Beet Blueberry Kale Smoothie



Hey there e’erbody.

If you like beets – and I know some of you out there do – you’re going to love this kale smoothie. It tastes ri-dic-ulously good. I mean, ALL the smoothies on this site taste good of course; I don’t post a recipe if it isn’t highly delicious – but trust me I tested a lot of different configurations of beets and other things, and this one tastes the best.

Plus, as always it will give you a pleasantly-surprising jolt of energy, and leave you feeling like you just ate a complete breakfast. What could be better than that? Absolutely nothing in the world.

So please enjoy this recipe, and if you are so inclined, don’t hesitate to tell me what you thought in the comments below! I also welcome constructive criticism, or ingenious modifications you want to share.

For example, after I made this video I was experimenting further and found that – if you add a half-cup of frozen cherries to this smoothie – it is delicious beyond belief. I didn’t think it could get better, but there it was. Even better.

Alright – enough hyperbole. Enjoy and thanks for visiting my site!

-Paul

Beet Blueberry Kale Smoothie
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Serves: 1-2
If you like beets, you're going to LOVE this kale smoothie recipe.
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1 medium-sized, raw beet
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 leaf kale
Instructions
  1. peel ginger
  2. peel beet
  3. add ginger and beet to blender and blend a little longer than you think necessary. The key here is to blend the beet smooth before you ad the other ingredients.
  4. peel banana
  5. de-stem kale
  6. add all ingredients to blender, blend and serve!

 

Transcript

Hey y’all, what’s up.

Today I’m going to show you how to make a beet blueberry kale smoothie.

For those of you who don’t like beets, I’m gonna show you how to LOVE ’em, because I’m gonna make ’em delicious.

Alright, let’s get started! First thing I’m gonna do is take the skin off some ginger, here.

In case it’s your first time watching, the reason I use a spoon to take the skin off is – if you do it with a knife, you’re gonna take a lot of the interior ginger meat ALONG with the skin, usually – but if you use a spoon, it only takes off the skin, and it leaves the vast majority of the interior meat behind. That’s why.

O-kay. Chop it up a li’l bit…

Here’s how we’re gonna treat this beet: Use a peeler, and you just take the skin right off. This is a raw beet, didn’t cook it at all. Raw beets are great for you, I think they’re delicious, but for some reason a lot of people don’t like ’em. I don’t get it. I think the texture turns some people off, I dunno.

But speaking of texture, that is a big challenge with a beet in something like a smoothie, because the beet tends to give the smoothie kind of a chunky, ruddy texture, and I’m gonna show you how to counteract that.

Okay so we’re just gonna chop this down a little bit, make it a little easier for the blender to pulverize it.

The way we’re going to keep the beet’s tough texture from making the whole smoothie have that texture is by blending it first, and then blending everything else later.

Oh, you know what? I didn’t run through the ingredients this time! I just realized I forgot the blueberries.

Text on screen: INGREDIENTS RUN-THROUGH:

  • Frozen blueberries
  • Beets
  • Ginger
  • Coconut Oil
  • Banana
  • Apple Juice
  • Kale

Dammit. [beat] I just pulled the blueberries out of the freezer, so I’m gonna put those right here.

Alright, so let’s put in a little apple juice. That’s about half a cup.

And now we’re gonna blend the heck out of these beets. Blend it just a little longer than you think you need to, and then you’ll be fine.

Now we’re going to put in the banana. And not only is the banana going to sweeten the mixture, but it’s going to help it texturally as well, and make it sort of smoother and silkier. [to self, mockingly] “Silkier.” [correcting self] Smooother.

We’re going to put in the blueberries now, frozen blueberries. Blueberries make it sweeter, and fill out the beet flavor better, and the fact that they’re frozen makes it cold. So that’s good.

[blends mixture] Now I’m gonna give it a little taste. [tastes it] Tastin’ GOOD.

I’m gonna put just a little bit of coconut oil in there, because it sweetens it too, and it makes it really delicious. And it’s really good for you. So that’s like a tablespoon.

[tastes it again] Mm-MMH!

Okay: Finally, we’re gonna put in the kale. Alright. And we are done.

The color is beauuuuutiful. Alright, beet blueberry smoothie.

Cheers!

39 thoughts on “Beet Blueberry Kale Smoothie

  1. This weekend, I had riluucdois smoothie cravings, but I was traveling and had zero blender access. This recipe is giving me cravings all over again but happily, I’m back home and can make one for breakfast tomorrow!Maddie recently posted..

  2. I’m glad you finally got some blender access, Mahesh, and glad my recipe is renewing your cravings now that you have it! Keep in touch and let me know if you have any suggestions or requests!
    -Paul

  3. joe preston on

    Hey Paul,

    This is just what I was looking for but I’m going to use up my spinach instead of the kale. I’ll let you know.

  4. This is my first Kale smoothie Very good…did not have coconut oil ..put a little whole coconut in it also berry juice instead of apple juice

    • Hi Gail,

      I’m honored that one of my recipes was your first kale smoothie! I’m sure the whole coconut was great texture and taste-wise, and as long as the berry juice had a little sweetness to it, I’m sure the smoothie turned out great. Thanks for writing!

      -Paul

  5. Melani Morris on

    Yum! Just had the beet blueberry smoothie. Delicious! I used the greens from the beets instead of kale, because I had read that you could do that, and they were there staring at me 🙂 You should publish a book with all your recipes. They are great!

    • Melani,

      I’ve been planning to do an ebook, but I keep putting it off. Thanks for the inspiration!

      -Paul

  6. Nancy on

    Hi! Is it possible to use kale that is already chopped up in a bag from like Trader Joes or does it have to be kale with the stem/leaf intact?

    • Hey Nancy,

      Kale chopped in a bag is totally fine for smoothies. The stem is the most bitter part, so if you can, try to cut that part out.

      -Paul

  7. Cailen on

    This was my first kale smoothie, but it won’t be my last. So delicious! Thank you for sharing.

    • Hi Cailen,

      I’m so glad you liked the recipe, you’re welcome! I hope you find some more you like, too. Let me know how it goes!

      -Paul

  8. Cheryl on

    Hi Paul! I’ve been looking for some kale smoothie recipes and I’ve found 3 from your site that sound amazing! I plan to get the ingredients tonight and make all of them this week. I was wondering if there’s a big difference between using fresh and frozen blueberries. If they’re in season isn’t it best to use fresh?

    Thanks Paul!

    • Hi Cheryl,

      Thanks for the nice compliments! I am so glad you are liking the recipes.

      There is certainly a difference between fresh and frozen blueberries – both in flavor and texture (not to mention temperature, of course) – but I don’t think that frozen are inherently any less great than fresh. In fact, I use frozen more often, because fresh are in season a limited part of the year. And personally, I don’t like to buy fresh blueberries when they’re not in season, because it probably means that artificial means had to be employed to produce them in the off-season, but what do I know.

      For me, the ideal situation in a smoothie is a combination of fresh and frozen, because they are both so good, and so good together! With fresh ones you can feel the texture of the soft skin between your teeth, and with frozen, of course they make your smoothie nice and chilly. So both is best, if you ask me!

      -Paul

    • Hey SOnja,

      No such thing as a silly question, not on this site. The main difference between juicers and blenders is that juices remove the pulp from the liquid of a given fruit or vegetable – serving you only the liquid – and blenders don’t remove anything. Thus, after using each tool, you are left with two distinctly different viscosities of solution. Hope that helps!

      -Paul

  9. Kathryn on

    You inspired me yesterday and FOR FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, I bought beets. I also picked up some Tuscan kale while I wait for mine to grow in my fall garden. I do have one question: how many cups does one leaf of kale equate to in your recipes? Tuscan kale leaves are huge. So long, in fact, that they hang out of the crisper drawer. Cups would help me better gauge how much I need. thanks.

    • Hi Kathryn,

      Well I am very honored – this is a momentous occasion in a young woman’s life. Beets are great, if prepared correctly!

      Regarding kale, as you know its leaves come in a WIDE variety of sizes, depending on the type. And depending on my mood, I usually use somewhere between 1-2 cups. I’m just guestimating, however, because I usually just throw a bunch of leaves in there and call it a day. Hope this helps!

      -Paul

  10. Kelly on

    I am so happy that I found your site. I recently started juicing, making smoothies and venturing out to the world of raw/vegan way of life. I love that you do videos along with providing the recipes.

    This isn’t my first Kale smoothie, but I was looking for other recipes and I’ll try this one this morning although I don’t think I have any coconut oil.

    Thanks again and looking forward to trying more. Oh and thanks for the tip on peeling ginger.

    Kelly

    • Hi Kelly,

      Hey thanks for all the kind words! I’m excited you’re getting started w/the kale smoothies. What did you think of the beet blueberry?

      -Paul

  11. I just wanted to Thank You for the great recipe’s! I have yet to make one of your’s that hasn’t been absolutely delicious and really enjoy the different mix of ingredients. But this one is my favorite because I too love beets and kale is also one of my favorite greens. Keep the delicious stuff coming and when that e-book makes it’s way out be sure to let us know.

    • hey Danny,

      Thanks so much for the kind words! I try really hard to make sure all my smoothies taste really good, so I appreciate your saying so. And thanks for the encouragement on the ebook; I’m working on it but it’s not as easy as I thought it would be…! Either way, I’ll keep you posted.

      -Paul

    • Hi Shawn,

      You can do anything you want! Personally I’m not strawberries’ hugest fan – and I don’t think they have a TON of flavor profile in common so I’m not sure about subbing them out if you’re trying to achieve the SAME FLAVOR as blueberries – but if it tastes good to you, go for it! Thanks for writing!

      -Paul

  12. Hey, just been looking for some kale smoothie recipes to try out as I’ve heard about the great benefits about kale, finally stumbled across your website and decided to try this on out. It really does give you a boost! It tastes amazing and it feels soo good knowing I’m putting something healthy in me! Thanks!

    • Hi Elly,

      Yes it does, doesn’t it? I love feeling full and knowing I did the right thing – best of both worlds. Oh, plus feeling energized – best of all three worlds! Thanks for writing!

      -Paul

  13. This reciepe is really really good – I did not have all of the ingredients so I substituted peaches for pears and left out he coconut but it was still really good – Can’t wait to try it with the coconut.

    • Hi Donna,

      Thanks for the kind words! I have been consistently surprised how well a lot of these ingredients sub out for other ingredients. Thanks for sharing!

      -Paul

  14. judith on

    what kind of a blender are you using….mine doesn’t do beets well at all.Love my kale smoothies but the beets make it a “chunky” with my blender. Thanks

    • Hi Judith,

      I’m using a Blendtec ES-3 (See my review here: http://kalesmoothierecipes.com/review-blendtec-es3/). It’s a monster and it blends everything very well. I used to have a lower quality blender, and in order to make things like beets smooth in the final smoothie, I always did one of two things:

      1. cook the beets first. Bake them for 40mins to an hour, let them cool, and then chop them into bite-size chunks and drop those into the smoothie while it’s blending. Nice and smooth.

      2. Grate them raw, with a cheese grater. I never would have thought of this, but a friend showed me and it’s miraculous! When raw beets are in shredded form, they will coalesce very well with whatever other ingredients you have.

      Let me know if that helps or not!

      -Paul

  15. Vony on

    My first kale smoothie. My second taste of kale. My fist taste of kale was totalling disgusting – nobody told me to de-stem it before cooking and it was bitter as anything.
    As for the smoothie – so amazing. Will have as often as I can. Tastes awesome. Thanks Paul

    • Hi Vony,

      Hey I’m glad to have had a hand in making you enjoy kale, thank you! As far as cooking it, depending on which spices or other ingredients you mix in, you can take away a lot of the bitterness without de-stemming it. Even if you make kale chips – which is super easy, just toss some kales leaves in olive oil and sea salt (not too much salt), spread them out on a baking sheet and bake for 10 mins at 350 – they taste great and require no de-stemming! Raw kale’s stem is the most bitter.

      Thanks for writing!

      -Paul

  16. Going to get all the ingreients and try this smoothie. Thanks so much for all the help and ideas.

    • Cali,

      You are very welcome! That’s why I’m here. Thanks for writing, it makes my day every time someone finds any of my content useful. Cheers!

      -Paul

  17. Tried this as one of my first smoothies from your site, but my blender just didn’t cut it, and I ended up with lumpy, undrinkable smoothie 🙁 so sad…but in saying that it’s the only smoothie on your site that has failed on me

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  19. Anna Shapiro on

    This is insanely good. Like, mind blown. I have experimented with so many kale smoothies and this is probably the best one that I have tried especially because I loooove beets. I froze the kale and the banana ahead of time, and doubled up on the kale. The coconut oil an ginger give the smoothie a really nice touch. My only concern is the apple juice (tons of sugar). Would I really compromise the taste if I use water instead of apple juice? Any other less sugary substitutes?

    • Hi Anna,

      I’ve learned that apple juice has indeed got tons of sugar in it. What you can do instead is just use water and add Stevia, which will achieve any level of sweetness you want. Try that and let me know if it’s any good!

      Thanks for writing,
      -Paul

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