Although I love my smoothies as thick as can be and inevitably end up eating them with a spoon rather than slurping them with a straw (the latter would take a considerable amount of time and in many cases would be virtually impossible!)
I’m not really sure whether it was the fact that it contained a somewhat savoury ingredient, or the fact that I’m in desperate need of new jar or glass to house my smoothies, but I finally got around to serving myself up a smoothie bowl!
Not only did it make for easier eating, it proved a cinch to evenly distribute the array toppings; stirring through smoothie toppings in a jar has a tendency to result in a little spillage seen as I inevitably fill them to the brim!
The beet smoothie proved a wonderful success. I had my doubts about how good it would taste. Blood oranges and beet go wonderfully together in a salad but I wasn’t sure about whether or not blended together they would me the requirements of my sweet breakfast palate. Once blended with the apple, agave syrup and hint of cinnamon, there was of course a hint of beet flavour, but it was far from overpowering.
The subtle earthy taste of beet blended with sweet blood oranges, apple, almond milk and a good helping of pistachios…it was just sweet enough to meet my demanding slightly picky morning taste buds, if a little on the extra filling side. No harm done, it just meant my mid morning oats were delayed slightly!
What did I ever do without blood oranges!? The one thing I hate about Satsuma’s or Clementine’s, or even large oranges is the hit and miss nature of them; one big bag and it’s the luck of the draw whether or not you end up with a juicy sweet delicious orange or a dry shrivelled and inedible handful of segments.
Every single blood orange I’ve had, and I’ve eaten 4 nets of them single handily over the past month, has been bursting with juiciness. Pretty much every single one consumed has resulted in juice squirting in my eye or my clothes and all necessitated a tissue on hand to avoid the inevitable stickiness that juicy oranges have a habit of creating…but oh so worth it!
Beet, Blood Orange and Apple Smoothie
Servings – 1 (2 cups)
Preparation Time – 5 minutes
- 250ml (1 cup) almond milk
- 1 medium cooked beet diced
- 1 medium apple peeled and diced
- 2 small blood oranges
- 1 tbsp agave syrup
- 1 tbsp pistachios
- 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp pistachios chopped
- 1/2 a blood orange peeled and sliced
- 1/2 tbsp golden raisins
- 1 tsp orange zest
- Blend together all ingredients until perfectly smooth. Serve in a bowl with toppings sprinkled on top and stirred through before devouring for extra yumminess!