Radiant Glow Antioxidant Smoothie

March 12th, 2013 at 8:08 am
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I’m all about colorful food right now. Spring is sloooowwwww in coming to the Midwest, so it’s up to me to bring a little color into the kitchen with every chance I get. To beat the late winter blues, I whipped up this smoothie last week and savored every last drop!

You’ll be glowing from the inside out with every sip of this Radiant Glow Antioxidant Smoothie. Just look at that vibrant shade of magenta. As I gulped down spoonful after spoonful (yes…it’s thick enough to eat with a spoon!), I could almost feel my cells soaking up the nutrition and antioxidants.

What makes this hydrating meal so healthy? For starters, it’s packed with natural color! Nutrients are most concentrated in foods with deep, dark pigments, such as beets, berries, leafy greens, and red or black beans. I used to think that I had to steam beets in order to put them in smoothies, but they work just fine when you toss them in raw. Saves a step and still tastes fantastic.

I also added a little fresh ginger to this Radiant Glow Antioxidant Smoothie for extra anti-inflammatory power…and because I just can’t get enough of ginger’s spicy flavor. A quarter of an avocado adds creaminess and satiating fat to the smoothie, giving it that “spoonable” texture that’s almost close to pudding.

Last but not least, maca powder adds a special touch to this smoothie. Have you tried it? I recently started using maca powder earlier this winter, mostly in smoothies. The flavor is a little nutty and “roasty,” giving smoothies a hint of malt shake flavor. Raw maca powder is a powerful superfood that helps to balance hormones, increase energy and stamina, and aid the body in handling stress. I don’t eat it daily, but once in a while a tiny spoonful in a smoothie really hits the spot.

If I’m being honest, this smoothie is probably the best one I’ve had in at least six months. Not that my other smoothies are bad, they just get same-old-same-old after a while. I broke out of my shell when I whipped this one up by adding the beet and maca powder, which made a world of difference. It has a pleasantly sweet, slightly earthy flavor with just enough spice from the ginger to add a little zing. I couldn’t drink it fast enough!


More smoothies to chase away those winter blahs:

(Pictured above is a freshly harvested beet from the gardens at Rancho La Puerta. They were some of the best beets I’ve ever eaten!)


Radiant Glow Antioxidant Smoothie

Makes 1 smoothie

Glow from the inside out with this smoothie that’s packed with antioxidant power!


1/4 ripe avocado, pitted

1/2 cup mixed frozen berries

1/2 medium pear, peeled

1 small beet, peeled (or 1/2 of 1 medium beet)

1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used homemade almond milk)

1/4 cup water (or additional non-dairy milk)

1 (1/4-inch thick) slice of peeled ginger root

1 teaspoon raw maca powder (optional)

Pinch of sea salt


Combine all of the ingredients in a blender (I use my Vita Mix) and blend on high until creamy and smooth. Serve right away.

Find more healthy recipe inspiration at Slightly Indulgent Tuesday. (I swing by every week for a visual dose of YUM!)


  1. This looks SO pretty. I want some right about now!

  2. I’m a thick smoothie girl too. We like maca in our smoothies – though we use the gelatinized one.

  3. I LOVE beets in smoothies, expecially with berries. This looks amazing Hallie!

  4. I love maca root powder. I’ve been using it in my smoothies and shakes for a while now, but never enough that I can taste it. :D

  5. I am laughing as I, too, sit here right now drinking a smoothie with beets and ginger in it. We are on the same page. And I have to agree with you that freshly harvested beets are AMAZING!! We grow beets in our home garden and I swear they taste better than any store bought ones. :D
    I love your concoction and will definitely be giving this one a try!

  6. I really enjoy your blog but I thought I’d tell you that I called to order almonds from your source Zinke Orchards and even though they haven’t changed their website they are no longer pesticide free. That was a big disappointment. Thought you would like to know. If you find any other source I’d love to know. Renee

    • I bought for the 1st time this year from Just Almonds. 50# box cost me around $239. Split a box with another family if you have to. I box 1I froze them in baggies and can honestly say…You will never taste home made almond milk any better. I used 3 cups clean water to 1 cup almonds ( that were soaked over night and dehydrated at 105 degrees for 24 hours ) pinch of sea salt, dropper full of stevia and 1/8-1/4 tsp of vanilla….blended in a Vitamix blender. It is all we make around here.

      The almonds at this company are NOT pasturized, they keep all the nutrients/enzymes in tact. They are steam pasturized, which means the outer shell gets the steaming but the inside of the shell remains untouched. Hope this helps you!

  7. Hi Renee: I have never heard of Zinke Orchards and don’t think I’ve ever mentioned them or linked to them in a post before. Perhaps you have me confused with another blog? Regardless, it’s still good to know! Thanks. :)

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