This simple, delicious 4-ingredient beet smoothie recipe contains nutritious, tangy kefir, sweet cherries and an apple. Enjoy as part of a healthy breakfast or snack anytime.
This beet smoothie with cherries and kefir is a delicious, healthy way to start your day. I used frozen cherries so the smoothie doesn’t need to be chilled before serving. Plus it can be enjoyed any time, not just when cherries are in season. Cherries are tangy and sweet, which makes them ideal to pair with earthy tasting beetroot.
Raw beet smoothie recipe
I am a huge fan of beetroot but until now I’ve only used it boiled, braised or roasted. Never raw. Raw beetroot is very tough so it doesn’t necessarily make the best salad ingredient. But it works in a smoothie!
What fruit goes well with beets
Beetroot has a sweet but also earthy flavour so it’s a good idea to pair it with sweet fruit. This is especially important in a smoothie where you use raw beets. I chose to use cherries along with the beets as they are intensely sweet and really improve the flavour of the raw beetroot. I used frozen cherries so the smoothie does not need to be chilled before serving!
Another fruit that works well with beetroot is apple which I added for extra sweetness. If you are using a powerful blender simply core the apple and add into the smoothie unpeeled. Pears also work well with beets and you could use a pear instead of the apple in this beetroot smoothie if you like.
Not only is kefir delicious it is also super nutritious. 100 ml of kefir contains only 3 g of fat and 3.9 g sugar. It contains a substantial amount of protein and important minerals such as phosphorus, potassium and calcium, as well as vitamins. It’s been around for 2 thousand years (believed to have originated in the Caucasus) and it’s finally becoming popular in the western hemisphere (about time!).
Kefir is one of the most delicious dairy products I know. It tastes fantastic on its own, is smooth and creamy, less acidic than yogurt, and with a touch of fizz, which really adds to its appeal. It’s simply ideal in smoothies, but not only.
How sweet is beetroot smoothie
This beet smoothie is semi-sweet but you can add a drop of maple or agave syrup if you like.
Also make sure you are using a powerful blender so that your smoothie isn’t grainy. I used my fantastic Optimum VAC2 Air Vacuum Blender, which not only produces silky smooth textures but also minimizes oxidisation. So it preserves the nutritional value and flavour of ingredients. You may want to read my brief review of this blender (get also my Special Readers Offer).
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Beet Smoothie Recipe with Cherries and Kefir
- 1 medium beet peeled, cubed
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 1 medium sweet apple peeled or not, cored, chopped
- 1.25 cup kefir use less for a thicker smoothie
- To make the smoothie place all the ingredients in your blender and puree until silky smooth. If you are using Optimum VAC2 Vacuum Air Blender simply press the 'smoothie' function. Serve immediately. Keep refrigerated in a bottle or jar. Consume within 2 days.