Can a smoothie bowl really make you more beautiful? Drink it everyday and it just might. Smoothies, when made with smart ingredients, pack a powerful punch of nutrients that are tough to rival from your average meal. Densely packed nutrients coming from veggies, super foods, fruits, nuts, seeds, etc. can even target health concerns, or beauty goals, that may you have. Today we’re sharing one of our all time favorite, skin loving, smoothies along with a video on how to make it + some smoothie PRO tips you may have never heard of. Let’s shake things up folks, green smoothies are so 2015. A vibrant, red smoothie bowl? That’s peak 2017 hipness.
Enter the beet cocoa smoothie. Right out of the gates we know this smoothie won’t appeal to everyone. Not everyone likes beets [you big babies]. But hey, that’s ok. To each their own. But if you’re on the fence with beets and are open to giving the smoothie a whirl, we encourage you to try it out [recipe below and in video!] It’s one of 150 recipes we have in Prescribe 20, our 20 day detox that is FREE. Check it out people. Beets are a root veggie and root veggies can be an awesome alternative to sweeten a smoothie without a ton of fruit! If smoothies are in your daily rotation and you’d like to keep them around for the long haul, it’s good to think outside the box so you don’t get bored with them.
So why beets? They’re a great source of dietary fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron and vitamin B6.What else? These colorful root veggies contain powerful nutrient compounds that help protect against heart disease, are powerfully detoxifying for the liver and support optimal digestion. When you support your liver and your digestion, you directly support your skin! Your skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside. Fun fact: an estimated 10-15% of people experience beeturia. Yep that is a word and it’s that reddening of your pee you’ve maybe seen after eating beets. Don’t worry you’re fine.
Why cocoa? Why not dawg. You kidding me? Don’t ask stupid questions just use the cocoa. JK there are NO stupid questions. Cocoa powder and cocoa nibs come from the cacao bean, and cacao is abundantly high in antioxidants that protect the body against free radicals – which means it’s your friend in anti-aging. Cacao also is rich in omega-6 fatty acids, magnesium and vitamin C which help in skin renewal and repair. It can even protect against harmful UV rays – acting as a natural sunscreen [please still wear sunscreen].
Why the frozen zucchini? Setting aside the lovely health benefits of this water dense veggie, using frozen zucchini is a ninja move for smoothies. Chopped, frozen zucchini make smoothies super thick and creamy in the same way frozen bananas do, but without all the sugar and with no weird taste. DO IT. You’re gonna love it.
Chia seeds / hemp seeds / flax seeds: All these little protein + fiber nuggets are densely rich in omega-3 fatty acids which is highly beneficial for skin. It can help cool inflammation and combat everything from rosacea to acne – in fact, people often see dramatic drops in flare ups when incorporating more omega-3 fatty acids in their lift.
Why a smoothie bowl? First of all, I think mentally there is something different about sitting down to eat something with a spoon vs sipping it in a glass. Plus you get to add toppings, and this life is short and we all deserve toppings.
Are you sold? Are you going to try it? Here’s the recipe. It’s one of ~ 150 recipes we have for FREE in Prescribe 20. You should sign up – imagine if you had access to 150 of these types of recipes. You’d likely make 150 new friends.
Beet cocoa smoothie
Makes 1 large or 2 small smoothie bowls
- 4-5 small or 3 medium pre-cooked beets
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup frozen chopped zucchini
- 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1-2 tablespoons chia, flax or hemp seeds
- 2 tablespoons nut butter, your choice
- 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk, your choice
- Optional: frozen banana, maple syrup, honey or stevia to sweeten
- PN favorite toppings: pumpkin seeds [pepitas], dried mulberries unsweetened shredded coconut, cacao nibs, dried chopped figs
- Blend all ingredients (minus the optional sweetener) in a high speed blender. Blend on high until well incorporated.
- Add additional milk or water if needed to thin, but you’ll want the smoothie bowl a bit on the thicker side. Taste and add sweetener if you feel you want it a bit sweeter, blend again.
- If using protein powder, add at the very end (you don’t want to over-blend protein powder).
- Pour into a bowl and add your toppings of choice. Alternatively you can have this as a good ol’ fashioned smoothie!