Hot Pink Beet Smoothie with Citrus

Created by Laura Wright
5 from 1 vote

Hot pink beet smoothie is refreshing and stunning. A hint of beet with berries, citrus and almond butter makes an energizing breakfast.

An overhead shot of hot pink beet smoothie in 3 glasses on a white marble background. A clementine and jar of chia seeds is nearby.

Popping in so quick today! The First Mess Cookbook is finally out, and while I know that you may be experiencing some book news-related fatigue, I’m just happy that it’s making its way out to so many of you. I gush about how grateful I am for your support as often as I can, but I can always gush a little more: Thank you so much. I love seeing what you’re making, so please feel free to tag me on Instagram and use our official hashtag too: #FirstMessCookbook.

I’m sharing the Hot Pink Beet Protein Smoothie because 1) it’s hot pink, and 2) I actually drink this all the time! I love that it isn’t too sweet and that it capitalizes on a cellar-hardy vegetable like beets. Throw in some citrus, almond butter, frozen summer berries, a sprinkle of chia, and you’ve got an energizing blend that’s really fun to look at. I know that a beet smoothie seems a little offbeat at first glance, but that earthy sweetness is so right with the tart and rich components here. Take a look over here for more smoothie inspiration.

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An overhead shot of ingredients for a hot pink beet smoothie with The First Mess Cookbook open to the recipe. Everything is on a white marble background.
A light blue bowl with stains from some chopped beets.

Hot Pink Beet Smoothie with Citrus

Hot pink beet smoothie is refreshing and stunning. A hint of beet with berries, citrus and almond butter makes an energizing breakfast.
5 from 1 vote
Hot Pink Beet Protein Smoothie from The First Mess Cookbook
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1 juicy clementine or tangerine, peeled and broken into segments
  • 1 small beet, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup red berries of choice (such as raspberries or strawberries)
  • ½ ripe banana, preferably frozen
  • 2 tablespoons raw or roasted almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch fine sea salt



  • I’m recommending a high speed blender for this one because raw beet, as you may know, is quite firm.
  • This smoothie is equally good with a cooked beet though–maybe even a touch creamier!


  • In an upright blender, combine the clementine segments, beet, berries, banana, almond butter, chia seeds, almond milk, vanilla, and sea salt. Blend until completely smooth. Enjoy immediately!
08/03/2017 (Last Updated 07/03/2024)
Posted in: autumn, beverage, breakfast, creamy, earthy, gluten free, grain-free, oil free, quick, raw, refined sugar-free, snack, sour, spring, summer, sweet, vegan, winter


Recipe Rating

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  • Yuki

    WOW! I was skeptical because I’ve never added beets to a smoothie, but this was SO GOOD! I’m drinking it now and it is delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Jessi

    Love this smoothie! Amazing color! Going to order your book today. Thank you for sharing:)

  • Lindsay

    I just got my cookbook last week and am so excited to work my way through it!

  • Maria

    The color from the beets is GORGEOUS!!! And congratulations about the book. It looks gorgeous as well. Beautiful and delicious cooks books are the best kind! So exciting:)

  • Jill @ Sew French

    Hi Laura, I read your cookbook cover to cover. Love ❤️! My parents owned a restaurant. I appreciate your culinary-vibe. I’ll be riffing on your root veggie dal The addition of celery root is genius. I’m also going to give the deep immune soup a whirl. I want to try your crepes, pumpkin mousse and chocolate chunk ginger cookies. The simple addition of celery salt on avo-toast is a good idea. I sprinkle homemade sesame-salt (gomashio) on mine. Your pancake recipes look amazing too. Thank you!

  • Emily Harris

    We’ve been working our way through recipes pretty regularly since I picked up your cookbook. I keep coming back to this smoothie though – a perfect pre-gym snack!

  • Nina Olsson - Nourish Atelier

    A huge Congratz Laura! The first thing I’ll make from your book will be the broccoli Ceasar, for sure!

  • Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek

    Congrats Laura!!! A million celebrations should be in order for your stunning work. I just got my book, and I can’t WAIT to cook everything in it. Amazing! xoxo

  • Jessie Snyder

    Yay, girl, YAY!!!!!!!

  • Courtney

    I haven’t been this excited over a cookbook in a long time (nor have I ever actually pre-ordered one)! Though I haven’t made my way through all of it yet, what I have seen has my mouth watering and eager to get into the kitchen. I made the plant-powered protein pancakes this morning and they were amazing!! I’m making a note to get some citrus at the market this weekend so I can try out this pink stunner of a smoothie. Congrats again on such an amazing tome of plant-based beauty!

  • callie

    I received your cookbook as a gift from my Momma. She pre-ordered it for her and I and I got my copy on Tuesday. I cannot wait to get into the kitchen this weekend. I have spent the last two nights before bed going through the book and I am blown away! It is so stunning and inspiring. Congrats!

  • Lily | Kale & Caramel

    I love this smoothie! Gorgeous and deep and nourishing and delicious. And I love that I got to walk through the past year by your side with the wildness of all things book. THE FIRST MESS is stunning, and it’s an absolute honor to know and celebrate you in every way.

  • Meredith | Earth & Oven

    Yahoo! I know the plant-coveting world has been waiting YEARS for this beauty to come to life. It has quickly become a staple in my lil kitchen for reading + inspiration. Congrats Laura!

  • Becky

    I just received your cookbook in the mail last night and I am SO excited! It’s beautiful and makes fills me with a warm, cozy feeling. After a few moments of flipping through the pages, I know that even my boyfriend, who is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, is going to fall for your recipes. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  • Neeti

    Got your book yesterday and got I chance to just look through and I love it!! Can’t wait to try few recipes in next few days.

  • Sonia

    Hi Laura…I was so happy to finally receive your book in the mail. I preordered in July! It is absolutely stunning. Now I can read all the other bloggers posts with your recipes– I didn’t want to ruin it and feel like I’d seen half the recipes already. :) Congratulations!

  • Julia Graham

    Girl, you had me at Hot Pink… currently away on retreat, with no sign of a nutritious smoothie in sight. Can’t wait to try this. Congrats on the book. AMAZEBALLS!!

  • Pia

    Laura! Seeing your amazing book, recipes, and mentions thereof all over the world wide web seriously brings much such joy, and I am honestly just so so happy for you. Congrats once again (for, like, the 10th time…) :) and of course, thanks for sharing this vibrant, and indeed very interesting sounding, smoothie with us x

  • Javier Zanon

    Dear Laura,
    Congratulations! I’ve been following your website for quite a while now and you truly deserve it! Extraordinary, inspiring and beautiful work!


    Javier Zanon

  • clara

    what about Europe???? I bought the book but they’ve changed the release date…I can’t wait!

  • Emily

    I read through the whole thing last night when it arrived, very excited to start cooking from it! Congrats!

  • Kristina

    again – your stunning book is my new favorite and will be a fixture in my kitchen.

    thank YOU.

  • Katie

    Congratulations! I was so excited to see it at the bookstore last Saturday. I snatched it up, and read it on the bus home! We’ve already made the salt + vinegar potatoes and the broccoli with tempeh crumbles- I doubled the tempeh and used the extra for avocado toast today. So good!


    Ahhh congratulations, Laura! I love seeing your delicious recipes in action around the web and can’t wait to get my hands on your gorgeous book!
    As for that pretty smoothie, I had *basically* all the ingredients and made it this afternoon, using a beet I roasted last night and subbing tahini with a touch of maple for the almond butter. SO GOOD! :)

  • Sarah | Broma Bakery

    yyyyyyyyyYAAAAAY! I’ve been seeing blog posts all over, and I’m just LOVING everything I see! The book looks gorgeous, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Congratulations Laura!!!

  • Brenna B

    Long time fan of the blog. LOVE the cookbook! Read through it cover to cover and am super excited to try all the recipes! Thanks so much for the inspiration :)

  • Meghan

    Congratulations on the book! I’m so excited to make a trip over to Powell’s here in PDX to grab a copy in the next week or so (and I’m not even a veggie cook!) Everything from it looks so amazing.

    (This post actually gave me a giggle because I had JUST settled onto the couch with a beet-berry-ginger smoothie and was checking around the food blog circuit.)

    Also! I just made a version of your granola bars from the post over at Flourishing Foodie. I realized halfway through the process that I was out of brown rice syrup, so I used blackstrap molasses, added a few spices, and wham-bam I had some ginger molasses “cookie” granola bars. They are stellar! (Despite the fact I was terrified of how tahini and molasses might taste together…)

    Psyched to play with the rest of the recipes!

  • Sarah | Well and Full

    YAYYY LAURA!!! This is so exciting and I couldn’t be happier for you!! So much hard work, not only on your blog, but in creating this cookbook. It’s truly a piece of art. I was honored to be able to cook from this book!! Sending so many hugs and celebratory smiles :)

  • heather (delicious not gorgeous)

    ahh congrats!! all the recipes i’ve seen so far look amazing. and i love this smoothie is fruit-heavy (my favorite! is it truly a satisfying smoothie if it’s made of all greens?); plus, the color is such an amazing, creamy shade of pink.