Workout - or just work- got you beat? Get back on track with this beet smoothie!
Yes, we know, beets aren’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when you finish a workout, but they’re not just good for the immune system (hello ABC juice!) - they could also help your body recover from exercise or a hard day.
Beets have a surprisingly dense nutrient profile, and they play well with berries and other red fruits. Add some complete protein powder to the mix and you get yourself a natural energy drink that tastes great too!
That’s what this beet smoothie recipe is all about. And even when beetroots are not your favorite root vegetable, the berries in the recipe mask the flavor while adding their own dose of healthful nutrients and antioxidants. But, you’ve still been warned: Our berrylicious smoothie could turn you into a beet lover.
It’s seriously tasty.
Using only four ingredients, you can whip up an energizing, detoxifying, and protein-rich drink that tastes a little like blueberry ice cream. It’s rich in fiber, low in sugar, and looks good in those Insta #foodgoals photos, too!
I’m Beet: A Post-Workout Beet Smoothie for All
This velvety smoothie is bright, rich, and fruity, with up to 42.5 grams of protein per serving. When you exercise regularly, you can easily drink three to five or more shakes a week; this colorful combination will help you keep things interesting.
- 1-2 scoops of Organifi Complete Protein
- ½ cup fresh blueberries
- ⅓ cup of sliced, cooked beets
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Toss all the ingredients in a blender
- Blend until smooth
- Serve and Enjoy!
Each serving has:
- Protein: 22.5 to 42.5 (for two scoops)
- Fat: 10.4g
- Saturated Fat: 6.5g
- Carbohydrates: 26.8g
- Fiber: 6.5g
- Sugar: 11.1g
Note: Even though you only need four ingredients, we recommend that you boil the beets in advance or buy them pre-cooked from your favorite health food store.
Freeze the mix for up to two weeks to keep the nutrients and feel free to change up the berries you use. Frozen blueberries or a mix of raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries are all good options to experiment with, try to use the same proportions in the recipe to keep your smoothie balanced.
This is also a super fun way to shake-up your protein intake, especially when you’re learning how to use your Organifi products and don’t know what to mix and match your protein power with. If you’re a pro who has been with our family for a while, this recipe may inspire you to create your own protein + beet smoothie recipes.
Why Beets Post-Workout?
Beetroots, the star of this recipe, are not just rich in naturally occurring chemicals called nitrates, a gas that supports blood flow and energy production. Some studies suggest that nitrates help blood reach muscles during and after exercise.
But even if nitrates weren’t in the picture, beets are rich in Vitamin A, C, B6, Niacin, Riboflavin, and Thiamin. Additionally, beets provide some of the most beneficial micronutrients for muscle growth and recovery magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, and copper.
Another reason to give these smoothies a try after breaking a sweat is that you’ll be in great company: US Athletes, including Olympians, drink beet smoothies post-training. As reported by several publications, including The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and Shape Magazine, some athletes drink beet smoothies or beet-based juice after resistance training to improve endurance.
Antioxidants and Complete Protein for Recovery
In addition to the replenishing vitamins and minerals listed above, our beet smoothie recipe incorporates blueberries. This is an antioxidant-rich fruit that helps the body fight oxidative stress that leads to tissue decay.
When we exercise, we put the body through stress - albeit the good kind. During the process of creating and using the energy needed to lift weights, jog, spin or hold downward dog for 8 breaths, our body releases free radicals.
Free radicals are electrons, and they don’t like being alone, so they try to pair themselves up and effectively “attach” themselves to healthy tissue (muscle, skin cells, or internal organs) and damage the healthy structure.
The more antioxidant-rich food we eat, the better. That’s because antioxidants neutralize free radicals, and the healthy stores coming from our food help the body balance both oxidative and antioxidant forces. This helps to keep us younger and healthier longer.
One cup of blueberries also has 24% the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C, 36% Vitamin K, and 5% Vitamin B6.
Consuming complete protein is essential for muscle growth and maintenance. Our dairy-free protein powder is 100% plant-based, certified organic, and Non-GMO. It contains all the necessary amino acids to grow muscle and has healthy enzymes added for better absorption. It also doubles as a multivitamin adding Vitamins A, D, E, and B12 to the mix.
Available in two delicious flavors, our Vanilla Protein and Chocolate Protein powders can both be used with this beet smoothie recipe; the vanilla leads to a fruity milkshake-like drink, while the chocolate reminds us of red velvet drinks.
Play around with your options and have fun with it.
You don’t need to be training like an Olympian to need an extra spring in your step, what with work, kids, and just everyday life - we could all use some energy.
Our beet smoothie recipe might give you just that. It’s remarkably vibrant, creamy, pinky-hued, and it truly tastes like a blueberry milkshake! Share this smoothie with a friend and tag us in your creations; we love to see them.