I’ve been a fan of juicing now for over 5 years as its improved my overall health by heaps and loads. This is a beet banana papaya smoothie recipe I shared when I was just starting out on my juicing journey and I’ve now updated it with new images and information. Enjoy!
Why I blend my fruits and vegetables
I’ve been juicing, or rather blending, more often these days in an effort to increase the amount of vegetables in my diet and of course to assist me in my weight loss efforts. I don’t have a juicer so I use my blender, the trade-off is that I keep all of the fiber that a juicer filters out. Makes for an awful texture sometimes but keeps my tummy fuller longer and so works as a meal replacement! [Update: See my wonderful green smoothie results here, a whopping 30lb difference!]
So, what goes well with beets in a smoothie?
This beet smoothie recipe that I’m sharing with you has been in my arsenal long before I started this whole juicing thing. It was my go-to Sunday dinner juice recipe. I love it SO much and it has so many benefits! The base of the drink is milk, usually coconut or almond, papaya and beetroot. Once you have those ingredients, you have a killer drink, there’s really no need for anything else! But of course I like to add, subtract and multiply depending on what’s in my fridge. I also love to make a beet carrot smoothie or a beet pineapple smoothie!
The Beet Papaya Smoothie Recipe with dairy if you’re a milk-lover
I’ve been meaning to make this all week and had most of the ingredients laying around, I just needed some milk. But I had a craving for something sweet just now and instead of reaching for something unhealthy I decided to whip this up with some good old food drink milk powder in a creamy malt flavour and a packet of coconut milk powder. Tek mi han’ tun fashion! [Jamaican proverb meaning use what you’ve got.]
So in my blender went some water, my milk powders, a little more than half of a medium pawpaw, a banana, a can of sliced beets from Green Giant, a few dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg and half of a frozen east indian mango. Oh, and a squirt of agave nectar, which you may not need but I have a sweet tooth. I just threw everything in, I’m very bad at measurements so if you’re making it just throw together some stuff.
It is delicious! And so good for you too. Use raw beets, I bought the can specifically to try the red water in my henna, which was a bust. You can totally put raw beets in your Nutribullet or whatever blender you’re using. The benefits of beets are plentiful and so are the benefits of papaya! Now, you know I love green smoothies, adding kale or spinach to this smoothie would be a totally rocking way to sneak some greens into your diet. My best smoothie recipe for weight loss include greens and veggies that I’m not fond of, buried with lots of fruit.
No Milk in My Red Smoothie
So I specified no milk instead of non-dairy because this smoothie is delicious with almond or coconut milk as well. The milk plus the orange ingredients is how I managed to come out with such a light coloured smoothie the last time around. Today I made this smoothie again and used simply water as my base. In my Nutri-Bullet went:
- Half of a ripe papaya
- One small beet, peeled
- One frozen banana
- Frozen mango
As usual, exact measurements not required. I just threw in a bit of this and a bit of that. It was equally delicious as using milk and saved a bit of calories. I also used raw, organic beets fresh from the market so the red colour would have overpowered everything anyway. The red colour is fun and kid-friendly so this is a great way to get the kiddos to have some beetroot. It’s definitely worth giving it a shot.
Beetroot and banana are both touted as being able to boost your stamina so this is a good pre-workout smoothie. Both are also good sources of potassium, helps to lower blood pressure and are good cancer-fighting foods. Papaya is an anti-oxidant that’s good for your skin and also fights cancer. It’s good for tummy health, fights inflammation and is just generally very yummy and healthy however not many people like the smell so this is a good way to still get those nutrients in.
I chose to use some frozen fruits to help to make the smoothie thick and creamy. There you have it. Five years later, still a fave, having it with milk and without. If you’ve tried it please let me know. Are you getting in your beets?
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