Would you ever in a million years guess that this smoothie has a whole two cups of kale in it? It’s not even the teeny tiniest bit green. It’s like an undercover green smoothie. Totally stealth and totally freaking badass.
I mean, just LOOK at the beautiful, vibrant color of this Berry-Beet Smoothie. I could ramble on about the color of it all day loooong. Colorful food makes me feel all happy and giddy and like I’m winning at life.
But the awesome color of this smoothie isn’t the only thing that it has going for it. It’s also loaded with tons of healthy ingredients like berries, beets, chia seeds (hello Omega-3’s!) and kale. It’s super filling and satisfying. And it has a really unique, earthy, slightly sweet flavor that I find somewhat irresistible.
Smoothies shouldn’t be labor intensive (the only one who should be working hard here is your blender!), so I don’t mind taking a few shortcuts if I can. I opted for pre-frozen mixed berries (which are also more economical this time of year since berries aren’t in season) and those ready to eat beets that you can find packed in the refrigerated produce section of your grocery store. But you can certainly cook and peel your own beets if you prefer. And if you have fresh berries you want to use, I recommend placing them in your freezer for a couple hours before blending them up, which will help to keep your smoothie thick and frosty.
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 3/4 cups water
- Juice from 1 lime
- 2 cups kale leaves, roughly chopped
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1/2 cup cooked and peeled beets
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- Add the chia seeds, water and lime juice to your blender. Let this sit for about 10 minutes.
- Add the remaining ingredients to your blender. Blend on high until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.
Wow, I definitely would not have guessed that there is two cups of kale in here! Love the pretty color and flavor, Liz! Such a great idea to combine beets and berries. Yum!
Thanks, Gayle! XO
I LOVE beets but have never actually added them to smoothies! I’m sure it tastes amazing and the color is so pretty!
Oh you gotta try it out! So good! You’ll love it, Ashley!
Um, can we make these in Deer Valley?!!! xoxo
Eets so beautiful. And that color! How did you not mention how beautiful that color is? 🙂 Plus, beets are just the most delicious and underrated vegetable out there. Huge fan.
I know. I should have talked more about the color! 🙂
STOP.IT!! I feel like I’m looking in the mirror right now, haha! We’ve both got beets in our smoothies. Ugh, I love us. P.S. I for reals need to add kale to my beets smoothies, too. for.tha.win!! Slurp!
I love us too! We are awesome! Ha ha ha! XOXO
LOVE the color of this smoothie. I’ve NEVER mixed beets in my smoothies before—can you believe it? Feeling like I’ve been living under a rock this whole time!
Yes I am surprised! I know you’ll love it once you try it!
Stealth and totally freaking badass. yeah, that’s how I like my smoothies too!! 🙂 the beets are genius!!!
Ha ha! Thanks, Alice! XO
This is so pretty! I can’t wait to try it!
Undercover greens are badass! Love. Them. And so is the color of your smoothie! Frozen berries save my life in the winter… every summer I vow to freeze more and more and more… so now I have to buy a garage freezer because my kitchen freezer is bulging… I’ve got months to go before berries are in season again!! I can’t do without them! And beets with kale… whaaaaaa. So, so delicious! Thank you Liz!
Thanks, Traci! One of my favorite things when I lived in Seattle was ALL the blackberry bushes. I would collect all summer and then freeze them away. It was great!
Love this! I am always trying to find new ways to sneak in some healthy ingredients to smoothies and I never imagined that beets could camouflage greens like this!
Beets are great camouflage! Thanks, Tori!
Gosh, I’m totally with you- the color is gorgeous! Colorful food totally makes me happy too. Also I never knew you could buy already peeled and cooked beets, and I LOVE beets, so I think you maybe just changed my life. 🙂
Oh yes, it’s so much easier. Great for days when you’re feeling a bit lazy!
Oh you sneaky thing! I love that the kale is in there and I don’t see it. Beets are just amazing in smoothies. Their color is amazing.
Ha ha. I’m super sneaky! Thanks, Z!