A fast & easy keto-friendly smoothie; perfect for post-workout fuel, breakfast on the go or a quick power-up. This recipe is searchable in MyFitnessPal as AGirlCalledAdri’s Avocado Beet Smoothie.
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I enjoy running but I can’t say that I’m particularly great at it. I’m not super-fast, I take tons of breaks, and my form leaves a lot to be desired. I think it’s the fresh air, trees, and sunlight I love so much. The feeling of putting feet to pavement absolutely cannot be replicated on a treadmill. Running indoors is a chore, and every second that passes feels like a full minute. Or ten. When I’m out running in my neighborhood or favorite trails, I literally lose track of time and get so lost in my surroundings and the beauty of creation.
When I was super hardcore on the race circuit (aka registering for 5ks every weekend) I was constantly looking for ways to get faster. That’s when I started reading about beets. I did not grow up eating beets at all. Maybe a shredded beet here or there in a salad, but that was the extent. I was under the impression that they were disgusting, no one ate them, and they were only good for a pot of borscht. No thanks. (Side note: I first learned about borscht watching Rugrats as a kid. How random is that?)
Health Benefits of Beets
My research led to me learning that beetroot juice is high in nitrates, which the body converts to nitric oxide. This can help with athletic performance, blood flow, and muscle relaxation.
Other health benefits of beets include:
- Aids in lowering blood pressure
- Blood cleanser
- Immunity booster
Once I learned about the performance boosting benefits, I was game. As it turns out, I don’t dislike beets. I actually quite enjoy their earthy flavor. Eager to shave minutes off my race time, I started drinking beet juice on a semi regular basis and never looked back.
There’s no way around it, I love hemp. They’re very fatty, which as you know is great for keto. I said fatty, not fattening. They’re also a great protein source, which is something you want in a smoothie, especially if you’re fueling workouts or recovery. I spent years as a vegetarian, so plant-based protein is always a plus in my book. The fiber in hemp also helps you to, ahem, keep things moving. If you know what I mean.
Let’s talk. When is the last time you visited the bulk section in your favorite market? If you’re not then you’re missing out on a huge opportunity. Okay, so in my case I needed a few teaspoons of hemp seeds for my smoothie, right? I knew that it would probably be a while before I needed anymore for another recipe. You may try this recipe and then never use hemp again. So then why would you buy an entire package? Instead of shelling out the cash for an entire bag of hemp seeds, I got the exact amount I needed for about 60 cents. If you really want to go to the sustainable route, you can even start using your own bulk bags, produce bags, and reusable shopping bags. But we can have that conversation another day.
- Sold by weight so you never get more than you need
- Cuts down on waste/packaging
- Saves tons of money
- Helps you become the sustainable, earth-friendly badass you were born to be
Avocado, Beet, Hemp Smoothie | Keto & Vegan
This smoothie is absolutely gorgeous, but don’t let that fool you; it’s not the sweet and fruity smoothie you may have become accustomed to having. A pina colada it is not. The rich fattiness of avocado makes it creamy and smooth, while the beet lends its deep, beautiful red-ish pink color.
Making this smoothie is so quick and easy. For presentation purposes I blended the avocado and beet separately, both in unsweetened almond milk, then layered them in the glass. This is not necessary at all; feel free to toss everything in together and blend. But if you want something that looks a little more impressive and stylish then by all means, do it my way. I loved the way it created this eye-catching marble effect. That’s food stylist in me. You may not care about that at all, and just want the nutritious benefits of this smoothie; like any normal person.
This recipe makes two servings, but you can always double the recipe as needed. I used almond milk because I wanted a vegan smoothie, but the recipe will work with whatever type of milk you happen to have on hand. As mentioned above, this smoothie ain’t sweet. It has more of a nutty, earthy flavor that I’m in love with. If that’s not your thing, you may test the recipe with a sweetener, such as Swerve. Or even blend in some raspberries or strawberries. Sweetness isn’t a huge deal for me so I kept it as simple as possible. Try it out and let me know what you think!
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A fast & easy keto-friendly smoothie; perfect for post-workout fuel, breakfast on the go or a quick power-up. This recipe is searchable in MyFitnessPal as AGirlCalledAdri's Avocado Beet Smoothie.
- 1 medium avocado, diced
- 1 small beetroot, peeled and diced
- 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 teaspoons hemp seeds
Using a blender, mix ingredients until smoothie reaches desired consistency. Top with hemp seeds and serve.
For a beautiful marble effect, blend the avocado and beetroot separately, then pour into your serving glass in layers.
For a sweeter smoothie, add strawberries or raspberries.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 175Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 29mgCarbohydrates: 11gNet Carbohydrates: 4gFiber: 7gSugar: 3gProtein: 4g