Minty Shamrock Smoothie with Beet Greens and Banana

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Looking for a healthy non-dairy milkshake? We've got you covered! Filled with tasty ingredients, such as frozen bananas, almond milk, Greek or vegan yogurt, vanilla extract, and beet leaves (yes, beet greens!), this is one extra MINTY vegan-friendly nutrient-dense smoothie. 

Although many people are familiar with eating the root portion of the beet, beet leaves (the leafy greens atop the beetroot) offer a stunning natural green color and many fantastic health benefits

Beet greens are a wonderful source of Calcium, Iron, Vitamin A (beta-carotene), Vitamin C, and Vitamin K. In fact, beet greens may have more iron than spinach! Studies show that beet greens fight Alzheimer's disease, strengthen bones warding off osteoporosis, and strengthen the immune system. 

If the health benefits aren't enough to get you super jazzed to drink this GREENtastic smoothie, the creamy delicious taste will! 

 

5 Reasons to Drink this Minty Shamrock Smoothie

REASON #1: This smoothie tastes like a "milkshake" and is filled with healthy ingredients. If you love deliciously frothy shakes, especially minty ones, this smoothie will make your body do a happy dance. Plus - for anyone with dairy allergies, this smoothie tastes like a "shake without the full-fat milk. Replace Greek yogurt with coconut yogurt, and VOILA!, your smoothie becomes vegan. 

REASON #2: No artificial green dyes! This vibrant green smoothie utilizes mother nature's beautiful "chlorophyll" to create a natural green color. Using vibrant beet greens enhances the color even more. Click here for tips on selecting quality beet greens. 

REASON #3: Filled with fiber, beet greens smoothies help the body detox and flush out toxins and encourage healthy digestion. 

REASON #4: Beet greens and bananas are high in potassium, a mineral that is vital for helping the body balance fluids in the body and promoting proper nerve and muscle function. Too much pub crawling? Beet greens help replenish minerals and fluids, so you can recover faster! 

REASON #5: This smoothie is packed with vitamins, such as Calcium, Vitamin A (beta-carotene), Vitamin C, and Vitamin K. Beet greens fight Alzheimer's disease, strengthen bones warding off osteoporosis, and improve the immune system. For more beet greens recipes and nutrition details, check out Superhero Sauteed Beet Greens

 Are you a fan of beet greens? I would love to hear about your beet greens adventures. Cheers!


INGREDIENTS

  • 3-4 medium beet leaves (about 1 cup chopped greens)
  • 2-3 frozen bananas
  • 8-10 fresh mint leaves (add more for extra minty flavor)
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt*
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Optional Toppings

  • Raw cacao nibs
  • Shredded coconut
  • Chocolate chips

*For a sweeter taste, use vanilla or honey yogurt. For vegan options, substitute Greek yogurt with almond or coconut-milk yogurt. 

DIRECTIONS

1. Buy organic beet greens when available. 

2. Thoroughly and gently rinse beet greens and mint leaves. Remove beet greens and mint leaves from stems. Save stems for an awesome beet stem side-dish

3. Blend almond milk, mint leaves, and beet greens until smooth. Add frozen bananas and yogurt and blend, adding more liquid if needed. 

4. Top with chocolate chips, raw cacao nibs, or shredded coconut. Enjoy!