Immune Booster Smoothie

Cooking time: 5 mins

There's something about having a smoothie in a bowl that makes it feel more filling. Why is that? Just me?

Anyway, here to stave off any colds is this superfood gem from dietitian, Sadia Badiei, aka @pickuplimes (pause for applause for that truly excellent display of punnery). She also has a genius hack for all future smoothies;

Why is it good for my brain?

Why is it good for my brain?

Beets! Ahhh beetroot. Full of nitrates, which promote blood flow to the brain, (and reportedly, the sex life too. You're welcome). And, although blueberries are top-notch, brainly-speaking; all berries can help to prevent memory loss and protect against cognitive decline. Niacin-rich peanut-butter, as well as being something we just can't live without, could also have protective qualities against Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and cognitive decline.


"Add a nut butter for some healthy fats and to slow the absorption of some of the sugars (from the fruit)."


-Sadia


Clever. And solid validation to put peanut butter in every meal breakfast. 

Ingredients:

For smoothie

● 2 frozen bananas

● 1 orange, peeled

● 1 cup (250 mL) plant-based milk*

● 1 handful (30 g) fresh spinach

● ½ cup (50 g) frozen raspberries

● ¼ raw beetroot, peeled

● ¼ cup (60 mL) plant-based yogurt* (we used coconut)

● 1-inch chunk fresh ginger

● 1 Tbsp (15 mL) nut butter (we used peanut butter)

For optional toppings

● Granola, homemade like this one or store-bought

● Coconut flakes

● Fresh berries

 

 


 

Method: 

● Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth.

● Pour into bowls, top with granola, fresh berries, toasted coconut, or any other desired toppings.

Notes: 

1. Storage: best if enjoyed right away.

2. *Nutrition tip: try to use a plant-based milk that is fortified with calcium (offers approximately 120 mg calcium per 100 mL serving). If you want to read more on calcium, check out our article here.

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