So I thought I ought to share with you the smoothie that I've been drinking every morning for the past two weeks. I am completely addicted to the nutrient-packed combo of fruit and veg that goes into this... but not as obsessed as I am with the COLOUR. I love its deep, burgundy red tones. But don't be fooled into thinking this is sweet and fruity. I sprung this on my lovely friend Tara one morning over breakfast. Her reaction was a mixture of surprise, followed by denial... or perhaps disgust? And then acceptance. I wish I could have video-taped it. I'm proud of her for drinking it all.
Because, yes, it tastes like vegetables, but I love slurping my vegetables and smugly thinking about what an amazing start to the day I am giving my body. I mean, you'd never sit down and eat all these vegetables, raw, for breakfast. It's way too inefficient. This makes me feel full yet light, energetic, and totally ready for work every day.
Beetroot berry smoothie (vegan, gluten-free)
Notes: Makes just over one pint of smoothie.
Preparation is the key. I freeze what I can, already sliced, so that it's easy to just grab out of the freezer and dump into the blender. Also, I find that using a mixture of frozen and fresh fruit/veg gives this smoothie a nice thick texture and makes it icy cold, which is what I love!
Add something like honey or maple syrup if you prefer your smoothies a bit sweeter. I personally find green grapes to be the perfect natural sweetener - they are so ridiculously sweet and delicious!
I usually team this with a slice of toast with one of my favourite toppings - avocado, peanut butter, marmite, tomato or tahini - and it keeps me super satisfied for the first three to four hours of the day!
About 4 1-inch wedges of beetroot (raw)
About 4 1-inch wedges of zucchini
A giant handful of spinach
3/4 - 1 cup of cold water
1/3 frozen banana
5 frozen grapes
3 tbsp mixed berries
2 tbsp sliced celery
1 frozen mint cube
1 tbsp cacao nibs
1 tbsp chia seeds
Cacao nibs and goji berries
Place ingredients in the blender - first fresh ingredients, then frozen, then the add ins, then the cold water. I find that this order works best in my blender (Vitamix), meaning there is minimal tamping required! Add water depending on your taste - using 3/4 makes it nice and thick. Enjoy your fresh morning energy!