There’s a b-word in this smoothie, the red veggie that people either love or profess to hate. Don’t ask, don’t tell, just blend–you are in for a brilliant delicious surprise. Cool, juicy and nutrition packed, this beet and watermelon red smoothie rocks with flavor and hue. It’s like wow, what am I tasting?
Did you guess the b-word? Yup, there’s a sweet beet in your smoothie and that bright violet red means anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and detox awesomeness.
Like I said, don’t worry about the beet; its earthy flavor blends with and complements the natural sweetness of watermelon and apple, both nutritional stars in their own right. Hydrating watermelon benefits kidneys and overall cardiovascular health. Apples—well—an apple a day…
Speaking of healthful, this potion comes with more than meets the eye. Turmeric, well-known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant prowess, hides here. But there’s no hiding the cayenne pepper–every luscious sip hints of cayenne’s stimulating, cleansing spicy heat.
This sipper reminds me of one of my favorite things about Mexico—the puestos selling fresh-squeezed juices in the sprawling mercados. I always order my favorite combo—a vampiro. Named for their vampire blood color, blood-cleansing vampiros are juiced to order from beets, apples carrots, and celery.
I wanted to call this smoothie a vampire, but Robbie said I’d have to wait until Halloween for that. Besides, beets and watermelons are at their peak right now. That means now is the time to kickstart your morning or cool off a hot afternoon with nutrient-rich watermelon, apples and beets, this beet and watermelon red smoothie.
Beet and Watermelon Red Smoothie notes:
- I’m up here in the Gorge camping in a trailer, with a blender I bought at a garage sale. It might take a few extra seconds than with a Blendtec or Vitamix, but my old blender whipped up this smoothie no problem.
- Beets are sweetest in summertime, especially when pulled from the garden or farmer’s market.
- If spicy heat isn’t your thing, start with a wee pinch of cayenne. I appreciate cayenne’s flavor, but am not hugely heat tolerant–1/8 teaspoon was the right amount for me.
- Slightly adapted from a National Watermelon Promotion Board recipe.
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This super-healthy pick-me-up summertime sipper tastes so refreshingly delish you’d never guess it’s jam-packed with phytochemical benefits—real food anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and blood-cleansing nutritional powerhouses!
- 2 cups watermelon chunks
- 1 small to medium beet, washed and cut into wedges
- 1 small apple, seeded and cut into cubes
- 1 tablespoon water
- 2 teaspoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice, optional
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 5 ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in a blender, with watermelon on the bottom. Turn blender on slow speed until watermelon has liquefied, then increase speed and blend for 1 minute or until everything is smooth. (see note)
- It might take a few extra seconds in a regular blender compared to a high speed blender like a Blendtec or Vitamix, but regular blenders can whip up this smoothie no problem.
- If spicy heat isn’t your thing, start with a wee pinch of cayenne. I appreciate the heat but am not hugely heat tolerant and 1/8 teaspoon was the right amount for me.