Tropical Beet Banana Smoothie

  May 2, 2019  |  #Breakfast

This Beet Banana Smoothie is a healthy, antioxidant-packed smoothie option, great for after a workout, packed with banana, mango, raw beats and spinach. You won’t even taste the spinach in this beet spinach smoothie. 

I feel like my smoothie intake goes way up in the spring and summer. You too? Something about warm weather makes me crave these cold, refreshing beverages more. And this tropical raw beet smoothie meets all of the refreshing smoothie criteria. 

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 (this tropical orange smoothie is like a creamsicle!).

So, the next time you’re thinking about beetroot smoothie ideas, remember this beet smoothie recipe!

What’s in A Beet Banana Smoothie?

  • frozen banana – natural source of sweetness
  • frozen mango
  • 1 medium beetroot (or 1/2 cup canned beets)
  • almond milk (I used vanilla)
  • vanilla extract
  • spinach or kale
  • honey, optional – provides some additional sweetness and disguises some of the beet flavor
  • Coconut chips, optional (for topping)

Smoothies with frozen fruit and greens and smoothie recipes with greek yogurt are my favorite kinds of smoothies! Full of protein, calcium, Vitamin D, probiotics and more, they can be so fruity and refreshing. 

Beet Banana Smoothie with mango served in wine glass

Unlike my greek yogurt smoothies, this beet pre workout smoothie is a wonderful option BEFORE a run or workout. Since it’s lower in protein, your muscles can use the glucose more quickly and efficiently for exercise. 

This Beet Smoothie Recipe Is Full of Nutrients

Not only are you getting all the phytonutrients and fiber from the beets, 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!

Unlike juices, which extract all of the fiber, smoothies are great ways to get nutrients in and keep the fiber.

Out of an ingredient? This beet banana smoothie can be really forgiving and easy to make substitutions with. Don’t have spinach? Use kale! Or omit the greens completely. 

Don’t have honey? Try maple syrup!

You can also use fresh bananas and mango, rather than frozen. But, I would recommend adding ice if you do so. 

Beet Banana Smoothie topped with granola | Bucket List Tummy

Can You Use Fresh Beets in Smoothies?

Definitely. I love using fresh beets in smoothies because it decreases their messiness, compared to cooking or baking with them. Plus you still get all the nutritional benefits!

However, if you prefer not to use fresh beets, make a canned beet smoothie recipe just as easily. You can use about 1/2 a cup of canned beats. 

Smoothies with beets and spinach may not sound very enticing, but trust me, not only is this beet banana smoothie full of nutrients, but it’s extra tasty and you can’t even taste the spinach. 

Can You Use Beet Greens in Smoothies?

Yes, don’t waste them! They are full of several nutrients, like Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Vitamin K. 

Rather than a kale spinach beet smoothie, you could totally substitute the spinach or kale for beet greens if you so choose. 

I had a bunch of beets from our recent CSA, 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 liquified beet taste. Until I made this.

beet spinach smoothie topped with coconut flakes | Bucket List Tummy

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.

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 for a race day nutrition plan.

How To Make This Beet Spinach Smoothie

This beet smoothie recipe couldn’t get any easier. Just add all of your ingredients to a high speed and powerful blender (I highly love and recommend the Ninja) and press start. 

Add fun toppings, like coconut chips, fruit, maple cinnamon granola, nuts/seeds or raisins if you like. 

 

There isn’t a ton of protein in this beet smoothie recipe, 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 protein powder would be your best bet, to really make sure you don’t mask the tropical flavors.

Tropical Beet Banana Smoothie

Tropical Beet Banana Smoothie

Yield: 1 smoothie
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This Beet Banana Smoothie is a healthy, antioxidant-packed smoothie option, great for after a workout, packed with banana, mango, raw beats and spinach. You won't even taste the spinach in this beet spinach smoothie. 

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 medium beetroot, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1-2 tbsp honey, optional
  • Coconut chips, optional (for topping)

Instructions

  1. Peel and dice beet, and place all ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 435Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 320mgCarbohydrates: 97gFiber: 12gSugar: 75gProtein: 10g

 

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29 responses to “Tropical Beet Banana Smoothie

  1. Yum, so many fruit servings in one go!! Frozen mango is a very favorite of mine. It tastes a lot like ice creams!
    I’ve been craving smoothies more often in this heat too. Especially after a run!

  2. Oh yesss! Cannot wait to make this. I’m not a smoothie person, but definitely the warm weather will bring in a few smoothie bowls. And I’ve always wanted to try beets in one, so this is perfect. Do you cook the beet or dice it up raw?? Also – your pics are looking fab.

    Love what you did with the title there… you clever gal.

  3. My goodness, so much gorgeousness in one picture! Im not a huge fan of beets unless they are juiced or in a smoothie, and I also hate having to cut them. I spiralized one once and got red stains EVERYWHERE. Apparently Im not very clean in the kitchen lol

  4. What a great smoothie! How fun to add beets! I’ve never done that in a smoothie! But it looks SO good! Thanks for sharing and I hope that you have a great week!
    xoxo Cailee!

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