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Un-beet-able Berry Smoothie

Kid-approved recipe with berries, pineapple and colorful beets is quick and fun to make!
Kid friendly
Glasses of purple fruit smoothie.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes: 4 cups
Nutrition Facts: View label

Ingredients

1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup low-fat plain or vanilla yogurt (see Notes)
1½ cup fresh or frozen berries (any type; see Notes)
½ cup beets (cooked from fresh or canned and drained)
1 small frozen banana (optional)

Directions

  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
  3. Blend until smooth and serve right away.
  4. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers within 2 hours.

Notes

  • Try adding ½ teaspoon vanilla if you use plain yogurt.
  • Try using 1 cup strawberries and ½ cup blueberries.

Comments

I made this tasty beet smoothie in a 6th grade class where about 1/3 of the students said they'd never tried beets. It was a big hit! They loved the taste and color. We used the refrigerated packs of pre-cook unsalted beets.  

I substituted golden beets and papaya because I was trying to be extra stealthy about the beet by changing the color, and I am happy to report that my beet-avoidant teen drank a few ounces before he could even detect the beets. By then he was convinced, so I call my "sunny unbeetable" smoothie a win!

I did a super secret ingredient smoothie challenge with the kids who loved the smoothies and loved guessing the ingredients of the other smoothies. This one was one of the favorites among the options and it was such a good time!

I sampled this beet smoothie recipe with a large group of athletes, emphasizing the play on words...beet/beat...and they got a kick out of it as well as really liking the taste.

This is one of my favorites to make with kids because many kids are skeptical about beets at first, but then they love the recipe when they try it!

One issue I've found when making this recipe is that the only canned beets I can find have salt added. I recently made it with fresh beets that I boiled to soften them, and that seemed to be a bigger hit than when we made it with canned beets. The beets found in refrigerator packs may work better if they are unsalted. All in all, I love this recipe. The color is beautiful and it's a great way to add the nutritional benefits of beets into our diets!

I made this smoothie up for 5 different classes at an elementary school.  I set the scene by telling the students that there is a total of 5 ingredients used to create the smoothie that represent 3 food groups.  I explained I wanted them to take their time sampling the smoothie and really try to figure out what each flavor was and from what food group.  I did this to help ensure the kids were not prejudice against the smoothie before trying the sample.  85% of the kids enjoyed the smoothie and were not bothered about beets being a ingredient after trying it.  In fact, one student was just amazed how much she enjoyed the smoothie because beets alone she can not stand!  

I am so excited to try this recipe! I love beets! 

This is one of my favorite smoothie recipes, and I love that it has fruit AND veggies!

What a fun way to eat beets!  This recipe is very sweet.  My kids say it tastes like jelly.  They have no clue we put beets in there.  You can also use fresh beets that add a really interesting "earthy" flavor.

Family not crazy about beets?  Just add a small ripe banana and two ice cubes.  Serve and ask them to name the ingredients.  They will NEVER guess the beets!   We have added this recipe to our Morning Smoothie line-up!

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