Red Healthy Smoothie

Red fruit and veg smoothie. Full of healthy goodness, ever so tasty and really quick to make - what more can you ask for

Red fruit and veg smoothie. Full of healthy goodness, ever so tasty and really quick to make – what more can you ask for

There has been a dramatic shift in weather (the snow vanished overnight and temperatures are 10C above 0C instead of below). And no matter that it is January,  it feels  like spring. All of a sudden I am craving fresh vegetables and fruit.

I remembered the fabulous Green Smoothie that I was making  regularly before winter set in. I decided to experiment with some different ingredients. I remembered a recipe with beets that just seemed crazy enough to try. The result? A fabulous red smoothie that I just cannot get enough of. It is fresh and fruity with a deep earthy undertone.

Sound interesting? Try it, you will not be disappointed
Sound too weird to be any good? Try it, you will be surprised


Serves 2

150g (1 cup) blueberries or cherries
1 medium beet, baked or cooked until soft
1/2 medium cucumber
handful of spinach
juice of 1/2 lime
splash of vanilla essence
250ml 1 cup rice milk (or hemp or almond)*
optional: 1 tsp chia seeds
optional: 1 tsp faxseeds


  1. For a wonderfully icy drink add frozen berries to the blender. Otherwise allow the berries to defrost first.
  2. Peel the beets and cut them into chunk and add.
  3. Cut cucumber into chunks and add.
  4. Add spinach, lime juice, vanilla and milk.
  5. Optional: add chia and flax seeds.
  6. Blend until smooth.


Tips & Variations

  • Spinach can be replaced with 3-4 kale leaves
  • Add a spoon full of protein powder or hemp
  • Truth be told: variations are endless
  1. This does sound pretty amazing! I look forward to a post-pregnancy detox/cleanse 🙂

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you!! Smoothies really are a great way to detox! I figure from your blog that the little one is coming soon! Enjoy the last few weeks!!

  2. Does it taste mainly like the berries or can you taste the other odd ingredients? I’m trying to get back on track with my eating these days!

    • afracooking said:

      The berries give most of the flavour but in the background you can taste the earthiness of the beets and vanilla. Smoothies are such an easy and comforting way to get more veggies into your body!!

  3. Nic said:

    That looks amazing, fresh and vibrant. You always have such great colours in your food!

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you so much for your lovely compliment! Nothing like a burst of colour in winter!

  4. MMMM! I love smoothies like this tasty one! Yum!

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