You Make My Heart Beet Smoothie

September 18, 2015
You Make My Heart Beet Smoothie - The earthiness of the beets offsets the sweetness of the cherries .. while the Beauti-fuel protein powder decreases the appetite

This week started in the best of ways, with

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a sleep-in

There wasn't a soul, with or without fur, who stirred until nearly 11 am (on a Monday!).  By the time we thought about breakfast, the sun was high in the sky, and the kids at the elementary school behind our house were enjoying their mid-day recess

My husband had taken the week off, with high hopes of painting the front of our house.

As I think back on that morning, I can't help but smile and wonder how easy it is to think love is little more than encouraging her to get some sleep.  Or the simple tasks he helped her with, before tackling the project he'd been itching to get started on.

But of course, that's not true

You Make My Heart Beet Smoothie - The earthiness of the beets offsets the sweetness of the cherries .. while the Beauti-fuel protein powder decreases the appetite

It's a man knowing his wife; that she's a bit worried about oversleeping because she might miss her exercise class.  The recipe on the counter is one she'd like to make for dinner that evening

It's a man knowing there's laundry to start, kitties wanting to be cuddled, and puppies that need to be dropped off for their afternoon playdate.  A man with an ear to the radio

noting the hot and steamy week ahead

It's a husband who takes a break in his afternoons to call, just because he's thinking of her.  Or makes things extra special when our families come to visit.  The man who always cedes the Pandora station, and eats (almost) everything she cooks

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He's chosen to forget her over-tired words the night before, the pursed lips from the week prior, her cold feet in the winter, all of the cookbooks that appear in Amazon boxes by the front door, and the many animals that now occupy his bed.

Love is also remembering to forget

And so he will get her going for the day, with reassuring words that things will (mostly) get done, and those that don't well, there will be other days.  The house painting at the top of his list will instead be paused, for her

He's been outside working later and later on these unseasonably warm September days, pausing briefly, only when she'd bring him some water

“What do you think?”

I think it's love

You Make My Heart Beet Smoothie - The earthiness of the beets offsets the sweetness of the cherries .. while the Beauti-fuel protein powder decreases the appetite

This has been his favorite smoothie combination as of late.

The earthiness of the beets offsets the sweetness of the cherries, while the Beauti-fuel protein powder contains pea protein to decrease the appetite and restore gut microflora.

I like to make his with Siggi's Filmjolk, which is a low-sugar probiotic drink.  Looking for a dairy-free option?  Nut milk is a great substitute.  A teaspoon of bee pollen to top it off



ps:  A few words of wisdom from Dana James.  If you're someone who's not sure about a smoothie, try putting it in a bowl instead and eating it like a soup.  Like so many other things in life, whatever it takes to get past the mental hurdle.

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~ Adapted from Food Coach NYC

You Make My Heart Beet Smoothie


  • 1 ¼ cup almond milk (or plain kefir)
  • 2 Tbsp protein powder, vanilla or unflavored
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 beet, lightly steamed (the original called for ½ raw beet)
  • 2-3 ice cubes + more depending on the consistency you'd like

  • Optional Additions or Toppings
  • 1 tsp bee pollen
  • 1 tbsp hemp Seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia Seeds


  • Steam the Beet
  • Fill the bottom of a steamer with 2 inches of water.
  • While the water is coming to a boil, wash, and cut the beets into quarters.
  • Steam covered for 15 minutes. They're done when you can easily insert a fork or the tip of a knife into the beet.
  • Peel using a paper towel. Transfer to a bowl and let cool.

  • Smoothie
  • Add all of the ingredients to your blender and mix until smooth.
Serves: 2
Nutrition + Show
Calories 248
Total Fat 4.9g
Saturated Fat 0.3g
Carbohydrates 36.5g
Fiber 5.5g
Sugars 27.2g
Protein 16.8g
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  • Reply Sina September 18, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    This looks amazing! 🙂 Can’t wait to try your recipe. I love that you also added cherries, what a great combo!

  • Reply Meg September 19, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Ahhh. This is the type of Veggies post that I love. xo

  • Reply Mary September 19, 2015 at 7:31 am

    That looks fabulous. I’ve always wanted to try a smoothie but they sort of scare me. Time to put on my big girl pants and just do it. Thanks for the recipe. (Must remember to not add pie)

  • Reply Karen September 20, 2015 at 7:15 am

    5 stars
    That post reminds me of why LOVE is the best thing in the world to experience. There’s nothing like finding that person who will cherish your existence and will happily show how grateful he is each day. Love this smoothie recipe, it’s a must-try!

  • Reply Peter September 21, 2015 at 11:06 am

    I love love love this smoothie recipe. I am known for dropping a beet or two in an omelet, but never thought of smoothies! Fantastic.

  • Reply Lisa September 23, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Yum. Not only does the combo of flavors sound so good. The color is just amazing.

  • Reply robin rue September 24, 2015 at 5:51 am

    This smoothie looks amazing. I love the colors. I have been in a smoothie rut of kale and blueberry lately so it is great to get some new inspiration. 🙂

  • Reply Ron Leyba September 24, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    5 stars
    This smoothie sounds so refreshing and truly what a creative recipe to make something so delicious. Once again, great photos! I admire the pretty colors of the smoothies against a black background. They’re just screaming “drink me. I’m delicious”.

  • Reply Joan February 23, 2016 at 5:33 am

    Loving this. I have strong resolve in the morning which slips as the day progresses. This smoothie may be just what I need! xx

  • Reply Angela March 1, 2016 at 4:20 am

    My work schedule is very irregular, but my morning routine usually is: jump out of bed when the alarm goes off, kiss husband, pet the cat, take a shower, get dressed, prep our smoothies for the day, have breakfast, (homemade granola and soymilk for him, fruits, homemade bread and butter for me), prepare my Tupperware lunch, brush my teeth, say goodbye to cat and informing him what time I will be back (hubby already gone before me). Whew! It seems like a lot when I write it all down. So excited to give this one a try this week! xo

  • Reply Cindy Gordon July 19, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    5 stars
    My husband is my rock and fortress. He’s strong, it seems, all the time and I draw from that strength when I need it. Sleeping in is how our week started as well and we didn’t care one bit, it was needed.

  • Reply Brittany August 10, 2016 at 11:09 am

    All things red for these dog days of summer 🙂

  • Reply Chelsea September 3, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Another post filled with deliciousness and love, you never fail. I’m a big believe in appreciating the little things in life, it’s easy to get wrapped up being busy and forget to love and appreciate what you have. Thanks for the reminder

  • Reply Averie September 25, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    I have a carton of that almond milk in my fridge at all times (well vanilla unsweetened) and always have smoothies ready to go. I pre-make them, freeze them, and then nuke for 30 secs when needed. Such an a.m. timesaver when things are going crazy. I love your flavors. Love beets. They’re nature’s candy!

  • Reply Patty March 27, 2017 at 7:14 am

    This is exactly what I need following the WHOLE PAN of almond butter brownies I made from your site this past weekend. :0

  • Reply Debra Hawkins April 14, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Huzzah for creative smoothie combinations! The other day I smoothied spinach, watermelon, and yogurt. Thanks for mixing it up!

  • Reply Lindsey June 22, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    You know one of my fave veggies is beetroot, in a salad cooked, blended however, but good knows why i’ve not had a smoothie beet. Great for the blood and skin, if you like it Alison, I know I will love it .

  • Reply Stephanie June 23, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    5 stars
    I love cooking, food. blogs and lovely writing, so I’m not so sure why it took me so long to discover your site. But now that I have, I feel like I’ve found something I was missing. Thank you for sharing your stories with such honesty and heart and humor (the three cardinal “H”s!). I can’t wait to read about your next adventures in food, friendship, family and cooking… you know, all the things that make life wonderful.

  • Reply Kat August 20, 2017 at 3:40 am

    4 stars
    I love beets, especially when they are bursting to life this time of year. Smoothies look like the perfect vehicle for getting my cherry fill too! Yum. xx

  • Reply Bee Nai September 2, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    5 stars
    I absolutely love your blog and have added it to my feed reader. Thanks for your amazingly creative photography not to mention the less usual choice of a smoothie! I love beets, cherries, and smoothies, so why not try them all together?

  • Reply Anamika Debnath February 4, 2018 at 1:59 am

    I LOVE beets, get them while you can! Using infusions instead or water for a smoothie base is something I do often – keeps thing interesting. Love the idea of red on red. I bet this would be fantastic with frozen raspberries as well. Safe travels! 🙂

  • Reply Emily March 12, 2018 at 12:59 am

    5 stars
    This smoothie looks and sounds so good! I know that beets are a great food option but I always struggle with how to incorporate it into the meals. This is a really good idea for it, I will have to give it a try. Thanks!

  • Reply Val March 12, 2018 at 6:42 am

    Those are all wonderful gestures of love, I know I sure would appreciate them. I’ve never cared for beets, my Mom likes them and love smoothies so maybe this would make her smile.

  • Reply Kelly Reci March 12, 2018 at 7:35 am

    This post is filled with so much love… that story was really touching and it really is wonderful to find the one who will respect you and appreciate you to the fullest. By the way, I had never heard of pea protein before but I am totally intimidated. Tell me more!

  • Reply Candy March 12, 2018 at 8:02 am

    It is all the little things a husband and wife do for each other through the day and week. Adds up to love. Making him the favorite smoothie of the month is a way to show you care and love him.

  • Reply Joanna March 12, 2018 at 8:43 am

    This has such a beautiful color. I’m not a fan of beets, but it’s a texture thing for me. I’ll have to try this one since the texture is non existent in a smoothie.

  • Reply Jeanette March 12, 2018 at 9:04 am

    What a wonderful love story. My husband is the most considerate person I know and that is one of the reasons I love him so much. That smoothie this is too beautiful color and I bet you it taste delicious too.

  • Reply Jolina March 12, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    5 stars
    Anyone who pretends not to notice the Amazon boxes and Sephora boxes and all other kinds of boxes that magically appear…I’d say that’s love too 🙂 How lovely does this smoothie look??? I’ve personally haven’t used beets in a smoothie before though I really love beets. This looks like a great recipe to get started.

  • Reply Amber Myers March 12, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    5 stars
    Aw, love is a great thing, that’s for sure. I’ve never tried a smoothie with a beet in it, but I’m open to giving it a try. I generally love all smoothies.

  • Reply Sarah March 12, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    How beautiful does this smoothie look! Love the vibrant colour! The combination of flavours sound amazing together x

  • Reply Komal March 12, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    3 stars
    YOu has me at beet girl! What an awesome combination you put together. Do you think it would be good with raw beet?

  • Reply Carol March 12, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    5 stars
    Oh, the beautiful things about finding the love of your life! You just pointed out why love is such a special feeling. I think this smoothie is great! I’d love to try the recipe!

  • Reply Amalia March 12, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    5 stars
    Love is a strange things but agree with you, sometime it’s also see the bigger picture and just let go of silly stuff! I never imagined to combine such ingredients in a smoothie but it does looks tasty so will have to try it!

  • Reply Jacqui S March 12, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    This looks really good! I am not much of a regular beet person, but, with the combination of other ingredients, sounds good! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Heather March 12, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    I’m not sure I ever thought to put beets in a smoothie but I bet it’s yummy! I love them plain so I’m sure I’d love it in a drink form too.

  • Reply Julie Plagens March 12, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    I have never had beets in a smoothie. I am not so sure how that would taste, but it does look good. It looks very healthy.

  • Reply Kita Bryant March 12, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    5 stars
    I would totally love to make this. There are so many great ingredients!

  • Reply Sara Welch March 12, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    5 stars
    This is a really great use of beets! I would really love to get into this one.

  • Reply Sandy N Vyjay March 13, 2018 at 12:38 am

    5 stars
    What a sweet narrative.Indeed love is not in doing spectacular or grandiose things. Love is in those small and thoughtful gestures which overflow with caring. Indeed the Beet smoothie seems to be overflowing with love. We love our beets and know it is a very healthy vegetable, we use it in salads, smoothies and also as part of a single pot rice recipe.

  • Reply Jeanette Radmall March 13, 2018 at 1:55 am

    5 stars
    Your recipes are amazing! I save them all and try many. Love this! Thank you friend!

  • Reply Akamatra March 13, 2018 at 2:44 am

    5 stars
    I have been a little beet obsessed lately since turning vegetarian for Lent. This would be a nice smoothie indeed. Also, I am super jealous for you sleeping in. Just sleeping would be fine right about now!

  • Reply Jenny March 13, 2018 at 4:46 am

    5 stars
    Hi Ali! I am the kale and spinach smoothie queen and have one at least every day. Surprisingly, kids are on board (even though I jam pack the smoothies with tons of veggies). I just take heaping piles of either kale or spinach and throw in some frozen fruit, coconut water and a banana of course, and call it a smoothie. I have never tried green grass powder. I usually just throw in some flax seed. Your red smoothie looks great so I will definitely give it a shot!

  • Reply Annreeba March 13, 2018 at 5:58 am

    This smoothie looks so attractive. I think this smoothie is great!I am gonna try this out.

  • Reply Louise March 13, 2018 at 6:29 am

    5 stars
    Your husband sounds like such a gem. And this smoothie is just perfect for me – I love anything with a hint of cherry 🙂

    Louise x

  • Reply Amanda Gore March 13, 2018 at 9:51 am

    There really is more ways to say “I love you” without words! The smoothie is such a beautiful color! Sounds good!

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus March 13, 2018 at 10:17 am

    5 stars
    I do agree that sleep is definitely the best form of meditation but its been a while since I have had a full night of sleep. But I love that you were able to have a lie in for once and its great that you have found a smoothie that suits you both. I love how fresh and vibrant it looks and while I have never been a massive beets lover, I like the idea of adding cherry to it which would make it sweeter. But of course I trust your judgement as I have tried replicating your other veggie friendly recipes before and they had great results so I am excited to try this one. I think I will try it as a smoothie bowl x

  • Reply Gladys Parker March 13, 2018 at 11:23 am

    5 stars
    I never really cared for beets, well they were not one of my favorites so why eat them, right? Wow was I wrong. Those bad boys are nutrition powerhouses! I’ve been looking for recipes outside the box and this one firs perfectly. Thank-you so much!

  • Reply Laura Dove March 13, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Oh I love this Ali and as always you are so right. Those little things like knowing how each others minds work is true love! This looks delicious and so good for you too! I need to try one!

  • Reply HilLesha March 13, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    5 stars
    I honestly like the taste of beets, my I’ll occasionally juice them or include them in my smoothies since they help me with my anemia. I’ll definitely have to try this smoothie the next time.

  • Reply Anna Szoke March 13, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    5 stars
    I love your smoothie recipes, I highlighted one of your recipes in my recent post about healthy breakfasts, and this new recipe is just as amazing as that simple green protein smoothie was! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply Stella March 13, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    5 stars
    What a yummy recipe. I am a huge fan of smoothie especially in the summer months. A good way to up my fruit intake.

  • Reply Patricia-Ann Que March 13, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    now im so curious! i love beets but i actually havent tried it this way! surely something different!

  • Reply Jessica Hughes March 13, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    I’ve always struggled with beets even though they are such a wonderfully healthy food. I think this smoothie is a way that I could enjoy them, and smoothies happen to be my favorite breakfast!

  • Reply Carly March 13, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Cleansing and nutritious! This kind of smoothie is exactly what I would want after eating a few too many brownies. . . which has been happening a little too frequently as of late. I imagine yours tastes sweet and creamy, like a nice refreshing treat. I like that you keep the ingredients simple – I will give it a shot after the next brownie binge 😉

  • Reply Lidia March 13, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    I’ve never made a smoothie but this looks like a pretty good place to start. So healthy. Just what I need after all those comforting winter cakes and muffins!

  • Reply Kara March 14, 2018 at 2:44 am

    I love beetroot so this sounds perfect. Such a beautiful colour too

    • Reply Blair Villanueva March 15, 2018 at 5:57 am

      5 stars
      I wonder if I would add some little wine or liquor, what would be the taste? Would the beet flavor wouldn’t be fade?

      • Reply Kara March 18, 2018 at 2:54 am

        Oh, now that does sound like a good idea 🙂

  • Reply Andrea March 14, 2018 at 7:48 am

    4 stars
    I love beets and in smoothies, they are so great. I steam mine just because I find it easier to digest and I am happy you chose to as well. i like the addition of bee pollen for add-ins.

  • Reply Agnes Vazhure March 14, 2018 at 8:31 am

    5 stars
    I’m craving a smoothie right now!
    and I’m completely out of spinach and bananas!
    and a strawberry+cucumber smoothie?
    this one is going on my list as well.

  • Reply Agnes Vazhure March 14, 2018 at 8:31 am

    5 stars
    I can’t wait to make this. Love your posts, Ali. Your writing and storing telling always gets me. Every time..

  • Reply Terri Beavers March 14, 2018 at 9:23 am

    5 stars
    Goodness gracious, I would really enjoy this smoothie and I’m not a big smoothie drinker. I love beets to the point that I could eat them every day. Everyone picks at me about the number of beets I eat and buy and I tell them to “just “beet” it.”

  • Reply David Elliott March 14, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    5 stars
    I am all for cherry smoothies. I am sure this would taste delicious. It reminds me of growing up and visiting my grandfathers place with the large cherry orchard in the back. I didn’t get to go nearly as often as I would have liked. But it would have been nice. And the cherries were magnificent. I always like the way you compose your stories. It is a labor of love. Love really is about getting to know the little things about the other person. And love finds beauty in those small moments.

  • Reply Elizabeth Keene March 14, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    5 stars
    Wow i never really have been a fan of beets, even as a kid no one could get me to eat them. Many nights at the table waiting , but I must say that this definitely looks like something to try again,

  • Reply Sophie March 14, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    5 stars
    A healthy smoothie can do wonders to get back on track or to just appreciate food that doesn’t have chocolate, peanut butter, or cream cheese in it 🙂

  • Reply Rosey March 14, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    I love the story that goes with… 🙂 I think beets and cherries could be delicious together!

  • Reply Jennifer Prince March 14, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    I never thought of putting beets in a smoothie before. Interesting! It makes for such a pretty color, too. 🙂

  • Reply Suchi March 14, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Your recipes are always wonderful!! Love the vibrant colour! The combination of flavours sound amazing together! Need to try this!!

  • Reply Blair Villanueva March 15, 2018 at 1:50 am

    5 stars
    I love beet smoothie and I can’t resist that natural pink color! Makes it more delicious and enjoyable to consume.

  • Reply Cindy Ingalls March 15, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    I love beets and cherries but never thought to combine them in a smoothie. I can see how they would mesh well together because sometimes the flavor of beet juice can be very overpowering so you need something to add the sweetness.

  • Reply Amber S. March 15, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    There is nothing on earth quite like the emotion of love! ? Beautiful words. Interesting recipe as well. Never would have though to make a beet smoothie, but I actually like beets! I know they are hit or miss for some people, but I’m looking forward to trying this recipe!

  • Reply Claudia Krusch March 16, 2018 at 6:34 am

    5 stars
    How beautiful does this smoothie look! Love how colorful it is! The combination of flavours sound amazing together

  • Reply Wanda Lopez March 18, 2018 at 7:22 am

    That smoothie recipe sounds amazing and I can’t wait to make it at home. I enjoyed this post so much. Love is in the air.

  • Reply Jill Conyers March 18, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    I love beet smoothies and juices. They feel like they’ll undo all of the “bad” 🙂

  • Reply Angela March 18, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    5 stars
    Wow, looks so good this is the first time that I saw the beet smoothie and looks so yummy, I really want to try this

  • Reply Hannah March 19, 2018 at 1:24 am

    5 stars
    I can’t get enough of smoothies so I’ve bookmarked this to save for a rainy day! Love the combo of ingredients too… All very good for us!

  • Reply Kathy March 19, 2018 at 1:56 am

    5 stars
    Oh my, does that ever look delicious. I swear by rice milk, blueberries, a handful of oats and flax seed, a banana if I’m really hungry. Whisking it all up. And yum, it’s a great breakfast smoothie. Will be trying yours, looks a great way to get those reds. After all, it’s smoothie season, with bikini season right around the corner x

  • Reply Ntensibe Edgar Michael March 27, 2018 at 1:15 am

    4 stars
    Aaaaaahhhhhhh…I’d so much love to make this smoothie….am missing the cherries, though!

    So sad, right? I just can’t seem to find any of them here in Uganda.

    Asides that, WOW….this is real love….the kind of love that never “sleeps on the job” and is always selfless! I long to love somebody that way. Thank you, Alison, for sharing!

  • Reply moozi August 30, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    5 stars
    Its supper yummy ,,,,, and cool
    am rate this recipe after testing it
    You made my day
    Thank you

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