Anything pink dazzles the socks off my little one and this kid-friendly Pink Beet Smoothie is no different! Made that stunning shade of pink by antioxidant rich red fruits and veggies, it’s easy on the eyes and super nourishing for the body.Jump to Recipe
Smoothies have been a big part of our lives since we started cleaning up our diet and eating real food. In fact, adding smoothies into our daily life was (literally) the very first change I made in my family’s life….and it has stuck.
Why? Because smoothies are easy (which makes them a sustainable addition to a busy life), delicious, and an awesome way to start your day off on a healthy foot. And, personally, I have found that if you start your day healthy…the rest of the day tends to be healthy too. So, yeah, smoothies are in our life for the long haul and the addition of smoothies is also the first thing I suggest to anyone asking me “where to start” in a healthy living journey.
If you have scrolled down and looked at the ingredients, you will have noticed that there are beets in this bad boy. DON’T FREAK OUT. This smoothie is especially perfect for those of you who are beet skeptics! There is no earthy flavor. In fact, this smoothie tastes more like raspberry ice cream than anything beety. This is mainly because I suggest you roast the beets prior to adding them into the smoothie. The roasting process really makes the natural sugars in the beet comes to the surface and also cuts way back on the bitterness.
Is it an extra step in making a typical dump-and-blend smoothie? Yes….but it’s worth it. Trust me. Plus, roasted beets is pretty hands-off. You simply wash, trim and peel the beet (which takes 30 seconds) and throw it in a 375 degree oven for an hour. While the beet is hanging out in the oven, you are reading a book, having a dance party with your kids, or soaking in a hot bath. Easy peasy and then you are ready to blend up this lovely rosy concoction. Seriously, this smoothie is the perfect way to easy oh-so healthy beets into your life.
Inspired by my oh-so popular Power-Up Green Smoothie, this pinkalicious (you mamas and papas know what book I’m referencing) smoothie is meant to really “power-up” your body for the day. You will feel full of energy and your gut will be oh-so happy with your breakfast offerings when you give it this smoothie.
So, you should totally go and make it.
Why you want to add beets to your smoothie
Beets are plant rockstars, friends. Seriously. This beet smoothie rocks because not only is it easy to make, but its loaded with so much goodness from beets that it will blow your mind…like:
By adding beetroot to a smoothie, you also add: (source)
- Folate (vitamin B9) (this is helpful for cell and tissue growth)
- Manganese. (an essential trace element)
- Potassium. (good for heart health)
- Iron. (an essential mineral that is necessary for the transport of oxygen in red blood cells)
- Vitamin C. (something all us parents need oodles of in our diets)
Different methods for cooking your beet
Yep, you need to cook your beet. It will not only make it taste less earthy (and enhance the natural sugars hanging out in beets) but it will make it easier to digest.
It is something you can easily do ahead of time so that beet smoothie can come together quickly when hunger hits or on a busy morning.
But if you already have a raw beet in hand, there are lots of different ways to cook a beet. Some methods I have used are…
If you are like “NOPE!” when it comes to cooking beets because you simply don’t have the time, fear not! Most grocery stores have pre-cooked beets hanging out in the refrigerated section of the produce aisle. I even hear that Trader Joe’s has pre-cooked beets in the the freezer section! Talk about a time saving hack!
Other kid-friendly beet recipes
- Pink Beet Pancakes
- The BEST Beet Hummus
- Fudgy Beet Gluten Free Brownies (vegan)
- Homemade Strawberry Beet Fruit Leather
Kid-Friendly Pink Beet Smoothie
- 1 cup plain yogurt (I used coconut milk yogurt to make this non-dairy, but you can use whatever yogurt your family prefers)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds optional
- 1-2 tbsp nut butter of choice
- 1-2 frozen bananas (start with 1 and add another if you need it sweeter)
- 1/2 -1 small beet, cooked and peeled (how much to adds depends on comfortable you are with beets. For your first time adding them to a smoothie, I would suggest starting with 1/2)
- 1-2 cups frozen raspberries or strawberries to taste
- 1 cup milk of choice or water
- Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend.
- Add extra milk/water (if needed) a little at a time until desired consistency is reached.