My name is Kristin and I’m a recovering beet-hater.
Growing up, beets were a big no-no. They weren’t eaten, discussed, thought about, end of story.
They were the “You know Who” of food.
One didn’t speak their name.
For 28 years I did everything in my power to avoid the red, earthy vegetable at all costs.
I’m not really sure where the sudden urge to try a beet came from. Maybe watching one too many Office episodes? Thank you Dwight Schrute for providing me with a respect and intrigue for beets. Maybe a new found desire to try new foods? Maybe the fact I grew an entire plot of beets in my backyard garden? What was I thinking?
I finally gave in and tasted my first beet.
Where have these tasty roots been hiding?
I instantly fell in love and have been making up for 28 years of zero beets. Dustin has even made a few comments about the beet kick I’ve been on lately. Another beet recipe? I have 28 years to make up for. Bring on the beets.
One of my favorite ways to prepare beets is roasting a handful and adding to smoothies. A few minutes of prep work on a Sunday, roasting beets, guarantees I have beets to toss in smoothies for quick breakfasts and snacks all week long.
Today, I am sharing my favorite beet smoothie. A delicious blend of strawberries and beets with the probiotic goodness of yogurt.
- 1/2 cup roasted beets see instructions
- 2 cups strawberries
- 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt
- 2 TB honey
- 1 banana
- Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
- Trim the tops and tails off the beets and cut in half. Place on a large sheet of foil. I usually roast three large beets for the week.
- Drizzle beets with olive oil and cover with the remaining foil.
- Bake for about an hour or until beets are soft when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- Once cool, peel off the skins.
- In a storage bag combine beets and 1/2 cup orange juice. Store marinated beets in the fridge for up to a week.
- Place all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
I have been going through all your beet links, I know total stalker hahah, I recently purchased some pretty large beets at our farmers market. Just have a question with what to do with the beet stalks/ leafy heads?? I would hate to throw them out. Thanks!
Adding beets to toss in smoothies with strawberries is a great idea to help us advoid losing our voice since it tightens our throats when we drink beets juice. Thank you for giving a great recipe.
Can u use beets in a can ?
Hey Tess, Yes, you can :).
Do you add the orange juice with the beets? Or is it just to sweeten them first?
Hey Susan, The orange juice is a marinade for the beets. You can definitely add the juice to the smoothie.
Thank you!! I was struggling to find the “how” for including beets. All I’d been told was they should be roasted. Nothing about how long they’d keep, how to roast them, etc. Leave it to you to have all the answers! Xo
Awesome, Katelin! I hope you love them. I’m glad the post was helpful :).
This looked like a good way to use up some beets from our CSA, so I tried it! I roasted the beets and added the orange juice like the recipe calls for. I made one last week and one today, and I’ll probably get one more smoothie out of what I roasted, which was 3 medium-small beets. I’ve been freezing the leftovers into ice cube trays. It’s mostly good and I feel like I’m drinking something really good for me, but it kind of tastes like dirt. It’s not terribly overpowering, but I can still taste it. I’m also pregnant right now, so my senses are on overdrive, but I still feel like it’s not as sweet as it should have been. Maybe my beets weren’t roasted long enough? Any thoughts?
Hey Lindsay, Yea, beets can definitely add a dirt taste to foods, and being pregnant with a heightened sense of taste and smell probably only increases that. You could try adding a couple bananas to the smoothie to play down the beet taste and play up the sweetness. Maybe add some cinnamon, too?
I just happened across this post and immediately ran downstairs to make myself a blueberry and banana smoothie with a jar of homemade pickled beets I received for Christmas. It turned out so delicious. Thank you so much for the idea!
Awesome idea, Adrienne! Enjoy!!
Just ran across this recipe as we are just getting into smoothies. This was great! I also threw in a handful of kale for some greens. Great combo!
Hey Sarah, Yum! What a great addition. I’m so glad you enjoyed the smoothie.
I know this is an old thread but I was just curious why do you roast the beets first? I have always made a very similar smoothie but with raw beets, just assuming the nutrition was better when raw. But maybe you know something that i don’t. 🙂
Hey Heather, I prefer the taste of roasted beets vs raw, but this would work perfectly with raw (shredded) beets too. The nutrients are about the same, to my knowledge. Some veggies are actually more nutritious when cooked and easier for the body to digest, such as kale. But, I believe raw vs cooked beets are about the same on the nutritional scale.
Thanks for this, a tasty way to incorporate beets into your diet! I used raw beetroot and Greek yogurt.
I want to try this soon! As soon as I get some more berries!! 🙂 I LOVE to roast root veggies, (butternut squash, sweet or red potatoes…or both, carrots) onions, garlic and beets, coconut oil, salt/pepper. It is AMAZING!! I also hear they are good roasted with some feta on top. But I haven’t tried that yet. Thanks for the recipe!!
Yummy! Feta and roasted beets would be amazing!
Just made this for myself and Amelia. Delicious! (Amelia said , “It IS good!”)
Me too! I love beets and can’t wait to try!
I am so excited to try this! I love beets and have been on a mission to try and find different ways to eat them. My 2 yr old loves when I make “smoobies” so I think she will love this too. Thanks for the recipe!
I love finding different ways to use beets too! I can’t wait to hear how your 2 year old likes it. My kiddos love this smoothie…I was a surprised.