Pretty in Pink Veggie Smoothie

Pretty In Pink Smoothie // The Spicy RD I’ve got two things to tell you about this pretty in pink veggie smoothie

One, it’s a cheaters smoothie, which is makes it super quick & easy to make. {More on the cheating in a wee bit…}

And, two, you’d never know it by looking at it, but it’s got greens in it!!!

And, you know how much I love my green smoothies-right?!

Trouble is, some people get a little turned off by seeing green in their smoothie.

Honestly, I don’t know why when, with just the right combo of greens, you can get a gorgeous minty shade of green like this…

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Or a brilliant shade of green like this…

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Sometimes though, some green smoothie combinations, albeit delicious, can turn out a little murky, like this…

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And that’s when you need to resort to making your green smoothies another shade that’s not so, well, green.

If you have gorgeous, purplish blue, anthocyanin rich blueberries, you can make this…

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Or, if you have ruby red beets, and fresh red Swiss chard with gorgeously hued stalks like this…

Red Chard // The Spicy RDYou can fake it, and make a pretty in pink veggie smoothie like this…

Pretty in Pink Veggie Smoothie // The Spicy RD

Pretty in Pink Veggie Smoothie

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 main course serving or 2 side servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup {firmly packed} chopped red chard, including stems
  • 1 cup cooked red beets *
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup/sweetener of choice, optional
  • 1 scoop protein powder of choice, optional

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

Notes

For the beets, you can roast your own {especially if you have leftovers from another meal}, or do it the "cheaters way" and use prepackaged beets.

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Pre-cooked beets from Trader Joes // The Spicy RDPre-cooked beets, like these from Trader Joes, make this smoothie super quick and easy to make!

Pretty in Pink Veggie Smoothie // The Spicy RDAnd, in case you’re wondering jut what this pretty in pink smoothie is all about, let me give you the nutrition scoop

  • Rich in betalains {phytonutrients}, betanin and vulgaxanthin, {Study up! There will be a spelling test at the end of this post!!}, beets may provide antioxidant, antinflammatory, and detoxification support.
  • Recent studies have shown that betanin pigments may lessen tumor cell growth, providing protection against certain types of cancers including colon, lung, breast, and prostate.
  • Red Swiss chard is also rich in betalains to provide additional antioxidant, antiinflammatory, and detoxification support, and is an excellent source of vitamins K, A, C, and E, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and iron, and a very good source of calcium and other vitamins and minerals.
  • Naturally gluten-free, and vegan if vegan protein powder is used. One {main} serving also provides 5 grams of fiber.
  • Warning!  Don’t be alarmed if your, ahem, poop turns a little red after chugging down a pretty in pink smoothie :-)

Bottoms up!

Have you ever tried beets in a smoothie?  Are you turned off by green colored smoothies? Have you ever experienced the red poop phenomenon? What are the phytonutrients in beets and red Swiss Chard and how do you spell them???

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Comments

  1. I love beets, and the smoothie sounds delicious. Plus, it’s beautiful! I think the kid would be excited about it rather than stating that the smoothie is so “green” or so “ugly” (the browner versions I make) again. :)

  2. Sounds wonderful. I miss beets so much. They contain fodmaps, as you know, and they are one food I can’t seem to even have just a small amount of without getting pain. It stinks! Pun intended…. Either way, I love the idea of adding them to a smoothie!

  3. I love smoothies but I do get why some people are put-off by the color. These, however, are SO gorgeous – no one could resist these. And love that they have so much good stuff in there!

  4. Have beets. Will make! Love the rainbow of smoothie colors too….and straws!

  5. Okay, what color have you missed? Orange? Yellow?! I’ve made murky smoothies and brightly colored ones. Aren’t they the best?

  6. OOhh!! I just love those beats from TJ’s!! I’ve been eating them in salads. My only experience with a beet smoothie though was less than satisfactory, so I’m eager to give yours a go. We’ve been having veggie/green smoothies/Drinks every morning. I’m going to make this for my husband!

    • Sorry your beet smoothie experience has been less than satisfactory so far Kim :-( The beet flavor can be really strong sometimes, but the Swiss chard and ginger in this smoothie help to mellow it out :-)

  7. What a pretty color!
    I have yet to use beets when it comes to juicing or smoothies. After reading your post, I need to try!

  8. Love how pretty and nutritious this pink smoothie is EA! I’ve never tried Swiss chard in a smoothie – great idea!

  9. I love green smoothies, but hey, I love pink smoothies too! I love smoothies in any color, in fact! My husband loves beets, but I’ve yet to put them in a smoothie. I might have to try this soon! :)

  10. your the smoothie queen :-_

  11. Such a smart idea to throw in red chard!

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