Red Velvet Smoothie Bowl (or Be Still My Beeting Heart Smoothie Bowl)
Posted on February 12 2021
This rich, ruby red smoothie bowl came about in honour of Valentine's Day, and not only is it rich in colour, it also contains heart-healthy beet!
Beets contain a high concentration of nitrates, which the body converts into nitric oxide, a molecule that dilates blood vessels, causing blood pressure to drop. Lower blood-pressure may lead to a reduced risk of heart attacks, heart failure and stroke. Beets can also improve athletic performance, optimizing oxygen use and improving stamina and energy, without being stimulating (we use beetroot in our Green Energy).
Which is all a long way of saying that this heart health and red smoothie bowl is perfect for LOVE DAY and really any day that you might have leftover plain roast beets around. I like roasting a bunch on the weekend and then using them in salads during the week.
And if you prefer a smoothie to a smoothie bowl, just add more liquid - either more plant milk or some water to thin it out.
Red Velvet Smoothie Bowl
1 ripe, frozen banana
1 small roasted beet (or 1/2 a larger one)
1/2 cup frozen cherries (or mixed berries/cherries)
1/2 cup (+/-) plant milk of your choice
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 scoop Niyama Chocolate Plant Protein
Optional: 1 TBSP cocoa (if you want it more chocolatey)
Place banana, beet and cherries in a high-speed blender and add about 1/4 cup of the plant milk. Blend.
Add the vanilla and a bit more plant milk, scraping down the sides of the blender with a spatula before blending again.
Then add the protein and whatever is left of the plant milk. Blend til thick and smooth. You may or may not need all the plant milk, and you may need a little more – it’s a bit different each time.
Using the spatula, pour into a bowl and top with fixings of your choice. I love adding granola (see recipe for my fave homemade granola) fruit, coconut chips and whipped coconut cream.
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