This 4-ingredient Beet Smoothie with Cherries contains nutritious kefir and no added sugar. Enjoy as part of a healthy breakfast or snack anytime.
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!
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, so are ideal to pair with earthy tasting beetroot.
I added an apple into this beetroot smoothie for extra sweetness. If you are using a powerful blender simply core the apple and add into the smoothie unpeeled.
Beet smoothie with kefir
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. I use it also in baking, with great results. It worked fantastically in this cauliflower and cheese scones recipe, as well as my healthy chocolate buttermilk banana cake.
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!). We are definitely late bloomers when it comes to embracing what’s good for us.
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 good 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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Be sure to also check out my post on how to eat more vegetables for breakfast!
Beet Smoothie 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.
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I am bringing this Beet Smoothie with Cherries and Kefir to #CookBlogShare, hosted this week by Recipes Made Easy. Also sharing with G2BGF and Fiesta Friday, co-hosted this week by Suzanne @ apuginthekitchen and Kat @ Kat’s 9 Lives.