Beet, Orange, and Ginger Smoothie 1 large smoothie 3/4 cup diced beets, preferably frozen overnight 1 seedless orange, peeled and quartered 1 heaping tablespoon roughly chopped fresh ginger

Beet, Orange, and Ginger Smoothie

Beet, Orange, and Ginger Smoothie

I’ve been loving my morning smoothies so much that I recently tried to give up coffee to try to simplify my morning routine. Spoiler alert: I lasted a day and a half.

I was already down to just a small cup in the morning (most of the time), and I thought it would just make my life easier to not be so dependent on it. I tried the same thing a couple of years ago, but wound up drinking 2-3 earl gray teas in the morning…which kind of defeated the purpose. This time, I was determined to quit cold turkey.

Well, I didn’t last long at all. I was so miserable that afternoon, so I let myself buy a green tea on my way to class. I tried again the next day and my caffeine headache got worse and worse as the day went on, even though I don’t usually have caffeine later in the day! I finally caved. Matt thought the whole thing was a silly idea in the first place, and got a good laugh when he got home and I was holding a mug of coffee.

So…I’m back to my routine of breakfast + coffee + smoothie. I’ve mostly been alternating between my green smoothie and this beet, orange, and ginger smoothie.

Beet, Orange, and Ginger Smoothie

Have I mentioned that I love beets? I’ve been especially loving juices made with beets lately, and since I don’t own a juicer (yet…), I started using raw beets in my smoothies. I find that they blend just fine when I dice them up finely. (If you don’t have a high powered blender, you might want to lightly steam or grate them).

If I’m planning on making these all week, I simply dice up all the beets on Sunday and put them in the freezer so they’re ready to go when I need them.

Beet, Orange, and Ginger Smoothie

The only other components are a seedless orange and lots of fresh ginger. It actually ends up being surprisingly sweet with just the beets and the orange, so I think it’s worth a try if you haven’t jumped on the veggie juice/smoothie bandwagon yet.

Beet, Orange, and Ginger Smoothie

Someday…someday…this will replace coffee.

Beet, Orange, and Ginger Smoothie

Yield: 1 large 2.5 - 3 cup smoothie

Beet, Orange, and Ginger Smoothie

If not using a high-powered blender, make sure to either finely grate or steam the beets.


  • 3/4 cup diced beets, preferably frozen overnight (see note)
  • 1 seedless orange, peeled and quartered
  • 1 heaping tablespoon roughly chopped fresh ginger


  • Place all the ingredients in a blender. Add enough water to cover and blend on high until completely smooth, adding additional water if necessary. Serve right away.


If you don't freeze some of the ingredients ahead of time, just substitute ice for half of the water to make sure the smoothie stays cold as it blends.

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  • Michelle Lahey

    I looove using beets in our juicer. But I have to admit, I’ve never tried replacing coffee with my juice, haha. That’s probably a good idea to do at some point…

  • Bianca Garcia

    I haven’t tried beets in a smoothie yet but I can imagine that I would like this especially with the orange. Gorgeous color, too!

  • Joanne (eats well with others)

    I have no desire to quit coffee…even aside from the caffeine addiction, I just love the whole coffee-drinking experience. But it would probably do me good to get into some kind of smoothie routine as well…this is the second beet smoothie I’ve seen this week, so I’m thinking it’s a sign of sorts.

  • Megan

    Oh wow. I did not know beets would blend up like that. Just the color of this smoothie is enough to make me crave it! I absolutely can’t give up coffee. I’ve had a cold and I’ve been trying to have tea to soothe my throat, but I get awful headaches if I don’t have a little coffee as well.

  • Sasha Stefanova

    I’ve been a dedicated coffee drinker since I was 13 and finally found a way to quit it! I’ve also had the times when I’ve tried to stop it and had headaches and dizziness but not with this solution! I usually have my coffee with steamed soya or steamed low fat milk and one day I tried a chai tea latte! Amazing! Now every morning I make myself some chai tea which has a bit of caffeine in it but also all these anti-inflammatory spices like cinnamon etc…I add a little honey and I add the steamed soya/low fat milk and voila! Amazing! If you are a black coffee drinker you can still enjoy just the chai tea but leave the tea bag in so it’s stronger! 😉

    • Vibeke Kale Vale

      Mmmm that sounds good!

  • AuntBsMom

    I love the color of these. That alone makes me want to use beets in my smoothies! I stopped drinking diet coke (6 + cans a day) by doing it slowly! If you are really only having a small cup it must be VERY strong to give you a caffeine headache but if you increase your water intake as you decrease the coffee that should help. You might try to cut coffee out again by adding more water to your coffee each day. Even if it is just a tablespoon the 1st day and 2 then next and so on. Soon it won’t taste like coffee and in a week or two you will be out of the addiction. I added 6 -8 cups of water each day as I cut out the coke. Best of luck and I do hope you try again. Addictions are something to shy away from even if it is just caffeine.

  • Vibeke Kale Vale

    I have tried to give up coffee so many times!! The longest I ever went was THREE months! Currently I’m on Day 2. (I use peppermint and lavender oils for the headaches, which by the way go away during day 2.)

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