Through the Garden Smoothie


Through the Garden Smoothie | Nutrition Stripped

I’m writing you all from the airport, heading back home to Nashville from our two week stay in San Francisco shooting my first cookbook…it was such an amazing experience and I can’t tell you all how much all of your kind words, support, and suggestions for what to visit- so appreciative beyond words. It has been a whirlwind of emotions the past couple of weeks to say the least! We’ve worked non-stop for 14 days to the point where sometimes I thought I couldn’t do it anymore yet most of the time feeling really excited, grateful, and happy about the project and how far it’s come…but I’m ready to let my mind and body relax, refuel, and refocus for the next chapter ahead. I know many of you took a holiday this weekend so you might be in the same mode as I am- let’s just say a “bounce back” mode.

Before leaving for San Francisco, I found myself utilizing beets almost every day (especially in my Beetroot Pineapple Salad) but also in my morning smoothies post workout for an extra body boost. This smoothie has earned the title “Through the Garden” by having a über delicious earthy/sweet mix of beets, spinach, lemon and lime, apple, strawberries, and bee pollen.

In Nashville, both strawberries and beets are abundant right now and they’re one of my favorite antioxidant rich foods that support the body in carrying out detoxification- you can read a bit more about them here and here! I promise this smoothie won’t “taste” like a garden. Both lemon and lime breakdown the grassy-earthy taste in this smoothie, therefore I highly recommend you to use both the lemon and lime plus it’s added vitamin C! The bee pollen is a completely optional ingredient, but I truly love adding this into smoothies, into porridge, or just taking a little spoonful here and there- heres a little bit more about bee pollen here.

Through the Garden Smoothie | Nutrition Stripped

5.0 from 4 reviews
Through the Garden Smoothie
Recipe type: smoothie
Serves: 1-2
A spring and summer inspired smoothie utilizing fresh produce of the gardens.
  • 1-2 cups of water
  • 1 beet
  • 2 cups raw spinach
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • 1 green apple
  • ½ cup fresh strawberries
  • Juice of 1-2 lemons
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ¼ jalapeno (optional)
  • 2-3 ice cubes to chill
  • Bee pollen to garnish, optional
  1. Simply combine all ingredients in a high speed blender, you'll need this to blend raw beets, and blend until smooth.
  2. Adjust sweetness by adding 1 date or 2 to sweeten naturally. Enjoy immediately and while cold.

I hope you all give this a try today or tomorrow morning to refuel your body! In the meantime, my mind is totally in vacation mode, if you have any recommendations for somewhere to go…preferably a beach, please comment! Wishing you lots of love and I’ll be back with more behind the scenes of the cookbook shoot once I’ve gotten settled back in.

xx McKel


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  • Beautiful juice! I’ll definitely add you on Snapchat!

  • This smoothie looks amazing Mckel! I love beets!

  • M

    You rock!!!! Beautiful beaches in south Orange County, CA!

  • Erin

    You should go to the US Virgin Islands – St. John’s Island. Search for Trunk Bay! It’s beautiful.
    Thank you for this delicious smoothie recipe! It’ll be a nice break from my regular green avocado smoothie 🙂

  • Deborah H

    What an interesting way to use beets! I love them when they are juiced in combination with other fruits/veggies but hadn’t thought about incorporating them into a smoothie. Thank you! By the way, I sometimes forget that you also are a contributor to Cameron Diaz’s website “The Body Book”. You have a lot of terrific articles posted there but thought it would be a good idea to mention it here as I am sure that others would be interested in revisiting this second really good resource:

  • i love adding beet to a smoothie – i usually add with strawberries and raw cacao for a red velvet take but love the additional ingredients in this! makes it so summery. safe travels home. xo

  • Hallie

    Just curious if you add any water to thin it a little. It seems as though hit would be very thick?
    Thanks for the recipe.

    • Yes! you can add 1-2 cups of filtered water or coconut water to your desired texture 🙂

  • Abbi*tarian

    Congratulations on your cookbook success!! Here’s to wishing the absolute best to you & your ventures!! Thank you for such a great solution to adding beets to a smoothie! I only tried it once but failed at choosing the proper beet companions & all I could taste was beet, though I added plenty of greens, fruit & lemon! But you were so wise, because I can see how strawberries would be a perfect bridge between sweet & beets, the lime makes all the difference & the jalapeno must be especially key, here! Thank you so much; I love beets too but was too timid to try them in smoothies, again, till now!

  • This looks stunning! I never thought to add jalapeño to a smoothie but I love the idea of a little spicy kick. 🙂

  • This smoothie looks divine. For whatever reason I’d never thought to pair strawberry and beets, but it makes so much sense and sounds like it would be delicious together. Also appreciate how lightly sweetened this one is, with the citrus and berries. Thanks!

  • 1. I love love the idea of this smoothie – i’m definitely going to make it.
    2. Hawaii or Costa Rica
    3. I wish you the best of luck as you continue working on your cookbook 🙂

  • So excited for you and your upcoming cookbook!! This smoothie looks so good!! Beets and strawberries sound like the perfect combination 🙂

  • Sara

    Love this combo, as I have also been obsessed with beets lately (not sure why). Can I swap anything for peppers … I was thinking ginger. If I add the line or lemon without the skin, how much would I do?

  • Sara

    Love it! I’ve been OBSESSED with wets and berries too!! Couple questions: can I use a cooked beet or raw is better? If I use lemon or lime without the skin how much woul I use? Cannot digest peppers 🙁 I’m thinking ginger Maybe 🙂

    • You can use either cooked or raw, but I prefer the raw. Juice lemon/lime the amounts are in the recipe 🙂

  • I love this red smoothie, the color is amazing and the flavors all blend and taste delicious and healthy! I’ve been trying to incorporate more beets in my diet so this is a perfect way to do it for me! Thank you for your amazing recipes!

  • KC

    I’ve made this smoothie twice now and absolutely love the taste & the zing of energy I feel afterwards! This time I did half spinach, half book choy and added some ginger & avocado. Yum!!! Thanks for yet another delicious smoothie recipe–you are so creative with your flavor combos! 🙂

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