Beet Orange Smoothie
This vegan beet orange smoothie is a perfect drink to enjoy for it’s immunity-boosting benefits during the Fall and Winter months. It’s high in vitamin C and other antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to help keep your immune system at it’s best. You’ll need spinach, zucchini, beets, orange, vanilla protein powder and almond milk to make it.
Beet Orange Smoothie Ingredients
- Beet. Beets are one of the healthiest most nourishing and detoxifying foods you can eat. I eat them often in everything from salads to soups, to smoothies and even desserts. Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, key minerals like potassium and manganese, as well as the B vitamin folate and of course, plenty of fibre all of which can help lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of disease, detoxify the blood and liver, strengthen the immune system and support brain and bone health. I used one small raw beet in this smoothie.
- Orange. I like to keep my freezer stocked with frozen orange slices for throwing in smoothies. Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C of which a good intake is associated with a reduced risk of cancer and a healthy immune system. The fibre in oranges can help to keep blood pressure in check, lower cholesterol and promote healthy digestion and their carotenoid content, much like carrots and sweet potato, makes them a good food to eat for healthy eyes.
- Zucchini. I also like stocking my freezer with raw, frozen chopped zucchini for adding to smoothies. Zucchini adds volume, fibre and nutrition to smoothies without adding extra sugar or calories and their mild flavour is masked by whatever you mix them with. I don’t peel my zucchini for smoothies but if you have a sensitive digestive system, you may want to consider peeling and/or steaming them before freezing to improve digestibility.
- Spinach. Dark, leafy greens such as spinach and kale are very nutrient-dense and an easy way to sneak in more nutrition to smoothies. You can use any leafy green such as kale, spinach or arugula.
- Almond Milk. I used unsweetened almond for the liquid in this smoothie but you can use any plant-based milk of choice, water or coconut water.
- Vanilla Protein Powder. Like all of my smoothie recipes, I added 1 scoop of plant-based protein powder to this smoothie. This packs in 20 grams of protein which could come from sources such as hemp, brown rice, pea, quinoa, millet, amaranth and even pumpkin. I really like the ingredient list of the Iron Vegan Sprouted Protein as well as SunWarrior and North Coast Naturals. Look for a protein powder without artificial flavours, colour or sweeteners and a short list of organic ingredients. You can also do a plain protein powder such as organic hemp protein, plain pea protein, plain soy protein or brown rice protein but in this case, I’d recommend adding something else to sweeten the smoothie such as a frozen ripe banana or some fresh dates. For more info on vegan protein sources, check out my post on the best sources of plant-based protein.
For more information on the best vegetables to add to smoothies and how to use them, check out my vegan smoothies e-book.
Creamy Beet Orange Smoothie
This beet orange smoothie has been on repeat at my house for weeks. It’s easy to make with just a few simple ingredients, tastes amazingly fresh and flavourful and is a great way to sneak in nutrition but feel like you’re enjoying a treat.
This smoothie does have a beet flavour to it so if you’re not a big fan of beets, I’d suggest adding the optional half frozen banana for a little extra creaminess and sweetness. I love it with and without the banana. The subtle beet flavour is really nice with the hint of orange. Just make sure you blend it long enough so its’s smooth and creamy and the flavours are completely combined.
If you have a Vitamix or other high-powered blender you’re good to go, if not you may need a little extra liquid and time to get it nice and creamy. I can’t recommend Vitamix enough so if you don’t have one but have the means to invest in one, do it. It’s a smoothie game-changer. I have a refurbished Vitamix which was just under $400. I know that seems like a lot of a blender and I put off buying one for ages for that very reason but it really is so worth it. You can get one on Amazon here.
I love this smoothie made as a smoothie bowl topped with blueberries, cacao nibs and granola. To make it as a smoothie bowl, reduce the liquid to 1/2 cup then slowly add more as needed until you’re able to blend it into a thick ice cream-like consistency. Scoop it into a bowl and enjoy with your favourite smoothie bowl toppings.
I also have a strawberry beet smoothie bowl recipe if you want to try that one.
Smoothie Nutrition Details
One serving of this delicious beet smoothie provides 258 calories with 35 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fat and 25 grams of protein. You’ll also be getting 11 grams of dietary fibre with more than your daily required amount of vitamin C, 60% of your daily calcium needs (if you use fortified plant-based milk) and 32% of your daily iron needs. It’s also rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Add More Calories
This smoothie is more healthy dessert or snack-sized than filling enough for breakfast. To make it more substantial, I would suggest the following additions:
- make it a smoothie bowl and top with granola, berries and either cacao nibs, almond butter or coconut
- 1-2 tbsp of almond butter
- 1-2 tbsp of ground flax seed or chia seeds
- 2-3 tbsp of hemp seeds
- 2-3 tbsp of unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup of raw cashews or almonds
- 1 small frozen banana
- use light coconut milk instead of almond milk
More Healthy Smoothie Recipes
For more healthy smoothies like this one, try my:
Mixed Berry Smoothie // Strawberry Mango Smoothie // Sweet Potato Smoothie // Chocolate Cherry Smoothie // Chocolate Banana Smoothie // Lemon Blueberry Smoothie // Kale Spinach Smoothie // Green Monster SmoothiePrint
- 1 small chopped beet (100 g)
- 1 cup chopped and frozen zucchini rounds (100 g)
- 1 small peeled and frozen navel orange (100 g)
- 1 small handful of fresh spinach or kale (25 g)
- 1 cup almond milk or plant-based milk of choice
- 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder of choice (30 g)
- optional: half a frozen banana (60 g) for extra sweetness and creaminess
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and start blending on low. Slowly increase speed, continuing to blend until it’s completely smooth and creamy. You may need to stop a few times to mix it. Give it a bit longer than you think it needs to allow all the flavours to mix together and the beet to completely mix in.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy.
- This smoothie does have a hint of beet flavour to it so if you’re not a big fan of beets, I’d suggest adding half a frozen banana for extra sweetness.
- To make this as a smoothie bowl, add the optional frozen banana, reduce the liquid slightly then blend on low until it’s thick and creamyh, scoop into a bowl and enjoy with a spoon.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 258
- Fat: 4 g
- Carbohydrates: 35 g
- Fiber: 11 g
- Protein: 25 g