This Chocolate Beet Smoothie is a smoothie powerhouse. The combo of chocolate and beets packs the vitamins, minerals, & antioxidants makes a perfect snack or pre-workout meal.
I been on a smoothie kick recently. Like everyday kind of kick. It is usually this one, but I have been experimenting too. I have also been eating a lot of beets so I thought why now make a smoothie with beets. And add chocolate since most people are weirded out by beets. And hence the birth of the chocolate beet smoothie.
The combination sounds weird, but works really well. Beets are naturally sweet so you don’t need to add a banana or additional fruit. I love the texture of frozen bananas in smoothies, but I usually feel they overpower the other flavors. I also like a thicker smoothie so I don’t chug it in 5 seconds and then am sad it is gone already. The sweetness of the beets balances perfectly with the bitterness of the dark chocolate. I also added Greek yogurt in this one for a thicker consistency and some added protein. If you don’t do dairy you can add coconut milk yogurt or just coconut milk from a can. Or skip it altogether.
I have talked about the nutritional benefits of beets here and here. So now lets talk about chocolate some. And I am talking about raw cacao (dark chocolate) and not the candy bars found in the drug store 😉 Cacao contains magnesium, dietary fiber, and antioxidants including flavanols and polyphenols. Magnesium is one of the most important minerals for heart health. The flavanols in cacao prevent fat-like substances in the bloodstream from clogging the arteries. They also moderate nitric oxide, which is a compound found in beets. This makes this chocolate beet smoothie perfect for a pre-workout meal or snack.
Besides being a source of antioxidants, beets contain dietary nitrates. Dietary nitrates convert to nitric oxide, which is responsible for the dilation of blood vessels and helps support blood circulation. This improves an athlete’s capacity for sustained exercise and endurance. Nitric oxide also helps the speed of nutrient delivery to the muscles, improving energy efficiency for performance and recovery. Pretty freakin cool in my opinion!
By pairing the beets with chocolate, this smoothie makes one perfect pre-workout snack. Say goodbye to those packaged pre-workouts with half of the ingredients you can’t pronounce and hello to this beet chocolate smoothie.
- ¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 medium cooked beets* (1 cup chopped)
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- ½ cup greek yogurt (I like Siggi's)
- Place all ingredients in a high powdered blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Drink up!
What kind of pre-workout do you like? Nothing at all or an all natural approach?