies that will soon become your favs too:

Mueller Juicer Ultra Power, Easy Clean Extractor Press Centrifugal Juicing Machine, Wide 3" Feed Chute for Whole Fruit Vegetable, Anti-drip, High Quality, Large, Silver
Hamilton Beach Juicer Machine, Big Mouth Large 3” Feed Chute for Whole Fruits and Vegetables, Easy to Clean, Centrifugal Extractor, BPA Free, 800W Motor, Black
Omega NC900HDC Juicer Extractor and Nutrition Center Creates Fruit Vegetable and Wheatgrass Juice Quiet Motor Slow Masticating Dual-Stage Extraction with Adjustable Settings, 150-Watt, Metallic
Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer EVO820GM - Higher Nutrients and Vitamins, BPA-Free Components, Easy to Clean, Ultra Efficient 240W, 50RPMs, Includes Smoothie and Blank Strainer-Gun Metal
Cuisinart CJE-500 Compact Juice Extractor Black, 11.5 x 11.8 x 14.2 Inch

Now, try the recipe below then leave a rating + review letting me know how your smoothie turned out!

Cherry Beet Smoothie

Sweet beets and tangy cherries are a power-packed superfood combo in this tasty, bright red cherry beet smoothie.

5 from 7 votes

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Course: Smoothie

Cuisine: Plant-Based

Servings: 1

Calories: 195kcal

Author: Jen Hansard

  • 1/4 cup beet, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup cherries
  • ¼ banana, frozen
  • ½ cup pomegranate juice
  • ½ cup water
  • fresh mint, for garnish
  • 1 serving Protein Smoothie Boost, optional
  • Blend all ingredients until smooth.

  • Top with mint for garnish, if desired.

  • To make it easier on your blender (and cutting board), look for steamed beets (not pickled) in the refrigerated produce section, freezer aisle, or in the canned food section of most grocery stores.

Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 789mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 118IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg


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