Apple Carrot Beet Smoothie
You can tell this apple carrot beet smoothie is brimming with antioxidants from its vibrant red color! This delicious combination of beets, ginger, carrots, orange, and apple delivers a range of flavor in a satisfying juice drink to enjoy at breakfast or as an afternoon pick-me-up.
If ever there was a nutrient-packed smoothie the equivalent of “drinking your veggies” it’s this one. Low in calories but high in vitamins and minerals, the ingredients in this smoothie are brimming with anti-inflammatory, digestive, and immune-boosting benefits.
While I love using cooked beets to make my roasted beet hummus or roasted beet and kale salad, blending them raw in a smoothie is a whole different experience! They are earthy and sweet at the same time, and truly deserve their “dirt candy” nickname.
So pick up the freshest beets and carrots you can find to ensure you’re getting the best nutritional bang for your buck, and whip up this smoothie. Your body will thank you.
Apple Carrot Beet Smoothie Recipe Video
Want to see how easy it is to make this smoothie? Watch the video below!
Apple Carrot Beet Smoothie Ingredients
Just 5 simple ingredients and a high-powered blender is all you need. Here’s what’s in this smoothie:
Red Beet: adds a sweet and earthy flavor and ruby-red color; you can use a yellow beet instead for a golden-colored juice.
Apple: I used a Granny Smith apple here but it’s fine to use any apple you like or have on hand.
Carrots: contribute a subtle sweetness and additional fiber.
Fresh Ginger: adds a bright and spicy note.
Orange Juice: provides natural sweetness to balance the other ingredients.
Find the printable recipe with measurements below
Should You Peel the Vegetables?
It’s really up to you. There’s no need to as long as you wash the beets, carrots, and apple well and give them a good scrub. The skin contains additional fiber and will turn this into a thick and luscious smoothie. Sometimes I’ll just do a rough peel to remove any darkened bits. But I do usually peel the ginger, as the skin can sometimes be tough. If you’d prefer a less thick and fibrous smoothie, then by all means, feel free to peel the fruit and veggies.
Tips for Healthy Smoothies
The best smoothies are made with top-quality ingredients chosen for their intense colors and flavors. Pick up a selection of vegetables and fruit that suit your palate and play around with add-ins to maximize your smoothie’s health benefits.
- Buy good quality ingredients. Look for high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables from your grocery store or farmer’s market. You want ingredients that are firm and feel heavy for their size, and not dried up or bruised.
- Stick with a healthy liquid base. I used freshly squeezed orange juice and water to help the blender work its magic. Coconut water is always a great option as well.
- Boost with superfoods. Try adding ground turmeric, cinnamon, maca powder, or bee pollen to amp up nutrition.
More Nutrient-Packed Drinks
If you’re looking for more refreshing ways to drink your nutrients, give these smoothies and other beverages a try!
- Jamu Juice (Turmeric Ginger Drink)
- Chocolate Collagen Smoothie
- Best Green Smoothie Recipe
- Pineapple Turmeric Smoothie
And if you want lots of nutrients, but a thinner texture, my green juice is for you.
Apple Carrot Beet Smoothie
- 1 red beet, medium, trimmed, cut into 2-inch chunks
- 1 apple, any variety, cut into 2-inch chunks
- 3 carrots, ends trimmed, cut into 2-inch chunks
- 1 orange, juiced
- 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
- 1 cup cold water
- Place all ingredients in the pitcher of a high-powered blender, and blend until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Use the tamper if needed.
- Pour the smoothie into glasses and enjoy right away, or chill in the fridge to enjoy later.
- Before trimming and cutting the beet, place a sheet of parchment paper on your cutting board to prevent staining.
- As the juice sits, it will separate. Just give it a good shake or stir well before serving.