10 Beet Smoothie Recipes That’ll Keep You Vitalized!
Looking for more ways to get beets into your diet? Their impressive nutritional benefits and earthy taste make them a great addition to smoothies.
Beets are full of nutrients and are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Folate, iron, potassium, vitamin C and fiber are just some of the nutrients you’ll get from adding beets to some of your smoothies.
Health wise, beets can improve your heart health, regulate blood pressure, reduce inflammation, support a healthy brain and even improve athletic performance. This makes them a secret weapon for a pre workout smoothie!
They’re also great from a weight loss perspective too. Beets come in low on the calorie front and still give you a lot of bang for your buck nutrition wise.
Whether you’re looking for energizing breakfast smoothies or a mid afternoon pick-me-up, we’ve got you covered. Read on for some delicious and super healthy recipes for creating beet smoothies.
10 Of The Best Superfood Beet Smoothie Recipes
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Want to learn more about the nutritional benefits of beets? Find out more about some of the nutrients you can get from consuming beets and which parts are safe to eat.
Are Beets High in Iron?
There is roughly 0.8g of iron in 100g of beets. This isn’t that high when you consider that the same amount of kale has around 1.6g of iron and the equivalent amount of spinach has 2.7g of iron.
Using beets in your smoothies can help you to add a bit more iron to your diet but you’ll want to team them with other foods that contain iron to get closer to meeting your daily needs.
Are Beets High in Potassium?
Beets have around 325g of potassium per 100g. According to the National Kidney Foundation, foods that contain more than 200g of potassium are classed as being high potassium ones.
This can help healthy individuals to meet their daily potassium needs of around 4,700 mg per day but it can be a problem for people who need to restrict their potassium intake for health reasons.
Are Beets Keto?
On the Keto eating plan, carbohydrates are restricted to between 20g and 50g per day.
A cup of beets contains around 5g of carbs so they can fit nicely into a Keto diet as they are considered to be a low carb food.
Great news if you’re on the Keto diet and are planning on making beet smoothies a fairly regular part of your life!
Are Beets Safe to Eat Daily?
Beets and beet juice are fairly high in nitrates. There is a bit of argument as to whether nitrates are dangerous to consume too regularly but you’re probably not going to want to consume the same smoothies every day anyway! Sipping on beet smoothies 2-3 times a week is probably okay.
One other thing to note about beet consumption is the potential for beeturia. This doesn’t happen to everyone who consumes beets but the betanin compound in them can turn your urine and/or stools red or pink if you have trouble breaking it down.
This is considered harmless but it can be scary as it resembles blood. Raw beets are likely to create a stronger color than cooked ones.
Are Beet Leaves Edible?
You can safely consume beet leaves, as well as the beets themselves.
The leaves of the beet are known as beet greens and they are classed by the US Food and Drug Association (FDA) as a vegetable in their own right.
You can eat them instead of leafy greens such as Swiss chard or bok choy, for example. An easy way to use them is to blend them in your smoothies as you would the rest of the beet or you can use them in cooking too.
Are Beets Safe in Pregnancy?
There are lots of benefits associated with beets. One of these is the folic acid content, which can help with healthy tissue development.
Including beets or beet juice in your diet while you’re pregnant can reduce potential for birth defects.
Plus, the antioxidant properties of beets can boost your immunity and the anti inflammatory action can protect against joint pain and swollen joints.
There are a few reasons why you may not want to consume beet too regularly during your pregnancy though.
The betaine content can cause nausea and diarrhea, while the nitrates can cause fatigue and weakness. If you’re prone to getting kidney stones, the oxalates in beets can make this more likely too.
Which Recipes Did You Like Best?
As you can see, there are lots of ways that you can enjoy the health benefits of beets in your smoothies. I’d love to hear your thoughts and which smoothies you plan to make next. Let me know in the comments!
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