I have 3 favourite smoothie recipes, each a different colour (cacao, purple and green) and with noticeably different benefits. There has been an explosion in Nutri-bullet usage over the last year or so, particularly in London and I can honestly say it’s a trend that is here to stay in my household – it’s changed my life and helped me to achieve my health goals. Today’s post is going to be about my go-to purple-based smoothie, which is just so delicious and a must-have in the morning for breakfast – particularly in the summer!
My purple smoothie almost always features beetroot and berries of some kind. I find it’s brilliant if you haven’t had a great night’s sleep and need to focus the next day. Seriously ditch the coffee – this will sort you out! I found that I could concentrate for longer, I felt switched on, light and full of energy. I was quite amazed at the results and is the reason it remains in my top 3.
Beetroot is a good source of iron and folate (naturally occurring folic acid). It also contains nitrates, betaine, magnesium and other antioxidants (notably betacyanin). More recent health claims suggest beetroot can help lower blood pressure, boost exercise performance and prevent dementia. Cucumber is great for cleansing, spinach is great for your skin and iron levels and ginger is helpful to the immune system. The berries will be full of vitamins and antioxidants giving you energy and vitality.
I have a thing about colours when it comes to smoothies and soups and have some rules that I always adhere to. These are not just for aesthetic reasons, but also taste and texture too.
- I always match similar colours especially if the bulk is a lighter colour eg: yellows, and oranges. If the bulk is dark, then you can get away with adding different colours.
- Purple smoothies are the only ones I add green to, unless it’s a green smoothie (obviously)
- I often strive to keep water/citrus/sweet recipes as juices and starch-based as smoothies. So for example I’ll keep high water ingredients together such as berries, cucumber, celery, oranges etc. And I’ll put bananas with coconut, nuts, oats and milk. My boyfriend likes berries with bananas, but I find they oxidise and degrade quickly for some reason.
- I always strive for at least half veg and half fruit.
- I often aim to add nuts and seeds for added nutrients such as protein, fat and minerals.
- I don’t add sugar – there’s no need if you have enough fruit
- For a juice I add water and for a smoothie I add milks / yogurt / oats.
There’s no right or wrong, but if you’re new to smoothies, then this could help you save on waste.
Bulk rule = 2 purple, 2 green + flavours
1 large cooked beetroot – best texture
1 handful of raspberries or mixed berries
1 chunk of cucumber
1 green apple
Flavours = ginger or mint
Additions = flaxseed, baobab, maca, sunflower seeds or cashews – pick one or two!
For the greens you could also use spinach or celery. Sometimes a carrot is a nice addition.
*If you want to break the rules, this one works well!*
1 large cooked beetroot
1 handful berries
1 frozen banana – better texture from frozen
4 brazil nuts
Slice of ginger
1 tsp of honey
There’s just so many possibilities – I’ve even found recently that a little cacao can offer good flavour! Get experimenting and let me know in the comments below if you find a good one. In my next post I’m going to feature my energy dense smoothies that are good for the winter as they are also comforting. I also have a new recipe for a porridge smoothie – great for on the go!
Be good to yourself! x