This Blackberry and Beet Greens Smoothie is the first of two new blackberry recipes this week. We [me, Ollie, my brothers girlfriend Beckie and my sweet little blackberry face niece Ruby] picked a TON of blackberries last week.
Ollie, being the most nimble and un-phased by [read: Proud of] scratches and nettle stings [11 year boys are really excellent like that!] got most of them for us while we directed from ground level. He got to reap the rewards of his hard work later with this smoothie AND with my Blackberry and Apple Crumble bar, YES crumble, but as a bar.. still with custard of course!
But this smoothie though, it’s really, really good, so full of flavour and nutrition.
What I love about smoothies is they are the perfect way to get kids and boyfriends [and yourself, lets be honest] to eat things like raw beetroot tops! All kids of nutrient dense foods can be conveniently sneaked into smoothies.
Blackberries, like most berries, are full of vitamin C and protective polyphenols, a group of antioxidants most know for their ability to slow tumour growth and be protective against cancer. But antioxidants have so many important roles in the body.. they don’t just keep your skin youthful, their role is protective in all parts of the body.. the phrase prevention is better than cure comes to mind when I think of antioxidants. They clean up damaging free radicals and reduce inflammation in the body, and inflammation is the driving force behind basically all chronic disease.
How to know if something contains antioxidants?
The simplest way to know is this.
Is it a plant?
If yes, then it contains antioxidants.
Does it have colour? Purple, blue, pink, red, orange, yellow, green…
Is it Organic / homegrown / wild ?
If you can answer yes to all the above you definitely have a rich source of antioxidants in your hands! YAY.
So WHY put beetroot greens in your smoothie?
Often people throw away or don’t know what to do with beetroot greens, but this is such a waste because they are extremely nutritious. In Chinese medicine nutrition beetroot is a blood builder, as are blackberries and many other foods with deep red, purple or green in colour.
Beetroots are very rich in minerals, some people say they taste earthy.. well thats the taste of minerals from the earth! They are stuffed with minerals, and minerals that have come through the plant kingdom are the very best kind, because they are in a form that our bodies know exactly how to absorb and assimilate, using them to build blood, keep our digestion, hormones and nervous system happily ticking along.
Blackberry and Beet Greens Smoothie
Ingredients (serves 2)
- 1 cup blackberrys fresh or frozen
- 3 or 4 leafs of beetroot greens
- 1 large or 2 small bananas
- 2 Tbs de-shelled hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup soaked almonds
- 1 Tbs plant protein [I’m loving Ezyprotein and BodyMe Protein]
- 1 1/2 cups plant based milk