This year I’m committed to drinking more smoothies. Since the start of January I’ve made one a day—whether it’s for a quick breakfast, a naturally sweet treat, or a healthy meal to help me reset after a few days of indulgent eating. They always seem to satisfy.
What I love about smoothies is that they taste great and they pack a serious punch of vitamins and minerals, all in one drink. They make it easy to sneak some extra veggies into my day. Plus, the ingredient combinations are endless.
In honor of my healthy obsession, I’m declaring this week Smoothie Week and sharing 5 of my favorite smoothie recipes! But before we get into the recipes, we need to chat about the blender I’m using to make them—the one, the only, Vitamix. This machine is a BEAST, and I mean that in the best way. It’s unbelievably powerful—so much so that I’ve started to wonder if it wouldn’t blend rocks into fine sand. Before I got this powerhouse blender, I couldn’t imagine it would make that much of a difference. I wondered how it could possibly be worth hundreds of dollars.
I have the Vitamix Ascent Series A2500, but the Vitamix 5200 Series is a little less expensive, sold on Amazon, and just as much of a workhorse.
I’ll tell you right away, it is worth every precious penny. Once you use it, you know why. There’s a good reason why my favorite recipe sites and people everywhere swear by this brand of blenders—it can do anything.
All of my past blenders now seem weak and puny in comparison. They could never process kale without me having to open the lid once or twice to mix and push the ingredients toward the blades at the bottom. Sturdy veggies, frozen fruit, and ice cubes never blended into a completely creamy smoothie. Instead, my results were pebbly, with little chunks of greens and ice left unblended—and chewing bits of kale pretty much ruined the whole “sneaking in dark leafy greens” part of my smoothie game.
The Vitamix won’t stand for any of that. A few seconds of blending and you’ve turned even your toughest ingredients into the thickest, silkiest, creamiest smoothie. And it’s not just for smoothies, either. I’ve made hummus, banana ice cream (with frozen bananas), and even used it to blend a tomato soup!
Still, smoothies are my favorite. And this triple berry beet smoothie is just delicious. Here we go: Smoothie Week!
Triple Berry Beet Smoothie Bowl
This smoothie is a beautiful meal in a bowl. It’s both sweet and refreshing, made with strawberries, raspberries, beets, banana, baby spinach, and super creamy light coconut milk (the kind from a can, typically found in the Asian foods section of your grocery store). I like to pour it in a bowl top it with chia seeds, chopped almonds, blueberries, and unsweetened coconut flakes. The reason I love making smoothie bowls versus regular ol’ smoothies in glasses is because it’s fun to use a spoon to eat it (bonus: it slows me down a little) and the toppings add great texture.
I love sneaking a cooked beet into my smoothie because the somewhat earthy flavor of beets is masked by the sweetness of the berries and banana. The earthiness is tamed and I still get all the health benefits of beets—the phytonutrients, vitamin C, folate (a B vitamin), potassium, manganese, and more. For convenience, I used packaged cooked beets (Love Beets https://www.lovebeets.com/ brand, which I found in the produce section of my local supermarket). The same is true with the handful of spinach I add!
Feel free to use frozen berries and frozen banana (peel, slice, and freeze on a cookie sheet until firm, then transfer to a small plastic bag!). Note that if you do opt for frozen fruit over fresh, you can omit the ice! You can swap the canned light coconut milk for your favorite dairy or nondairy milk (I love unsweetened almond milk). And if you’re feeling it, switch up the kind of greens you use, just know that the more greens you add, the more the color of the smoothie will change from pink to purplish brown—not a bad thing, but not quite as pretty :)
Altogether, this smoothie bowl is loaded with vitamins (vitamin C in particular), antioxidants, fiber, and heart-healthy omega-3 fats. And with 348 calories, 12 grams of fiber, and 8 grams of protein, it will satisfy your cravings and nourish you ’til lunchtime! Enjoy!
And stay tuned for a new smoothie recipe every day this week!