This Chocolate Beet Smoothie is a smoothie powerhouse. The combo of chocolate and beets packs the vitamins, minerals, & antioxidants and is loaded with protein, healthy fats, and carbs and makes a perfect snack or natural pre-workout.
How do you feel about putting veggies in your smoothies? Personally I am all for it – you can tell from the looks of this chocolate smoothie and this green smoothie. You can load load up the smoothie with things this spinach, kale, cauliflower rice, zucchini, and more and if you make it the right way, you won’t be able to tell they are in there. Doesn’t get any easier than than, especially if you struggle to get in enough throughout the day.
I have been eating a lot of beets lately 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. The sweetness of the beets plus a little maple syrup balances perfectly with the bitterness of the dark chocolate.
I also added Greek yogurt to pump up the protein. If you don’t do dairy you can add coconut milk yogurt or just coconut milk from a can. Or skip it altogether.
Do you know the benefits of beet and chocolate for pre-workout?!
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.
This smoothie is not as thick as my typical smoothie. I usually like them THICK. But since it makes a great pre-workout, I didn’t want a heavy smoothie sitting in my stomach when I’m trying to do burpees. If you want to thicken it up, which it sounds like most people did in the comments, there are plenty of things you can add – half an avocado (will make it super creamy too), frozen spinach, frozen cauliflower rice, frozen banana, and frozen zucchini are some of m favorites.
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Chocolate Beet Smoothie
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 3/4 cup plain greek yogurt (used Siggi's 0%)
- 2 medium cooked beets* (1 cup chopped/150 grams)
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (optional)
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 heaping tablespoon cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 cup ice cubes
- additional add ins: avocado, frozen banana, frozen cauliflower, frozen zucchini, frozen spinach
Place all ingredients in a Vitamix or high powdered blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
*I used prepackaged cooked beets (Love Beets), but if you can't find any you can boil beets in water for about 45 minutes until tender and the skin can be peeled off.
**this smoothie is not super thick, so to make it thicker, add in one of the additional add ins!
This recipe was previously posted and was updated this year with new photography!
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