"Beet" the morning slump: mixed berry and beet smoothie

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"Beet" the morning slump: mixed berry and beet smoothie

This recipe comes to us from Kim Newell, MD, a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center, who uses smoothies to sneak in healthy ingredients that picky eaters might typically reject. "Offer veggies, but when refused, outsmart them," Dr. Newell advises. "Smoothies are a great way to add vegetables and lots of other healthy foods into your whole family’s diet, hidden in plain sight." Find Dr. Newell's original blog post with the full recipe here


  • 1 cup mixed frozen berries or blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground flax seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ tablespoon walnuts
  • 1/3 cup diced beet, either raw, canned, or roasted
  • Handful fresh or 1-2 tablespoons frozen spinach
  • 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt or low-fat coconut milk
  • 1 frozen banana or 1 teaspoon honey or agave syrup


  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend for 1 full minute. 
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

Nutrition information (per serving)

  • Calories: 372
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Cholesterol: 0
  • Trans fat: 0
  • Saturated fat: 1.5 g
  • Sodium: 78 mg
  • Carbohydrate: 58 g
  • Fiber: 12 g
  • Sugars: 9 g
  • Protein: 10 g