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‘Beet’ Your Rivals Smoothie

by: CJ Hitz

‘Beet’ Your Rivals Smoothie
Fruits & vegetables with deep red or purple color are often excellent sources of anthocyanins (berries) and betalain (beets). These antioxidants can give our bodies a healthy boost, and also have anti-inflammatory benefits. Beets have also been found to be high in dietary nitrates which our bodies reduce to nitrite for the production of Nitric Oxide. Nitric Oxide (N-O) signals blood vessels to relax, helping to dilate the arteries and increase circulation which aids in endurance. Who can’t use a little more endurance?


Beet Juice


  • ½ cup cold black cherry juice
  • ½ cup cold beet juice (Another option I enjoy is adding beet juice powder to my smoothies. My preferred brand is BeetElite.
  • ½ cup frozen wild blueberries
  • ½ cup frozen sweet cherries
  • Handful of raw spinach leaves


  • Blend all ingredients until smooth

Nutrition Facts

  • 210 calories, 50g carbohydrates

A Bonus Training Tip

I’m not sure about you, but I’ve had several rivals over the years on both the roads and trails. Rivals can motivate us to train harder which can push us to new breakthroughs in our
running. I encourage you to look around and find a few people who consistently finish near or slightly ahead of you in some of the local races you run. It’s perfectly fine to introduce
yourself and share some mutual goals and upcoming races you’re training for. Friendly rivalries can lead to some great friendships…and personal bests!

**This recipe was an excerpt from the newly released book Smoothies For Runners 2.0 which was written by BeetElite Ambassador CJ Hitz.  This book contains 24 delicious and unique smoothie recipes geared to aid endurance athletes of all levels in their nutrition and recovery.  Each recipe also includes a “Training Tip” that corresponds to the title of each smoothie.  CJ is a national class masters runner and coach who makes smoothies a regular part of his weekly routine!
Author CJ Hitz

CJ Hitz, Runner, Author, & Coach

CJ Hitz is the author of numerous books including Smoothies For Runners and Starting Off On the Right Foot: A Beginner'sGuide to Running Well. He's a USATF Level 1 Certified running coach who helps runners of all levels squeeze out their full potential at any distance. To find out more, visit He is also a competitive masters runner in road, trail and mountain races around the country who enjoys experimenting with his own body in order to help the runners he coaches. CJ and his wife Shelley reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado where they are spoiled beyond measure with mountains, sunshine and trails.

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