Start your day with this delicious and healthy mango beet breakfast smoothie. If you don’t think beets (like me) this smoothie just might change your mind.
Lately, me and Coach have been focused on upping our fruit and veggie game. We are by no means on any kind of diet as we still eat “normal foods” (including Christmas candy). We simply wanted to flood our bodies with lots of good stuff, the good stuff that only fruits and veggies can provide.
One of the easiest ways I’ve found to add more fruits and veggies to our daily diet is by drinking a smoothie. For those that have been long-time MHE readers (love you guys!) you’re very familiar with my love of smoothies.
I think of myself as a smoothie mad scientist, always trying new combinations. To be completely honest, I’d say that 50% of the time my smoothies taste good and 50% of the time, they just don’t. It’s always slightly entertaining to watch Coach’s response in the morning to my smoothie-de-jeur.
Through all my years of making smoothies, I had yet to crack the code on one big smoothie hurdle: making beets taste non-terrible.
See, I do not like beets. They taste like dirty feet to me and nothing I had tried so far (and I’ve tried a lot of methods) seemed to improve them in any way.
The Magic Combination
I’ve finally discovered the magic pairing with beets to make them taste, well, actually kind of good → frozen mango and banana.
These 2 tropical fruits are the PERFECT compliment to beets, providing natural sweetness and major nutrition.
Perhaps you are wondering why I care so much about trying to like beets. I mean, if you don’t like it, you don’t like it. While I don’t know if I’ll ever love beets, I do want to try to eat them more. Why? Because they are mega powerhouses of nutrition that benefit the heart, circulatory system, detoxification, and beyond! And the color — Beets have a gorgeous magenta color, known as betalain pigments, that make them quite unique amongst red and purple produce and provide antioxidant capacity.
Learning to like beets is worth-it from a health perspective, I assure you.
The other ingredients in this smoothie are super stars too. Mango, carrots, greens and banana provide additional vitamins, minerals and antioxidant capacity. Plus, the taste pretty great together. So great in fact, that this smoothie, beets and all, have earned the coveted honor of being approved by all 4 members of Team Braddock.
I aways like to boost my smoothies with some add-ins of super foods. To this smoothie, you can easily add the following:
- 1” fresh turmeric root – boosts anti-inflammatory properties
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric – same as above but easier to keep around
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed – increases fiber and could benefit cholesterol levels
- 1” fresh ginger root – boosts anti-inflammatory properties and made support join health
- 1 tablespoon Maca powder
- 1 serving spirulina powder
Here’s how you make my healthy Mango Beet Breakfast Smoothie:
- 1 small to medium size beet
- ¾ cup frozen mango
- ½ frozen banana
- 2 whole carrots
- 2 cups of leafy greens (romaine, spinach, beet tops, etc)
- 1 cup of water (give or take to give desired consistency)
- Put ingredients in blender in order listed.
- Blend for 30-45 seconds until very smooth. Add more water if needed to get smooth texture.
I’m curious how you feel about beets. Leave a comment and let me know.
Want more smoothie recipes? Check out all my recipes HERE.
Source: Beets. Available at: www.whfoods.com . Accessed on January 14, 2018.