This layered strawberry beet smoothie is the perfect way to serve a hated vegetable without anyone knowing! A kid friendly drink is not only healthy, but it’s packed with fruits, vegetables, and protein. Whether you’re looking for a fun princess pink drink to serve a girly girl or a healthier option for Valentine’s day, this pink and red smoothie is sure to please. Greek yogurt adds creaminess while strawberries and juice add
As a mom of two boys and the wife of a mechanic, I’ve come to accept the fact that my life is rough and tumble, grease and dirt.
It just is what it is.
What I haven’t quiiite been able to drop is my love of all things pink and pretty and princess-y. You’d think having grown up with a single father and a brother that I would be able to slip right into the ‘boy mom’ lifestyle, but I think I’m secretly holding on to a modicum of hope for a girl one day.
A pink smoothie for a princess
Thankfully I have a pink, girly niece who will talk princess with me until the end of time. Like her brother and cousins, she’s a picky eater who prefers her veggies in “packet” form and that’s about it.
But I have this feeling she would adore this pink princess smoothie.
Inspired by her, I decided to try and make a Valentine’s day smoothie, packed with yogurt, strawberries, and beets. Okay, it helped that I had some beet puree to use up.
Like all of my favorite veggie smoothies, it balances adding a hidden veggie, protein, and fruit in a super kid friendly drink. Bonus: it takes little to no time at all to whip together.
Layered Strawberry Beet Smoothie FAQs
Can you blend beets in a blender?
The veggies for this come as beets, which I use in puree form. To make beet puree, I just pop an 8-ounce package of pre-cooked beets found in the refrigerated produce section into my blender and let it whir. You can use whatever kind you like, though. Raw might not blend as smooth, but I think the smoothie will help out there. Roasted will be sweeter, and canned will probably blend the smoothest.
If things get stuck, add a splash of liquid. If I have it on hand, I like using pomegranate juice for the antioxidant factor.
You can also use a food processor to make beet puree, but I like that if I use the blender, I can set all but 1/4 up aside and go straight into smoothie making – less dishes!
Definitely – just remember that they might either need a bit more liquid to get smooth or may not get totally smooth. I would recommend using a high powered blender.
This is my favorite thing to do with purees of any kind. I make the puree and then add to silicone ice cube trays. Then you just pop a few in smoothies, soups, or sauces. It’s the best way to make a hidden veggie recipe as well as make sure you aren’t wasting puree.
I’ve never frozen raw, whole beets. With the high sugar content I
Related reads: Learn how to make vegetable purees here!
Tips to making a layered drink
Making a layered smoothie isn’t too hard, but it does take some planning. Here are my tips for making this colorful beet smoothie.
- Make your layers thick. The thinner the drink, the harder it will be to make defined layers.
- If you want SUPER defined layers, pop the cup in the freezer for a few minutes before each layer. This will create a thin, icy protective layer. Don’t forget it in there though, or you’ll have a popsicle!
- Spoon on the second+ layers. I pour my first layer and then gently use a spoon to add the other layers, starting at the EDGES (NOT the center, which will just push the lower layer out)
- Keep the next layers cold. In this recipe, you’re going to make the “middle” layer first. when you set that aside, pop it in the freezer to keep it as thick as possible.
- If all else fails, swirl! A pink swirled smoothie is still a super pretty drink, people.
How to make a Strawberry Beet Smoothie
- Make the Puree
Toss your beets in your high-speed blender and let it whirl. My blender has a “whole food juice” button that I like using. I think high for 30 seconds, scrape sides, and then another 30 should be fine though.
Remove all of the puree other than 1/4 cup from the blender and save for something else, like these healthy donuts.
- Make the beet layer
Next, add a cup of frozen strawberries and a cup of juice of your choice. I like to use OJ because it’s always in my house but use whatever you like! Blend it up and reserve a cup of your smoothie for later. Put into the freezer to keep it nice and cold.
- Make your layers.
Add about .5 cup of Greek yogurt to the remaining drink. Blend until smooth and creamy. Layer and enjoy!
To make it a fun Valentine’s Day smoothie, use this hack from my Grinch Smoothie to add a heart strawberry or two!
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Strawberry Beet Smoothie
This layered strawberry beet smoothie is the perfect way to serve a hated vegetable without anyone knowing! This kid friendly drink is not only healthy, but it’s packed with fruits, vegetables, and protein.
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/4 cup beet puree
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup yogurt
Blend strawberries, juice, and beet puree until smooth.
Reserve 1 cup of strawberry beet mix.
Add yogurt and blend until smooth
Layer smoothies and enjoy!
Okay so tell me – what’s your favorite color?! Are you super girly, or more rough and tumble? Let me know in the comments!
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