Purple Pineapple Ginger Smoothie
This gorgeous pineapple ginger smoothie is loaded with the immune-boosting purple power of beets! Honestly, you never knew a beet smoothie could taste this good… Sweet pineapple, tangy raspberries, and a kick of fresh ginger—all packed into a creamy vegan smoothie with coconut milk and oats as the base. No sugar, no sweeteners, and no banana needed!
For another colorful breakfast smoothie with no banana, try my Red Bell Pepper & Strawberry Smoothie!
Did you know that “taste the rainbow” is actually great advice? And I’m not just talking about Skittles… There’s also a rainbow of colors that occur naturally in wholesome fruits and vegetables. And the plant compounds that create those pigments provide us with different nutrients, like the eye-catching red and purple colors in this nutritious smoothie with beets and berries.
Healthy smoothies are a tasty & easy way for us to pack more colorful foods into our diets—both fruits and veggies. Maybe, like me, you don’t always want to cook veggies or eat a salad. But blending up a tasty fruit and vegetable smoothie can make those nutrients more accessible. Even if you’re not typically a fan of raw or cooked beets, this ginger beet smoothie is a scrumptiously sweet way to take advantage of their purple-icious health benefits!
Eat the Rainbow!
Many folks think of green veggies like spinach, kale, or broccoli as being “the healthiest.” But we actually need a variety of different nutrients, which means eating different colors. So, eat with your eyes and taste that natural rainbow! Red, orange, yellow, purple, and even white foods (like cancer-fighting cauliflower) all contain unique nutrients that can help us fend off illness and chronic disease. This is because the different pigments that make foods colorful actually exist to protect plants from UV rays and environmental damage.
For example, orange carrots get their pigment from beta-carotene, which helps protect the plants’ tissues from damage. And in our bodies, beta-carotene functions as an antioxidant, protecting our cells from free radical damage. Similarly, this vibrant berry & beet smoothie contains its own unique antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds—thanks to the purple pigments in beets and the red pigments in raspberries!
Ginger Beet Smoothie Benefits
Red beets get their deep purple color from betalains—which can aid in detoxification and reduce chronic inflammation in our bodies when we eat them. There aren’t many common food sources that are rich in betalains, so this veggie smoothie with beets is a great way to sip up their benefits! Additionally, beets are a great source of immune-boosting vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant in the body and helps to slow the aging process.
Most impressively, beets are chock-full of dietary fiber. Altogether, this high fiber smoothie contains 11g of fiber per serving! It’s not so common to see red beets in smoothies, but they’re a surprisingly yummy addition. Although they do have an earthy flavor, beets also have the highest natural sugar content of any vegetable—perfect for naturally sweet beet smoothies!
Raspberries are one of the most antioxidant-rich foods on the planet—much like their superfood cousins, blueberries and acai berries. Anthocyanins give raspberries their red pigment, and these compounds also offer us some incredible antioxidant benefits. Many research studies have found that raspberries and other berries have disease-fighting and anti-cancerous effects!
And, you can cut even down on cost by making your pineapple ginger smoothie with frozen raspberries. The berries are flash-frozen at their peak time of freshness, preserving their color and all of those incredible nutrients. For double the antioxidant power, toss frozen raspberries into a vibrant pink pomegranate smoothie!
The Power of Fresh Ginger
We can’t forget about the ginger root in this nutritious smoothie. Fresh ginger contains one of the most powerful antioxidizing and anti-inflammatory compounds on the planet: gingerols. This compound gives ginger its uniquely zesty zing of flavor, and it makes any smoothie with ginger deliciously invigorating! It offers the perfect balance between the juicy pineapple, tangy raspberries, and earthy beets in this flavorful vegetable smoothie. It’s a flavor adventure that’s hard to BEET!
Purple Pineapple Ginger Smoothie
Beet Ginger Smoothie
- ½ cup frozen raspberries
- ¼ cup frozen pineapple
- 1 small raw red beet, peeled & chopped
- 1-2 tsp minced fresh ginger, peeled (~½ inch)
- ¼ cup oats
- ⅔ cup coconut milk
- chopped beets
- grated ginger
- coconut shreds
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve with desired toppings and enjoy!