I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate more vegetables (AKA “undesirables,” to some people) into meals. It’s even easier to do with kids if you can leverage the fun colors. A purple smoothie? Yes, please.(AKA “undesirables,” to some people) into meals. It’s even easier to do with kids if you can leverage the fun colors. A purple smoothie? Yes, please.

I was just thinking the other week about different ways to use the vacuum-packed beets in my pantry. When I received a Snapchat from my Aunt Michelle this morning showing her adding the gorgeous red root veggie to a smoothie, I knew exactly what I was having for breakfast.

Here’s the beet-filled purple smoothie I whipped up this morning.

The berries and banana in this smoothie really add some nice sweetness, and balance out the earthy flavors of the spinach and the beets — I promise. But if you’re nervous, feel free to use just one beet to start.

(Bonus: It’s a non-dairy smoothie recipe. But if you’re a fan of cow’s milk, just substitute.)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Beets, Cooked and Peeled
  • 2 Cups Baby Spinach (because I add spinach to just about every smoothie)
  • 1.5 Cups Rice Milk
  • 2 Cups Mixed Berries (I happened to have blackberries and raspberries on hand)
  • 1 Banana
  • 6-8 Ice Cubes

DIRECTIONS:

  • Blend spinach, rice milk, and beets until liquefied. (I always mix the harder to blend items with the liquid first, to minimize any chunkiness in texture)
  • Add berries and banana, blend thoroughly.
  • Add ice, blend again – then pour and enjoy!

This definitely makes one BIG purple smoothie, but it’s all good stuff, so don’t feel bad about not sharing. 

Have you added beets to a smoothie? What do you like to mix it with? And please feel free to spam me with other creative ways to sneak veggies into your breakfast, or any other meal. 🙂