There’s something so enchanting about cutting into a beet and seeing the varied shades of color and detail. I personally love red beetroot. Not just for its stunning look, but for its outstanding health benefits too.
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Beets contain the following nutrients:
- Vitamin B9
- Vitamin C
They’ve also been shown to help improve blood flow and increase exercise performance, and one of my favorite things they provide us with is the ability to relax.
How? Let me explain.
Beets contain something called inorganic nitrates, which the body turns into nitric oxide. Once this is done, nitric oxide is sent through artery walls giving the “relax” signal to our tiny muscle cells. After the signal is sent, our blood vessels dilate and our blood pressure lowers. Isn’t that cool?! I got that information from Healthline if you want to know more about beets.
The recipe below makes for an ultra beet infused smoothie bowl because I use both fresh beets and my favorite, Organifi Red Juice blend which taps into some of the additional benefits of beets plus more! You can view the red juice and get 15% off by following this link or using the code “beautiful” at checkout, however, I’m first going to give you a quick rundown of why I love this juice so much.
- It’s packed with powerful adaptogens and antioxidants. Adaptogens being non-toxic plants that help the body resist stressors of all kinds, and antioxidants being compounds that inhibit oxidation. We want this because when our cells are oxidized they produce free radicals which often damages our cells and in some cases, leads to cancer.
- Organifi Red Juice contains reishi mushroom, which supports sleep cycles and enhances mental clarity. The truth is, we all need to be getting better sleep right now because less rest is what leads to a compromised immune system.
- It tastes delicious and only has 1 gram of sugar per serving, which means no sugar crashes! Instead, this is the perfect afternoon superfood punch to give you lasting energy (without caffeine!)
- For every purchase of the Red Juice, Organifi partners with Vitamin Angels to provide nutrition to at-risk children around the world.
Aside from beets and reishi mushroom, some of the other ingredients in the red juice include:
Cordyceps: A medicinal mushroom with adaptogenic qualities. In 1993 the Chinese women’s track team was accused of using steroids when really, all they were doing was using cordyceps. Isn’t that crazy?! I want that kind of energy!
Acai: An Amazonian berry with 10x the antioxidants most fruits have with healthy fats that improve cholesterol and boost energy.
Siberian Ginseng: Another adaptogen found in Asia, that assists with immunity, fewer episodes of brain fog, and acuity. Over the last 50 years, it’s been used in Russia to balance hormones.
The reason I decided to pair fresh beets with a scoop of Organifi Red Juice for this smoothie bowl is that I wanted all the benefits listed above! We are living in a crazy time and every single one of us is being affected. Now—more than ever—is the time to be taking care of our bodies and giving them the nutrients they need.
I added a scoop of Organifi vanilla protein to help out with this too, which you can also get for 15% off following this link.
What I love about the protein is that it’s plant-based and still contains all 9 essential amino acids necessary for our cells to function, and it’s a complete multivitamin that includes digestive enzymes to improve digestion and better absorb nutrients. It’s also incredibly delicious and tastes like ice cream when in a smoothie.
Not going to lie, I described this bowl as vanilla beet ice cream.
Now, if you don’t like beets by themselves, I get you. They can be bitter and boring on their own. However, the almond butter, fruit, red juice, and vanilla protein powder in this smoothie bowl are what help balance out the bitter taste of beets.
The red juice alone has pomegranate, raspberry, cranberry, blueberry, strawberry, and the acai I mentioned earlier. Top that off with another cup of frozen berries and you’re in fruit heaven. A creamy, fruit heaven if you count the almond butter and protein.
This bowl will have you feeling pretty in pink, and satiated with over 20 grams of protein!
The one thing you will want to do beforehand is prepare your beets. Raw beets can be extremely tough on the digestive system which is why I like to cook mine prior to freezing them. You can do this a couple ways.
Option 1: Wash and cut into cubes, peeling off any rough patches and leaving the remaining skin on for extra fiber! Then, bake in the oven on a silicone mat or in a pan on parchment paper (plain) at 300-350 degrees in the oven until soft. Let cool and store in a container in the freezer.
Option 2: Wash and cut into cubes, peeling off any rough patches and leaving the remaining skin on. Then, boil on the stove until soft. Drain, let cool, and store in a container in the freezer.
Alright, now time for the recipe. If you give this bowl a try or have questions, leave a comment, send me an email, or reach out via Instagram. And if you find this smoothie bowl UNBEETABLE, I’d love for you to share this post with a friend or on your social media account(s).
So, without further ado ladies and gentlemen, your:
Unbeetable superfood smoothie bowl
Servings: 1 Prep time: 5 min. Total: 12 min
- 3/4 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen beets (per instructions above)
- 1 cup mixed frozen berries
- 1 heaping tbsp raw almond butter
- 1 tbsp flax seeds
- 1 scoop Organifi Red Juice
- 1 scoop Organifi Vanilla Protein Powder
- 1 big handful of spinach
- 1 cup of almond milk or coconut water (or a blend of both)
- Toppings of your choice!
- Stack everything in the blender from the top of the ingredient list to the bottom.
- Blend on high, stopping periodically to scrape the sides.
- Once the texture is smooth and thick and left without any clumps, put in a bowl and use the back of a big spoon to level and create a pretty swirl on top.
- Top with your favorites! Refer to the “Note” below for some ideas.
– Honey, although the red juice and protein are made with monk fruit, a natural 0 calorie sweetener that adds great flavor. The fruit also sweetens up the bowl, so it’s really just your preference.
– Ginger. I used a small amount of fresh ginger in my Berry Beet Bee Pollen Smoothie Bowl and I think it might be good in this smoothie too.
– I use a blackberry, cherry, strawberry, and raspberry blend for my mixed berries, but can use blueberries or just whatever frozen berries you have on hand.
– Frozen produce is what will make for a thicker smoothie. This isn’t necessary, yet it does make for a better smoothie bowl in my opinion.
– You may need to add more almond milk or coconut water halfway through blending. Just remember that more liquid equals a runnier smoothie consistency.
– For toppings, you may consider using blueberries, seeds, nuts, dried fruit, or whatever else you have on hand! I used Nature’s Path Organic Grain-Free Granola, shredded coconut, and 1/4 of a banana. The rest I froze for my next smoothie bowl!