Cherry Lime Red Beet Smoothie

This cherry lime red beet smoothie is the perfect drink for summertime. It is refreshing and the red beets give the smoothie a beautiful color!

Cherry Lime Red Beet Smoothie - a simple, refreshing smoothie made with just 4 ingredients!

Cherries are my summer candy. I love sitting around on a lazy summer day, stuffing my face with fresh cherries, and spitting out the pits like a baseball player with sunflower seeds. However, as we all know, cherry season is far too short. A few months a year just isn’t enough, but I guess this makes me appreciate cherries even more when they come in season!

To savor cherry season for as long as I can, I like to buy pounds and pounds of cherries during peak season and freeze them. I usually use a cherry pitter to pit all these cherries, but this wine bottle and chopstick trick works just as well. (It’s a great excuse for drinking a bottle of wine, if you ever need one.) After pitting the cherries, I’ll line them all on a plate and freeze them for a few hours or overnight before transferring them to a freezer bag. This way, the cherries won’t clump up together in the freezer.

At this point, you’re probably wondering why I don’t just go out and buy a bag of frozen cherries. Although frozen cherries taste fine, the color is definitely not the same. Frozen cherries tend to take on a more purplish hue while cherries that I freeze are still quite red, and they make my food look prettier. I’m a stickler for pretty food.

For this cherry smoothie, I added lime juice for zing and some beets to neutralize the sweetness of the cherries. The beets also give this smoothie a beautiful magenta color that just brings a smile on my face whenever I make it. Yeah, super cheesy but true!

Let’s make a smoothie toast to the last days of summer!

Cherry Lime Red Beet Smoothie - a simple, refreshing smoothie made with just 4 ingredients!


  • Turning this drink into a slushie: If you are still battling the summer heat, turn this smoothie into a super chilled drink to cool you off from the inside out! Try adding 3/4 cup of ice cubes to this recipe. The ice cubes will water down your drink, so you might want to add more cherries, lime juice or beets to give the drink more flavor. Personally, slushies give me brain freezes, so I prefer drinking this as a smoothie instead.
  • If you want something more sweet: Try adding 1/2 to 2/3 cup of frozen mango if you want more sweetness in the smoothie. I thought the mango made the smoothie a touch too sweet, which is why I left it out of the recipe.


  • Using the right blender: If you’re going to commit to drinking smoothies a few times a week, I highly recommend getting a high-speed blender. I used to make smoothies with a  cheap blender, and I never quite got the consistency that I wanted. Currently, I use a Vitamix, but the Nutri Ninja served me very well for a long time and it’s less expensive than the Vitamix)


For those of you who are curious about my cherry pitting trick, here it is:

Cherry Lime Red Beet Smoothie - a simple, refreshing smoothie made with just 4 ingredients!


Cherry Lime Red Beet Smoothie

  • Author: Lisa Lin
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Large Serving or 2 Small Smoothies


  • 1 ½ cups (450g) pitted cherries, fresh or frozen
  • juice from 1 ½ to 2 limes
  • ½ cup (75g) raw chopped red beets
  • 1 cup (240ml) almond milk
  • a few ice cubes
  • lime slices for garnish (optional)


  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Serve in glasses and garnish if a slice of lime if you like.


NUTRITION INFORMATION: Yields 2 small smoothies. Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194, Total Fat 2g, Saturated Fat: 0.1g, Sodium: 113mg, Cholesterol: 0mg, Total Carbohydrate: 47g, Dietary Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 32.3g, Protein 4.1g


15 thoughts on “Cherry Lime Red Beet Smoothie

  1. Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    Ooooh just love this recipe, Lisa! So much vibrance and nourishment. I do the same thing… freeze as many cherries as I can get my hands on! We even bought a mini freezer this year! OMGee! I need to freeze a few more bags to get my fix for the year. Thank you for this delicious recipe, Lisa! I hope your travels are going well xo

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  5. Ann Woodhead

    I ran this through My Fitness Pal app and got different nutritional information. 450g of cherries has 78g of carbohydrates, which brings the nutritional information to: cal: 194, carbohydrate: 46.75, protein: 2.85, fat: 1.25, sugars: 27.40. I checked on the USDA site and got similar results. Perhaps you used the info on one serving of cherries (140g) and forgot to triple it. Otherwise, it looks like a great recipe and I’m going to try it.

    1. Lisa Lin Post author

      Hi Ann, thanks for your note! The program I use for the nutrition information wasn’t giving me the proper numbers. I will update them shortly. Thanks!

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  10. Lynn

    Can cooked beets be used, do you think? They’re all I currently have. I’ve been making a smoothie everyday for my mother’s husband for a few months now. He was diagnosed with ALS early last year and has developed trouble swallowing. I’m trying to find different recipes. Right now I only have about 5 different kinds and would like to broaden the variety of ingredients. I never really thought of adding veggies other than leafy greens!


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