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Summertime Red Smoothie with Watermelon and Beets

Here’s a delicious summertime red smoothie, a refreshing drink to jump-start your day, or when you crave a hot summer pick-me-up drink. Rocking with bright red color and nutrition packed, no one can guess all the healthy ingredients blended into this smoothie. Sip first, then surprise!

Summertime Red Smoothie in jar with watermelon wedge. Beet and watermelon in background. | Letty's Kitchen

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Besides healthful watermelon and apple, this beverage includes the bright red veggie that some people profess to hate. Yup, there’s a sweet beet in your smoothie and that bright violet red means anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and detox benefits galore.

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…

Beet, watermelon, and apple in blender jar for Summertime Red Smoothie. Pinches of turmeric and cayenne too.

And if those 3 powerhouses aren’t plenty enough, we’ve added a pinch of turmeric, well-known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant prowess. And a pinch of healthy cayenne pepper, so every luscious sip hints of cayenne’s stimulating, cleansing spicy heat.

This smoothie reminds me of one of my favorite things about Mexico, the puestos where they squeeze fresh juice while you wait. Not just juice though, you can order blended combinations to your heart’s desire. 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 watermelon are at their summer peak, which 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 summertime red smoothie!

Apple, watermelon, and beet for Summertime Red Smoothie | Letty's Kitchen

Summertime Red Smoothie notes:

  • To make this smoothie I used a blender I bought at a garage sale. It might be faster 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.

More nutritious vegetarian smoothies:

Summertime red smoothie inspired by a National Watermelon Promotion Board recipe.

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5 from 3 votes
Summertime Red Smoothie
Summertime Red Smoothie with Apple, Beet, and watermelon.
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

This super-healthy pick-me-up summertime sipper, besides being jam-packed with phytochemical benefits, tastes ever so refreshing! Real food anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and blood-cleansing nutritional powerhouses! Makes about 2 cups.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: beets, smoothie, watermelon
Servings: 2 servings.
Calories: 113 kcal
Author: Letty Flatt | Letty's Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 2 cups watermelon chunks
  • 1 small to medium beet , washed, peeled, 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
Instructions
  1. Starting with watermelon first, add all the ingredients to a blender jar, 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)

Recipe Notes
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
Summertime Red Smoothie with Apple, Beet, and watermelon.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 113 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 37mg2%
Potassium 401mg11%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 965IU19%
Vitamin C 20.5mg25%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

2 comments

  • I won’t tell, but I do love! GREG Reply · 22 July, 2015

  • oh so good, thanks Letty Reply · 26 July, 2015

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