Vegan Beetroot and Oats Breakfast Smoothie
I have to start by saying, this smoothie is so delicious!! It’s the perfect boost nutrition wise for a totally fulfilling vegan breakfast!
I am so excited at this time of year when Beetroots are season as I get to make gorgeous coloured Smoothies. There is however, more to the good old beetroot than just it’s vibrant colour. Beetroots sure pack a nutritious punch and is just, yum! It’s a wonderful Antioxidant and is a great source of Iron, Vitamins and minerals. It is said to promote a healthy complexion because of it’s purifying properties. It’s also a fantastic source of fibre.
The thing I also love about the beetroot, is the leaves are also edible and really good for you. But avoid if you have kidney or gallbladder issues. For those of you totally familiar with consuming raw beetroot in salads or drinking the juice, no need to “preach” to the converted. But those of you who are unsure about raw beetroot in a smoothie it really does add an earthy flavour. Some people have often say it tastes like dirt!! I must add , I don’t feel the same way. It tastes a lot sweeter raw than cooked or pickled, it gives a really healthy “damp garden” type flavour. I know that’s not a flavour but neither is “healthy” a flavour, but work with me on this one!! Give this smoothie a try and discover the gorgeous flavour for yourself. But together with the other delicious ingredients I think you’ll fall in love. Remember to soak your Oats, I like to soak mine over night; part water, part Almond Milk. It’s kinder on digestion.
Ingredients (Serves 2)
1 medium Beetroot.
1 tablespoon of soaked Oats
2 handfuls of Kale
1/2 an Apple
1/2 a small banana (I used frozen it makes it creamier)
1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 handful of Beetroot leaves (optional)
Soak Oats overnight with 1/2 cup of Almond Milk the rest water. Peel the Beetroot and chop into small cubes. You might want to use gloves or wash up afterward with a homemade sugar sugar soap. Wash and chop the beetroot leaves with stork (if you are adding). Wash and chop your Apple core and all and add half (freeze the rest). Add your half a chopped Banana (I used frozen). Add all remaining ingredients to your blender including the 1/2 cup of Almond Milk, the rest water. If using a NutriBullet add water to the Maxline. Then simply blast.
It’s also great as a post workout pick me up!!
By Karen Bryson
Photos: Karen Bryson