Are you ready to expand your taste buds to other greens aside from spinach? Then, you need to try beet greens which resemble the texture of Swiss chard, but with a more mellow flavor.
In comparison to kale, they don’t taste as bitter and their taste can be masked easily by any sweet fruit.
My search for other greens started when I got hooked on smoothies. I want to take in more greens in a more tasteful manner and smoothies are the best way to go. If you want to know of some great beet greens smoothie recipes, then continue reading below.
What You’ll Need
Beet greens are a good addition to the rotation of your greens in a smoothie because its mild taste can easily be hidden by the sweetness of your fruit ingredients.
Its taste is closer to spinach, so you can use either one interchangeably. Just like any other green leafy vegetables, this is packed with nutrients, like zinc, fiber, and antioxidants.
The best way to use beet greens is to have them fresh as possible. You can tell that they’re fresh if their leaves are crisp looking and not droopy.
They should look tender and have a vibrant green color. Before you use them in the smoothie recipes, let them rinse under cold running water.
All the beet greens smoothie recipes presented here will need water to serve as the liquid base. Liquid is essential to add consistency to your smoothie and help the blender pulverize the ingredients well.
Filtered water is your best choice if you want the profile of your ingredients to stand out. This is also cheap and readily available at home.
Additional Ingredients Needed
For Recipe 1
A frozen papaya makes up the creamy base of your smoothie. It is naturally sweet so you can omit the sugar. For convenience, you can cut the papaya into cubes before you freeze them overnight so you can immediately toss them in the blender.
Orange lends a citrus flavor in your smoothie. If you want to get fiber other than vitamin C from this fruit, it is best to blend it whole rather than to use its juice counterpart.
Adding this in your smoothie helps you lose weight as it is sodium-free and contains a negligible amount of calories
Alternatively, you can use two small tangerines for this specific recipe. They have that sweet-tart taste that is preferred by many. Just like orange, they’re sodium-free and low in calories.
Fresh or Frozen Pineapple
To add a tasty sweetness to your beet greens smoothie, you need some pineapple. This juicy fruit can be a great source of nutrients, like vitamin C for better immunity and manganese for strong bones. If you like your smoothie to be extra thick and chilly, use frozen pineapples.
The celery stalk will help reduce the sweetness of your smoothie. Adding a stalk doesn’t add a vegetable taste so it can be a great ingredient to this recipe. This vegetable is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin K, and calcium.
For Recipe 2
Apple acts as one of your base fruit along with banana in this recipe. Although this might not be as creamy as banana, this can lend a deeper flavor to your smoothie as it offers the right mix of tart and sweet flavor. This is a healthy ingredient as it contains fiber and vitamin C.
If you like to add a little tart flavor to your smoothie, use a green apple. If you like it sweet, use red apples. To add this in your smoothie, make sure that you have peeled, cored, and diced them up for better blending process.
Frozen or Fresh Blueberries
Blueberries will serve as a flavor fruit for this smoothie recipe. You can have them frozen or you can use them fresh. They taste citrus-like but they have that sweetness which makes their taste more like a concentrated pear or apple.
They have a low glycemic index which makes them ideal for those who are watching for their blood sugar levels. Best of all, they’re packed with antioxidants which protects you from the damaging effects of oxidative stress.
A frozen banana is greatly needed to make your smoothie thick and creamy. Their natural sweetness saves you the necessity to add sugar. To make it more convenient, freeze slices of bananas the night before you plan to use it.
To take your smoothie to the next level of flavor, you may add a pinch of cinnamon. This goes well with smoothies using apples and bananas because it spices them up.
Aside from additional flavor, it can also offer more health benefits as it is shown to help people with type 2 diabetes by reducing cholesterol and high blood sugar levels.
To pulverize your fruits and vegetables into fine pieces, you need a high-speed blender. Any brand with more than 1,000 watts powerful motor is great. It might also best to use a large capacity blender to make one single batch serve for many people. At least look for a 64-ounce pitcher capacity.
What I use is the Vremi Professional Kitchen Blender with a 1,400 watts motor and a 64-ounce pitcher capacity.
Glass to serve
You need a glass to contain your finished smoothie. Any glass will do fine as long as it’s clean. If you seek convenience, you can use a mason jar which allows you to carry it around everywhere with its handle and airtight lid.
A knife is needed to cut your fruits and vegetables into pieces. You may also need it to peel your apples and pineapples. A versatile knife which can cut and peel fruits at the same time is preferred, just like any 5-7 inches Santoku knife. It should have a comfortable grip so it won’t slip in your hands while using.
Don’t forget to prepare a cutting board so you can let your fruits sit comfortably as you slice them up to smaller pieces. You can use any cutting board in the kitchen, but it would have been better if you own a bamboo cutting board. A bamboo cutting board is easier to clean and eco-friendly as compared to its plastic and wood counterparts.
Recipe 1- Papaya-Citrus-Beet Greens Smoothie
This recipe tastes sweet with the papaya but gives a strong punch of citrus flavors with the pineapple and orange. To cut back the sweetness of pineapple, a celery stalk is added. If you like to take a great share of vitamin C, then this smoothie recipe is perfect for you.
- 1. Prepare the Ingredients
- 2. Blend and Serve
For this recipe, you need one cup of frozen papaya that are peeled, seeded, and cubed. You’ll also need one orange that is peeled and carefully sectioned. To section an orange, you need to use a cutting board and a knife to remove the skin and the pith or the white part of the orange. You can see how it’s done in this video.
Prepare half a cup of pineapple, that are peeled and cubed. You can watch how it’s done in this video.
You also need two cups of chopped beet greens, one celery stalk, and 4 ounces of water.
In a blender, pour the water, frozen papaya, orange, and pineapple. Hit the pulse button or start with low speed until all ingredients are lightly blended. If you see that the ingredients are forming into a sludge, you can add the chopped beet greens and celery stalk.
Blend on high for not more than a minute or until the mixture has gone smooth like silk. If you find the texture too thick, add a bit of water and blend for a few seconds. Pour the finished smoothie in a glass of your choice and serve.
Recipe 2-Apple-Banana-Blueberry-Beet Greens Smoothie
This smoothie will taste great like an apple pie as it contains apple and cinnamon as ingredients. You’ll also taste the sweet, creamy banana and the tartness of blueberries. Together, they pack a burst of flavors in your mouth without hinting the taste of beet greens.
- 1. Get Ready with the Ingredients
- 2. Blend and Serve
You need eight ounces of water, half a teaspoon cinnamon, half a cup of chopped beet greens, one cored apple, half a cup of blueberries, and the half of a frozen banana.
To core your apple, use a cutting board and knife to cut it into quarters, remove the core, and peel like in this video.
In a blender, pour the water and add the frozen banana, apple, blueberries, and cinnamon. Hold and press the pulse button to incorporate the ingredients well. After that, you can add the chopped beet greens and blend on high for about a minute. Pour the contents into a glass and serve right away.
Tips from the Experts
Use ripe fruits in season
Relax Nation suggests using ripe fruits in season as ingredients for your smoothie as they taste better. These fruits also reach their nutritional value at this time. If your smoothie comes out too sweet, toss a pinch of salt.
Don’t overfill your blender
Healthy Smoothie Headquarters discourages filling your blender pitcher too high because this might affect its blending efficiency. To blend well, follow this sequence- liquid, base fruit, fresh fruit, leafy greens, and finally the frozen fruit.
Start Making Beet Greens Smoothies Today!
Did you have fun making your smoothies at home? Thanks to this information I can now prepare more green smoothies other than spinach. Now, I can use beet greens together with some other great fruit combinations. Just remember to get your own high-speed blender.
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