Enjoy this low-fat, low-calorie strawberry beet smoothie packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and protein. The beet smoothie recipe with banana and hibiscus tea is a delicious way to start your day, cleanse your liver, and help you achieve your weight loss goals.
Beets are one of my favorite foods for cleansing the liver and gallbladder to naturally promote bile flow, which is essential for detox and preventing SIBO. Thus, I have a lot of beet recipes, including many beet smoothies. Surprisingly, I hadn’t tried making a beet and strawberry smoothie, but I am so glad I did, as I must say it is my favorite fruit combination with fresh beets.
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I was inspired to make this low fat, low calorie, high protein beetroot and strawberry smoothie after listening to many podcasts with diabetes researcher Roy Taylor and reading his book Life Without Diabetes, where he effectively reversed fatty liver and diabetes in type 2 diabetics by getting people to lose weight using a low calorie liquid diet with protein shakes.
Roy Taylor used a 700 calorie per day diet to rapidly help people lose weight and thus reverse fatty liver and diabetes. The cornerstone of the diet used was three protein shakes and a small 100 calorie salad or non-starchy vegetables.
Each shake would need to be under 200 calories. Roy Taylor used meal replacement shakes as they were easy, high in protein, low calorie, and contained essential vitamins and minerals that can be hard to obtain on a 700-calorie diet.
While the shakes he used in the studies were effective, I wanted to create a healthier version of real food. Suppose you use this smoothie to lose weight and reduce your calorie intake. In that case, I recommend taking a multivitamin and fish oil alongside this nutritious strawberry beet smoothie to ensure essential nutrient intake.
The beet banana strawberry smoothie is low calorie, high protein. It only contains 1 gram of fat, which aligns with the recommendations of the Mastering Diabetes Program founded by Robby Barbaro and Cyrus Khambatta, who are also leading experts in weight loss and reversing type 2 diabetes.
Ingredients in the strawberry beet smoothie:
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/4 cup raw beets, peeled and chopped
- Half a banana
- 10 grams of Vega pea protein powder mixed with any unflavoured protein powder
- 10 grams of collagen powder
- 1 cup cold hibiscus tea
- Prepare Your Ingredients: Begin by gathering all your ingredients. Ensure the strawberries are frozen, the beets are peeled and chopped, and the banana is ripe.
- Brew Hibiscus Tea: Brew a cup of hibiscus tea and allow it to cool. You can make this ahead of time and refrigerate it for an extra chill factor in your smoothie.
- Combine in Blender: In a high-powered blender, add the frozen strawberries, raw beets, half a banana, pea protein powder, collagen powder, and cold hibiscus tea.
- Blend Until Smooth: Blend the ingredients on high until you achieve a smooth, creamy consistency. Stop and scrape down the sides if necessary to ensure all the ingredients are well incorporated.
- Taste and Adjust: Give the smoothie a taste and adjust the sweetness if needed. You can add a drizzle of maple syrup or a couple of dates if you prefer a sweeter flavor.
- Serve and Enjoy: Pour your vibrant strawberry beet smoothie into a glass, and you’re ready to enjoy a nutrient-packed treat!
Tips and substitutions
I used a combination of half vanilla-flavored protein powder and half unflavored protein powder. The flavored protein powders are too overpowering in sweetness. Still, I like that the vanilla-flavored Vega protein powder provides the perfect extra sweetness when combined with a plain pea protein powder. You can also use any protein powder of your choice or Metabolic Detox Complete.
If you use unflavored protein powder, you may want to sweeten the smoothie with dates, maple syrup, or another sweetener, such as one of these three sugar substitutes for people with diabetes. Remember that many natural sweeteners, such as dates and syrup, will add extra calories to this smoothie.
The earthiness of the beets combines beautifully with banana and strawberries to make the most delicious pink smoothie. The beet flavor should not be overpowering when only 1/4 cup is used, but for all beet lovers, add more beets if desired.
Cold hibiscus tea is used as the liquid in this smoothie as it is fantastic for fatty liver, but you could use unsweetened almond milk or water instead.
I used frozen strawberries in this smoothie recipe, but if you don’t use frozen fruit such as banana or strawberries, add some ice cubes when blending to chill the smoothie.
I kept the total fat to a minimum to keep this smoothie low calorie and low fat, but adding a tsp of ground flax seeds would be a fantastic addition to get the essential omega-3 fats and extra fiber into your diet.
Adding a scoop of tart cherry powder is another fantastic addition to this smoothie that I often add, as extracts from cherries have potent antioxidants that are beneficial for fatty liver and overall liver health.
Nutritional benefits of this strawberry beet smoothie:
- Antioxidant Boost: Strawberries and beets are rich in antioxidants, helping combat free radicals in the body.
- Protein Power: The combination of pea protein and collagen powder provides a healthy dose of protein, supporting muscle repair and overall well-being.
- Hydration with Hibiscus: Hibiscus tea adds a refreshing flavor and helps to hydrate the body. Hibiscus tea can also help prevent fatty liver, which is essential to reversing insulin resistance.
- Beets: One of my top liver cleansing vegetables to support a sluggish gallbladder
- High in vitamins and minerals, including B6, folate, vitamin C, manganese, potassium, and many others in smaller amounts.
According to Cronometer, this beet banana strawberry smoothie contains:
- 214 calories
- 22 grams protein
- 26 grams carbohydrates
- 1 gram fat
This strawberry beet smoothie is a nutritional powerhouse and an excellent weight-loss recipe. The sweetness of strawberries and the natural sugars in bananas offset the raw beetroot to make the best-tasting beet and strawberry smoothie. It is a great low-calorie breakfast option to curb your hunger while supporting your weight loss goals.
Strawberry Beet Smoothie – Low Fat, Low Calorie & High Protein
- 1 High speed blender
- 1 chopping board and knife
- ¼ cup beets
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- ½ banana
- 1 cup hibiscus tea
- 10 grams pea protein powder (half vanilla flavored mixed with plain pea protein powder)
- 10 grams collagen powder
- Pre make 1 cup of hibiscus tea by mixing a tea bag in 1 cup boiling water and let it cool.
- Peel and chop beet and place in the blender will all the ingredients.
- Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Serve in glass cup and enjoy!
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