Keeping with the current theme of things around here, I thought I would post a vegetable-oriented breakfast bowl today.
Don’t be scared off my the vegetables within this raw breakfast dish – the berries, cacaos and dates add to the flavour and sweetness so that you can’t really taste the beets at all, and the zucchini and spinach are disguised completely. So really, you’re getting a bunch off veggies, masked as delicious berries. Bonus!
As with all vegetables, beets are nutrient-dense and high in antioxidants, which we all know is important in maintaining good health. But did you also know that beets were used by Ancient Romans as an aphrodisiac? They contain high amounts of boron, which is a trace chemical directly related to the production of both male and female sex hormones. And they have been shown to increase stamina. Now I’m going to keep this PG, so I’ll let you put two and two together there… ;)
Do you really need any more convincing to try this? I probably don’t even need to mention that colour. This beautiful dish has such an amazing, deep shade of pink, it almost looks to pretty to eat. Almost.
You’ll notice in the recipe I have the dates as optional – they’re really only here for added sweetness which I personally don’t think is needed, but if you are new to vegetables in your smoothies – or if you generally just like things a little on the sweet side, feel free to add them in (a ripe banana would also work here).
Berry beet bowls
Note: I use a high-powered blender to make this (a Vitamix) – if you don’t have a high powered blender, I would suggest grating the vegetables or even par-boiling the beets first.
1 raw beetroot, scrubbed and roughly chopped
1/2 zucchini, roughly chopped
1 handful baby spinach
1 cup frozen mixed berries
2 Tbsp raw cacao
1.5 – 2 cups almond milk
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup sunflower seeds (or other seeds/nuts)
2 dates, optional
Add all ingredients to your blender and blend on a high speed until smooth and combined.
Taste before serving – if the beet flavour is too “earthy” for you, add a little more cacao, and/or an extra date.
Serves 2 – 3