Happy Monday! I’m back to the real world after celebrating my birthday this past weekend. There was so much celebrating and delicious food. But now that it’s Monday and I’m no longer celebrating, I wanted to share my current favourite smoothie with you all. Breakfast smoothies are a great way to boost your daily nutrition and this recipe is rammed with nutrition and antioxidants.
Don’t be afraid to throw some beets into your daily smoothie. They’re loaded with health benefits and their taste improves when paired with raw chocolate. And isn’t the colour amazing? Here’s the recipe.
- 1 small beet, cleaned and peeled if it’s not organic
- ½ banana
- ½ cup mixed berries
- 1 tsp maca
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1-2 cups water
- 1 big handful greens (you can use spinach or the beet greens)
- Blend, pour into a glass and enjoy.
- Beets are your best friend if you’re on a cleanse. They’re a source of phytonutrients called betalains, which provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detox support. Because betalains are damaged when beets are heated, it’s best to consume them raw.
- Berries are low glycemic, meaning that they won’t spike blood sugar. They’re also a great source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to counteract free radical damage (that we come into contact with as a result of our lifestyles).
- Chia seeds are a great source of protein, fibre and good fats.
- Raw cacao is rich in antioxidants and the minerals magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper and manganese. I find that raw cacao gives me a nice little energy boost in the morning. It’s also known to act on our neurotransmitters, stimulating the brain to release certain feel-good chemicals. Raw cacao produces good vibes!
- Maca is rich in the B-complex vitamins, as well as vitamins C and E. It’s widely known as a hormone regulator and can even help to boost libido! For women, maca’s ability to balance hormones means that it can help to reduce pms symptoms. And because it’s known in the herb world as an adaptogen, maca is nourishing to the nervous system can help to balance the stimulating affects of the raw cacao.
I hope you enjoy this smoothie as much as I do!
Sip! After Work Cocktails with a Healthy Twist
Tuesday, August 19th, 6-8 pm
Hosted by Chew Street, ‘Sip!’ will bring people together for an after work cocktail party with a twist. A mixology class, led by holistic nutritionist Andrea Sarjeant will teach you the easy steps to making healthier cocktails. You will learn about some Ontario’s best artisanal spirits and the benefits of yummy and restorative ingredients like ginger, maple syrup, coconut water, and kombucha. Along with some delicious drinks, you will also receive a take home guide to continue your healthy sipping!