'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 a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center, who uses smoothies to sneak in healthy ingredients that picky eaters might typically reject. Smoothies are a great way to add vegetables and lots of other healthy foods into your whole family’s diet, hidden in plain sight.


  • 1 cup mixed frozen berries or blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground flax seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon walnuts
  • 1/3 cup diced beet, either raw, canned, or roasted
  • Handful fresh or 1 to 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
  • Total fat: 14 g
  • Saturated fat: 1.5 g
  • Trans fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 78 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 58 g
  • Dietary fiber: 12 g
  • Total sugars: 9 g
  • Protein: 10 g