Beet Blueberry Smoothie with Kefir

This is a variation of our kefir smoothie base recipe. A kefir smoothie is a great way to start your morning, fuel a workout, or satisfy a craving for something cold, creamy, and sweet! This beet blueberry smoothie is full of nutrients to promote a healthy heart and a sharp mind!

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Culinary Tips for the Best Beet and Blueberry Smoothie

To cook the beets, start by cleaning them with a vegetable brush if possible. Place unpeeled beets in a baking dish, add water to cover ¼” of the bottom of the beets, then cover with foil. Bake at 375ºF until easily pierced with a fork. Cook time will depend on the size of the beets; plan on ~40 minutes for a large beet. Cool slightly, then peel.

If you want to make this blueberry beet smoothie for breakfast and are in a time crunch, place all of the non-frozen ingredients in your blender’s jar and place it in the fridge the night before. Add the frozen ingredients in the morning and blend!

If your beet smoothie is too thick after blending, add more liquid. If it is too thin, add more fruit or ice.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Banana: substitute avocado or mango to maintain the creamy texture; a mango blueberry beet smoothie would be delicious!
  • Blueberries: substitute frozen strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, or a mixed berry blend.
  • Kefir: substitute ½ cup plain regular or Greek yogurt and ½ cup milk/milk alternative.
  • Honey: substitute maple syrup or agave nectar.
  • Fresh Ginger: substitute ¼ teaspoon ground ginger to make a beet blueberry ginger smoothie.

Recipe Variations

This recipe for beet blueberry smoothies is super versatile, so feel free to customize to YOUR taste!

Add a handful of leafy greens to make either a beet blueberry spinach smoothie or a kale beet berry smoothie. Kale is slightly bitter, whereas spinach has a more subtle flavor. 

Add chia seeds, ground flax, or avocado for a blueberry beet protein smoothie. 

Need some kefir smoothie recipe inspiration?

Use our base recipe as a guide or try out these other tasty variations!

Kefir Smoothie Base Recipe

Banana Berry Kefir Smoothie

Strawberry Kefir Smoothie with Oats

Which Blender is Best for Smoothies?

Any blender will work! While a Vitamix probably makes the creamiest smoothies, any full-size blender, single-serve blender, immersion blender, or even food processor will do the job.

Health Benefits of Beet & Berry Smoothies

This beet berry antioxidant smoothie is packed with nutrients! Banana, blueberries, beets, and kefir are the star ingredients in this berry healthy smoothie recipe.

Banana

Bananas contain fiber and potassium. The natural sugar in bananas (and all fruit) does not count against your daily sugar budget. Aim to include fruit in all of your meals so that you fill up on beneficial vitamins, minerals, fiber, water, and phytochemicals!

Blueberries

Blueberries are rich in nutrients and phytochemicals which may promote cardiovascular health, decrease cancer risk, and improve cognitive function. (1, 2, 3) Including them as part of a balanced diet is a good step to take towards health.

Beets

Beets are a highly nutrient dense food and contain compounds that provide anti-inflammatory, chemoprotective, and antioxidant effects. These compounds and others may reduce blood pressure, improve cardiovascular function, and increase exercise performance and capacity. (4, 5)

Kefir

What is kefir? What kind should you buy? Kefir is a fermented milk beverage – basically a pourable yogurt drink. It is high in probiotic cultures, which makes for a happy gut. We recommend buying plain varieties to avoid added sugars and organic, if you can afford it. Select a fat content that works with your overall diet. If you tend to consume a lot of foods high in saturated fat (i.e. lots of animal products), a low-fat or fat-free variety is the best choice. If you limit saturated fat in your overall diet, whole milk varieties are okay. For more information, check out our ingredient guide.

Serving Suggestions 

Serve beet blueberry banana smoothies for breakfast, snack, or even dessert!

Kefir smoothies can be a meal on their own or can be an accompaniment to a healthy breakfast. Pair with our overnight oatsenergy bites, or granola for a satisfying meal.

Will Smoothies Keep in the Fridge?

You can keep leftover smoothies in the fridge and enjoy the next day. They can hold for longer than a day but will often begin to separate. Shake before drinking.

Want more healthy breakfast recipes?

Check out these easy, healthy breakfast ideas!

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Beet Blueberry Smoothie with Kefir
Prep Time
5 mins
Beet Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

A kefir smoothie is a great way to start your morning, fuel a workout, or satisfy a craving for something cold, creamy, and sweet! This beet blueberry smoothie is full of nutrients to promote a healthy heart and a sharp mind!

Course: Breakfast, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine: American
Yield: 2 smoothies
Ingredients
  • 1 large ripe banana (~1 cup)
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup kefir
  • ¼ cup beets, cooked (~1 small)
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger (optional)
  • 5-6 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

To cook the beets, start by cleaning them with a vegetable brush if possible. Place unpeeled beets in a baking dish, add water to cover ¼” of the bottom of the beets, then cover with foil. Bake at 375ºF until easily pierced with a fork. Cook time will depend on the size of the beets; plan on ~40 minutes for a large beet. Cool slightly, then peel.

 

If your beet smoothie is too thick after blending, add more liquid. If it is too thin, add more fruit or ice.

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