I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. The weather was overcast here, which actually turned out to be a good thing for my productivity, as I wasn’t as motivated to go and enjoy the outdoors as I normally would have been. I tend to get distracted by the good weather. Anyone else?
On the topic of weather, though, I drink way more smoothies and eat way more smoothie bowls in the summer months. Heck, spring in Charlotte equates to 90 degrees, so I’m already scarfing them down at a rapid pace. Whether it be as a post workout snack or a meal in itself with all the toppings, my body is craving the cold liquids more and more.
We’ve been pretty conscious about including more beets in our diets, especially since we’re an avid running household and they have some advantageous benefits on enhancing blood flow. I had a bunch of beets as a result of my most recent Produce Box, and figured I’d try my hand at putting them in a smoothie. I’ve seen it done before, but I always doubted the power of a liquidfied beet taste. Until I made this.
And c’mon – you can’t deny the power of a beautiful smoothie color. It turns on your taste buds a little bit more, am I right? Or maybe it’s just me.
Anywho, you use banana for your natural sweetener, and you can add a tablespoon of honey, but it’s not completely necessary. You do get a little beetiness taste, but not in a bad way. It’s not the earthy beet taste you’d imagine, it’s more of the subtle, sweetened taste because beets are sweet.
The beets pair really well with tropical flavors. I’m going to go out on a ledge and say you can drink this outside on your porch/patio, put a little umbrella in it (dare I say you could add rum?), read a book, and pretend you’re on vacation. Especially, and I stress this especially, when topped with coconut chips, berries, granola pineapple, mango, etc.
And, I fooled ya’ll big time. Because there’s even a cup of spinach hidden in there and you’d never know. So not only are you getting all the phytonutrients and fiber from the beet, but the spinach is adding additional Vitamin A, Vitamin K and folate, promoting healthy cells. And not to mention the ample Vitamin C from the mango will keep your immune system strong through this allergy season! And, unlike juices, which extract all of the fiber, smoothies are great ways to get nutrients in and keep the fiber.
There isn’t a ton of protein in this shake, so if you wanted to have it as a meal replacement or just a protein-packed snack, you could easily add a scoop of greek yogurt or protein powder. I think vanilla would be your best bet, to really make sure you don’t lose the tropical flavors.
Beet the Heat Tropical Smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 medium beetroot peeled and diced
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 tbsp honey optional
Peel and dice beet, and place all ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor.
So, go ahead and treat yourself to this refreshing liquid concoction. If you’re feeling a smoothie bowl, or just want to thicken it up, you could add in a few tablespoons of oats, or an extra half frozen banana and a little less liquid!
What are your favorite smoothie toppings?
Does the color of the smoothie change your perception in any way?