Beet, Apple and Ginger Detox Smoothie {Vegan, Raw}

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This is a selfish smoothie. At a time of the year when food and cooking is all about hospitality, I’ve made something entirely for me, a concoction I knew from the start–with 100% certainty–that no one else in my house would desire except me.

But, it’s ok for several reasons. First, because I need a burst of energy for the next few days, and this revitalizing drink provides plenty. Second, because I am least “sharing” my drink with you, fair reader. Third, because balance is a good thing–i.e., it’s fine to take 10 minutes out of my day to do nothing save for savoring a smoothie…I think…still working on that one…and finally, because this simple drink thrills me to my toes, and that’s always fine justification for a food blog.

I should also mention that this is the inaugural smoothie from spanking brand new, first-ever Vitamix 750 Blender! I entered a Food Network Contest many months back  that asked contestants to come devise a single recipe that makes use of a blender and combines (1) shrimp, (2) watermelon, (3) dill pickles, and (4) soy sauce. Seriously.

I entered the dessert category. Seriously.

Lucky me, I won a mixer! I promise to put it to good blog use in the days, months and years to come.  I will, however, spare you my shrimp-watermelon-pickle-soy sauce assemblage.

Enjoy the days ahead, safe travels, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Raw Beet & Apple Detox Smoothie
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 2
  • 1 medium organic red beet, scrubbed, peeled and finely grated (about ⅔ cup grated)
  • ½ of 1 small zucchini, grated (about ⅓ cup grated)
  • 2 medium organic sweet-tart apples, grated (e.g., Braeburn or Gala)
  • ¼ of a medium organic English cucumber, grated (about 3 to 4 tbsp)
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 2-1/2 cups ice water
  • optional: stevia or raw honey to sweeten
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth.
Beets are great for detoxing becuase they are packed with potassium, folate, fiber and antioxidants. They also contain betaine, a compound that may protect against liver damage, and help the liver process fats. It also contains the betacyanin, and antioxidant that may provide anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and detoxification support (notably supporting glutathione-dependent phase 2 detoxification). Go Beets!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ the recipe Calories: 115 Fat: 0.1 g Carbohydrates: 29.5 g Sugar: 21.7 g Sodium: 36 mg Fiber: 5.5 g Protein: 0.9 g Cholesterol: 0


  1. Anonymous says

    Just what I need before–and after–tgiving! And I love beets, so this one is getting made tomorrow morning before the festivities begin

    Preeta 😉

  2. Anonymous says

    lthis is gorgeous, Camilla! I would love more details about the shrimp-pickle-soy-watermelon dessert–I cannot imagine what you came up with!

  3. says

    Long time lurker here. I made this smoothie this morning and it was delicious. I’ve made a lot of green smoothies before and had a lot of beet juice, but this was my first beet smoothie. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. MB says

    So, if you have a Vitamix, why all the chopping and (especially) grating? It should work fine with all items coarsely chopped…
    Sounds delicious — I look forward to trying it.
    Also, I second the idea that you cannot possibly mention a shrimp pickle soy watermelon dessert and then not elaborate! Especially an award winning one!

    • Camilla says

      Hi! If you have a Vitamix, you definitely do not need to do all the grating/chopping–I’ll make a note of that. But since the majority of people reading have a regular blender, I wanted to make sure they got a drinkable smoothie (rather than a chunky :)). Old habits die hard. I promise to provide more detail about the winning recipe (it was a Mexican popsicle/paleta) :)


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