Strawberry Beet Coconut Smoothie

Strawberry Beet Coconut Smoothie |

I’ve got something to tell ye’s..

I thought long and hard before making this announcement, but I figured there was no way I’d be able to keep my news hidden from you for 9 months…

…much less 2 years.

BOOM I got ya! You thought my 9 months remark meant I was brewing something cute, cuddly, and fury in the bun-oven. But I’m doing no such thing. I know…vicious trick.

I’ll just come right out and say it.

You guys, I got adult braces. And they’re going to be bonded to my facehole for two entire years (unless I pull them out with my own bare hands beforehand sohelpmegaaaaaaaah!).

The actual emotional, physical, and visual impact is far too intense to relay in one blog post, so I’m thinking about writing a Fireside Chat about the whole thing. Trust me, you’ll want to read it. If not for a good dose of profanity, for your own ego-boosting enjoyment.

Anyway, adult braces. I’ve had them for 10 entire days. This spot of news means two main bullet points: My mugshot’s shot, and solid food is SO NOT ON THE MENU. Like, I have no clue how I’m going to post any recipes other than smoothies, soup, and scrambled eggs over the next 24 months, but we’ll make this work, right? You have hope for the speedy recovery of my trap, right?

Milkshakes, anyone?

How about a smoothie?

Bumblebee tuna?

Strawberry Beet Coconut Smoothie |

After grating up a big beet for those Chocolate Beet Muffins I showed you on Sunday, I had leftover beet shreds galore, which I’ve been using in smoothies and acai bowls. It’s rare that I make the same smoothie twice, much less drink it every day for a solid week, but that is exactly what I’ve been doing with this smoothie. Every dang day. Not just on account of the adult braces, but also on account of the fact that it tastes sooooo good!

I recommend it.

Please make.

Even if you don’t have a single brace in your face.

Give your teeth a dang break.

Drink your beets.

Strawberry Beet Coconut Smoothie |

Strawberry Beet Coconut Smoothie |

Strawberry Beet Coconut Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 large smoothie
Author: Julia


  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1-½ cups ripe strawberries
  • 1/3 cup shredded beet
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • ¼ cup orange juice


  1. Put it all in a blender and blend until smooth.

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  1. Nora (A Clean Bake)

    Oh your poor mouth! I mean it’s going to look great when your braces come off, but for now, I’m sorry you’re in pain! Thank goodness for blenders, that’s all I remember from having braces. But I didn’t have smoothie recipes nearly this good back then! I love all the creative ways you use beets!

    1. Julia Post author

      My sentiments, exactly. I mean, I’ve always loved my blender, but now I feel closer to it than ever before 😀 Let me know if you come across an otherworldly smoothie/soup recipe!

  2. Julie

    Mashed potatoes with lots of cheese!! That’s what I remember eating (I’m old. We didn’t have blenders back then, or at least Momma didn’t). With any luck, you’ll get rubber bands and learn to shoot them with your tongue and hit your brother across the dining room table with one. Not that I ever DID that, I’ve just HEARD it’s possible. Yeah. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.

    1. Julia Post author

      Bring on those freaking rubber bands! I can fling food with them?!! I can’t wait! Plus, I haven’t had mashed potatoes yet, so I had better start lining up the fattiest, fully-loadedest recipes in all the land to comfort my facetrap. Got any good recipes for me?!!

      1. Julie

        Well, I never tried to fling food with them, but the rubber band itself shoots out and snaps one’s brother in the face, if you are talented. And, it was a mistake, you know. Although, you met my mother, so you can probably figure that I couldn’t pull one over on a 6th grade teacher. haha And yes!! Check out Stephie’s Roasted Garlic, Goat Cheese and Chive mashed potatoes. You know that roasted garlic is like the nectar of gods or something.

  3. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    Well that was totally not where I was expecting that intro to go! You poor thing. I’ve never had braces but I can imagine it’s a yoooge adjustment. You’ll get used to them in time then before you know it, you’ll be able to take them off and you can celebrate with all the foods you want! 🙂 Hang in there, girly!

    In the meantime, feel free to post all of the smoothies and scrambled eggs you want. This one is so purdy, it’s like a ray of sunshine in my day!

    1. Julia Post author

      Shuuuueeeeesh, you’re one lucky lady with those gorgeous pearly whites! It amazes me to hear when people with beautiful teeth didn’t have braces. A couple of my friends never did, and I’m like, “gimme your DNA!” Anyhoo, let’s have a party with drinkable foods and thanks so much for your sweet words!

  4. renee (will frolic for food)

    oh girl! i feel your pain. i had braces for 4 years and had a handful of surgeries to get my winning chompers in order. you WILL survive! i’ll come over and drink smoothies with you if it makes you feel any better! also, rely on ice cream my friend. it will never let you down when you’re feeling sad about your brace face. also i <3 this smoothie. xo

    1. Julia Post author

      Wha whaaaaaa?! Surgery? By golly, girl, I feel like I need to suck it up cause I can’t imagine all the pain you went through! Yes, let’s drink all the smoothies and talk about things that have zero things to do with teeth! xoxo

  5. Susan

    I never had the “pleasure” of braces, but I don’t envy you for what you’re going through. Hopefully it will get better, except for brief periods when they tighten them. In the meantime, keep the smoothies coming. I’m always looking for good smoothie recipes. And I hope you feel better soon.

    1. Julia Post author

      Thanks, Susan! I’m starting to get used to them little by little, and it’s actually been good getting myself out of my regular food routine. I’m now broadening my soft food horizons like never before, haha! Thanks for the encouragement xoxo!

  6. Jennie @onesweetmess

    The color of this smoothie is stunning. Love it! Girl, if I lived closer, I would hand deliver all the cocktails, because I’m pretty sure you could use one, and I’m also pretty sure they’re brace friendly.

    1. Julia Post author

      My thoughts exactly! I’ve been drinking more alcohol lately than ever before…girl’s gotta get her calories in somehow… 😉

  7. Shirley

    The smoothie sounds wonderful, and looks amazing. Come on up this weekend, and I will make a large supply!

  8. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Oh girl. You did trick me there and I thought there was going to be some baby talk! Oh man. I had braces so I know what you are going through. But it’s worth it. And this smoothie = it’s the color of my dreams. Hope you are feeling better soon! Good thing for the existence of milkshakes!

    1. Julia Post author

      YES! So happy to hear someone else had to deal with this ish as an adult. I wanted to do Invisalign, but it wasn’t the best option for me 🙁 Cheers to straightening shit out as an adult and thanks for your words of encouragement!

    1. Julia Post author

      Seriously, girl, if you’re happy with the way your mouth is, I’d say hold off on the metal..ain’t no reason to fix what ain’t broke, is my motto! Let me know if you try the smoothie!

  9. Joanne

    I had braces for an absurdly long time and I promise…your teeth will feel less in pain! Soon!! And then you can consider eating solid foods again. though, I think no one will blame you if you have this smoothie every day for the next two years. Because, YUM.

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