Goodbye Ruby Smoothie

I discovered today’s smoothie in my new Coconut Cookbook. The recipe seemed perfect–simple and healthful–and it even used leftover local foods from last summer. But I did have one concern. There was no way I was going to call a fun drink like this, a Strawberry Beet Smoothie. Not even to myself.  

Ruby Smoothie with Beets (shhhh)

Ruby Smoothie with Beets (shhhh)

When I poured it out of the blender and noticed its brilliant red color, I had the answer–Ruby Smoothie. 

I could even hear Mick Jagger singing… Goodbye Ruby Smoothie, Who could hang a name on you

Yes, the song fit. The drink was so sweet and tasty, it disappeared fast–just like the Ruby Tuesday in the song. I am always leery of making sweet things with beets after my chocolate beet cake failure (forgive the pictures if you look, it is one of my first posts), and the beet flavor did come through at first.  But after a couple sips the fresh sweetness took over and I didn’t notice any beet-i-ness at all. 

Ruby Smoothie Ingredients

Ruby Smoothie Ingredients

I took a few liberties with the original recipe, which called for grated beets. I figured if I was going to ask my blender to puree hard frozen strawberries, I didn’t need to turn my hands (and grater and countertop) magenta by grating the beets first. In fact I didn’t even peel them, though I did slice them–something I’m not even sure was necessary.

I did search out the coconut milk yogurt the original called for, finding it locally. But the other flavors overwhelmed the coconut, so I’m pretty sure you could use any yogurt you had on hand (or increase the coconut yogurt to bring that flavor through more). 

Ruby Smoothie

Ruby Smoothie, up close

I love getting fruit, vegetable and calcium in a drink that tastes like a treat! Do you have a favorite healthy treat? 

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Ruby Smoothie
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A blend of strawberries, yogurt, cranberry juice and beets (shhh), this Ruby Smoothie tastes more like a treat than a health food.
Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 1
  • 3 ounces (1/2 container) coconut milk yogurt (or yogurt of your choice)
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 1-inch square beet chunks, sliced
  • ⅓ c cranberry juice (or juice of your choice)
  1. Place all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 125 Trans fat: 0 Fiber: 4.3g

16 thoughts on “Goodbye Ruby Smoothie

  1. Louise

    I’m having so much fun with my nutribullet, Inger. However, I haven’t managed to slip in any beets yet. One day I will though. I fear the beetie juice too. Maybe I’ll try a bit at a time. That’s what I’ve been doing with those fruits and vegetables I’m uncertain about. (fresh ginger for instance)

    I do remember that song. I’m not sure I should be fessing up though, lol…Now, of course< i will be humming it in my brain the rest of the evening.

    Your smoothie looks delightful and the name is perfect! (I actually think Grace had a good name for her drink too, lol)

    Thanks for sharing, Inger…

    P.S. Did you see my post about Meatball Day links? You are more than welcome to join us:)

    1. Inger Post author

      Sorry about getting the song stuck in your head Louise. I think it is coming back to me again today. I did worry about the song dating me, but we have a Ruby Tuesday restaurant chain here–though now I’m wondering how many people make any connection between restaurant and song.

      I thought afterwards that I wish I’d had some turmeric to put in–I know Tammy from Agrigirl uses that in smoothies a lot, so it’s on my list to try. Though it’s a bit pricier than beets (which are pretty much free–lol).

      Can you believe there is not a single meatball in my repertoire? So I guess I am truly in need of your collection and look forward to it!

  2. Karis

    Love the idea of putting beets in a smoothie. Do you have a regular blender or a high-powered one? I’m wondering if my standard blender could handle beets and frozen berries, or if something like a Vitamix is needed.

    1. Inger Post author

      I did this in a Vitamix but our Door County blender is just a regular one and I have pretty good luck with that and frozen berries. I’d recommend giving it a try. You can always add a little extra juice if needed…

  3. Beth

    What a perfect name for your drink! And I had to go back and read your beet cake post. I think we’ve all had experiences like that!

  4. Kathy

    Oh Inger…I love your ruby smoothie! I’m sure it’s delicious with the beets and strawberries! And I love it’s vibrant color!
    I think I would love the beet cake!

    1. Inger Post author

      Thanks Kathy. Someday I do mean to go back and find a beet cake that really works 😉

  5. Kathy

    Inger, this looks delicious. The color so vibrant! One of my favorite afternoon smoothies is a cup of almond milk, frozen bananas, a t or so of maple syrup, maybe a t of almond butter and a t of raw cacoa powder. Now will have to try yours one of these winter days!

    1. Inger Post author

      I guess there is a good reason that beets work to dye Easter eggs! I will have to give your smoothie a try too Kathy. I’ve even got some almond milk begging to be used!

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