Confession: I’m kind of a baby when it comes to smoothies. Put something in front of me that’s loaded with chocolate and tastes like a milkshake, and I’m down. Give me something with even the slightest amount of veggies, or worse, a smoothie that’s actually the color green — get ready for some kicking and screaming.
I would rather eat my veggies, thank you very much.
I have one exception to this rule — beets! I discovered a few years ago that I didn’t mind throwing a beet into my smoothie at all. In fact, the pretty red color actually makes it more appealing. Told you I was a baby about this.
Aside from a pretty rouge hue, beets add a nice dose of nutrition and a wee bit of sweetness to a smoothie. Can you actually taste the beet once it’s been blended up with everything else? Yes, but really just as an earthy undertone. Trust me. This is coming from a lady who can barely stomach even a single spinach leaf in blended form.
When I created this particular beet smoothie I was going for something reminiscent of an orange Creamsicle, only much lighter and cleaner. A frozen banana blended up with some orange juice did the trick. To give this smoothie some extra flavor (and nutrition), I went and fancied things up with ginger and cardamom, both of which go deliciously with the creamy texture and citrusy flavor of this drink.
Orange Cardamom Beet Smoothie
Fresh beets add nutrients, flavor and a burst of color to this creamy, citrusy smoothie.
- 1 small (5 ounce) beet, peeled
- 1 large frozen banana
- 1 (1/2 inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- Place all ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the pitcher as needed.
For an extra creamy smoothie, use just 1/2 to 3/4 cup of orange juice.