Green Beet Smoothie

So you know I’m a bit smoothie obsessed these days. And really if it isn’t green it isn’t super. You do the usual spinach, kale, Spring greens thing. And then you get a bit bored of the lovely, but same-old smoothies. So, in honour of Saturday I decided to shake things up a bit.

What are your thoughts on black cabbage? I confess I’d never even heard of it till yesterday. Turns out its Kale’s Italian cousin. All the goodness of Kale, slightly bitter and peppery. What’s not to love! (Having said that if you’re not of the *the-bitterer-the-better* school of thought, maybe just substitute black cabbage with regular kale. Yes? Good.)

Oh and beetroot, which is what gives this smoothie it’s lovely purple colour. Anyway let’s get to it then.

Ingredients:

1-2 leaves of black cabbage.

3-4 leaves of heart of lettuce.

Handful of coriander.

1 clementine.

Half a beetroot.

1/4 of a cucumber.

1 red raddish.

1 banana.

About an inch of ginger.

Half an inch of fresh turmeric.

2 Mejdool dates.

1/2 a cup of fresh/frozen strawberries.

3 walnuts.

4 cashews.

Method:

So basically all you do is prepare your ingredients – wash everything, peel, remove shells, stones – put everything in your blender, top up with water, and blend. And voilà, one super-green-purple-smoothie!

 

 

Super green smoothie

I finally bit the bullet and bought the, ahem,  NutriBullet (see what I did there. Yo) a few months ago and and I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love it. It makes making smoothies a doddle. Seriously. As easy and get, set and whiz. (Of course a blender will do the job just as well, but hey I’m a little bit in love, therefore allowed to gush. Sigh.)

So I thought why don’t I post a quick green-smoothie recipe while I’m getting the quince-lamb-curry recipe sorted in my head (what? It’s a process. It takes time. You can’t force it. Ahem).

Now I know most people look at green smoothies and go eewww, but I promise this one tastes awesome, is chockablock full of nutrients, and so so good for you. What’s not to love.

Still not convinced? All I’ll say is, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Give it a go. And prepare to be pleasantly surprised. Yo.

Ingredients

Spinach leaves, a handful or so, rinsed well.

Curly Kale, one big leaf, again, rinsed well.

Coriander, a handful, yep, rinsed well.

2 fresh dates, pitted.

1 fresh apricot. Remember to take the stone out. (You guys have no idea how hard it was to not write “stoned” next to apricot, up there. Such self control. Wah. :P)

Blueberries, handful or so again. By this time you know we’re washing everything that goes in this, right? Good.

1 inch piece of ginger.

1/2 inch piece of fresh turmeric root.

1 banana.

5 walnuts, shelled, obviously.

2 teaspoons of mixed seeds. Loving hemp, sesame and pumpkin seeds these days.

1 teaspoon of Maca powder. New super super food.

1 teaspoon flaxseeds.

Water.

Method

All you need to do is put everything into your NutriBullet/ blender cup, starting with the greens, and topping everything off with water — only upto the max line. Plug it in. Whiz for around 20-30 secs. Pour into a tall glass. Stick in a straw. I told you so.

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