This Cinnamon Berry & Beetroot Smoothie Bowl is exploding with flavour and goodness! It's a delicious detoxifier, is antioxidant-rich, vegan and quick and easy to make.
If you're on the fence about beet smoothies and smoothie bowls, you have to give it a try before you knock it! Despite their earthy flavour, beets are actually quite sweet. And chances are, you've had beet sugar without even knowing it!
Now, the trick to beet smoothies and smoothie bowls is RAW beets. Cooking, blending or juicing beets makes them a whole lot sweeter. So, roasted beets then blended in a smoothie is way too much sweetness (and not in a good way)!
You might be wondering whether beet smoothie bowls are actually healthy, given their sweetness. And you might be surprised to know they contain blood sugar lowering properties. However, that's not all! Beets are packed full of nutrients and health-promoting properties. Let's take a closer look, shall we?
Health Benefits of Beets
As mentioned above, beets are bursting with health-promoting properties and are packed full of nutrients, but let's not BEET around the bush (sorry, I couldn't resist!)
Stimulate Detoxification & Protect the Liver
Beets have long been known for their medicinal properties. For centuries, they have been cultivated and used for their health benefits. One big benefit of beets is that they are a great detoxifier! They contain properties that stimulate the liver's detoxification process and even help to protect the liver at the same time. Their high fibre content also helps rid the body of nasty toxins and excess hormones.
High In Antioxidants
We all know, colourful foods are high in antioxidants. So, of course, beets are no exception. Their deep red colour means they are a potent source of antioxidant power! Beets are especially high in the antioxidant betacyanin, which studies show has a highly beneficial effect on colon health (more on that below).
Blood Sugar & Cholesterol Lowering Properties
Despite beets being pretty high on the glycemic index, they actually have a balancing effect on blood sugar levels. This is due to their make-up of high fibre, certain vitamins, minerals and other compounds. Beet fibre is also found to have a positive effect when it comes to lowering cholesterol levels.
As mentioned above, beets contain the powerful antioxidant betacyanin. This is what gives beets their extraordinary colour. However, that's not all it's good for! Betacyanin is a potent anti-cancer agent. And when in conjunction with beet fibre, plays a protective role against colon cancer.
High In Many Vitamins & Minerals
Another reason beets are so nutritious is that they are a great source of many vitamins and minerals. Beetroots are high in folic acid, manganese and potassium. However, never throw away those beet greens! Beet greens are an excellent course of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron.
All in all, I think it's safe to say, beet smoothies and smoothie bowls are a healthy choice!
How to Make A Cinnamon Berry & Beetroot Smoothie Bowl
Alright, since you now know all about the nutritional goodness, here's a little more about this delicious, vegan Cinnamon Berry & Beetroot Smoothie Bowl!
This Vegan Beetroot Smoothie Bowl Is Easy & Versatile
This healthy smoothie bowl is both easy and versatile. To start, you can use fresh or frozen berries, plus you can use mixed berries or just your favourite! Not to mention, you can use any milk of your choice. However, it turns out exceptionally well with homemade tigernut or coconut milk.
No Added Sugar
Between the berries, beets and banana, this smoothie bowl doesn't require any added sugar or sweetener!
Adding Extra Nutrients
I personally love to add as many nutrients into my smoothies and smoothie bowls as possible. So, that means I usually add in some sort of superfood powder. This Cinnamon Berry & Beetroot Smoothie Bowl recipe calls for camu powder. However, you can swap it out or omit it if you don't have.
Here's a list of some favourite superfood powders to add to this beetroot smoothie bowl.
- Medicinal Mushrooms (Chaga, Lions Mane, Reishi),
- Dragon Fruit (aka Pitaya)
Making Your Cinnamon Berry & Beetroot Smoothie Bowl
Quick, easy, delicious and nutritious is my jam, and this beetroot smoothie bowl checks every box. It whips up in just a few easy steps.
Peel & Chop the Beet
The first step in making this delicious vegan berry and beet smoothie bowl is to peel and chop your beet. You'll need one medium-sized beet or two small. You can chop the beet into cubes or large chunks. It doesn't really matter the size, just as long as your blender can handle them.
Add Ingredients to Blender
Now, all you have to do is add everything into your blender. Some say, it's easier on the blender to add the liquid first. But, you know your equipment best, so add the beets, berries, banana, avocado, cinnamon, superfood powder and plant-based milk in your desired order.
Blend Until Smooth
Next, turn your blender on and increase speed to medium or medium-high and blend until smooth. It shouldn't take more than 45 seconds, and you definitely don't want your beet smoothie getting warm! This smoothie bowl isn't overly thick, so it should blend up nicely. However, you can always use the tamper (if your blender has one) if needed.
You can also easily turn this smoothie bowl into a slurpable smoothie! Just slowly add more plant milk as it's blending until it reaches your desired consistency.
Pour & Serve
Once your vegan beetroot smoothie bowl is nice and smooth, pour into serving bowls, a container for later, or a cup if you turned into a sippable smoothie!
Favourite Smoothie Bowl Toppings
There are so many options for smoothie bowl toppings! Here's a convenient list of some of my faves.
- Cacao Nibs
- Coconut Shreds or Flakes
- Chopped Pistachios
- Crunchy Granola
- Hemp Hearts
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Sunflower Seeds
- Fresh Berries
- Banana Slices (dried or fresh)
- Dried Fruits
- Toasted Cashews
- Toasted Almonds
- (Pretty much any nut or seed!)
Best Times To Enjoy A Beetroot Smoothie Bowl
Smoothies and smoothie bowls are, of course, a great way to start the day! They offer a nutritional boost that's easy to digest and still a good source of fibre. We need carbs, fat and fibre to keep us feeling satiated throughout the day. So, a well-designed smoothie or smoothie bowl (toppings included) can help curb those munchies that keep you grabbing the wrong foods!
Seasonally speaking, this Cinnamon Berry & Beetroot smoothie bowl is especially great for the spring and early autumn. These are great times to support the detoxification system and give the liver a little boost. Although this is a great spring and autumn smoothie bowl, you can always enjoy it year-round! The warming cinnamon makes it a lovely winter snack or the perfect fresh breakfast for a damp summer morning.
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Cinnamon Berry & Beet Smoothie Bowl (Raw, Vegan)
- 1 medium Beet
- ½ Avocado
- 1 cup Mixed Berries
- ½ cup Milk of Choice (I like using coconut)
- ½ Banana
- ½ tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Camu Camu Powder (optional)
- Squeeze Of Lemon
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Add your favourite toppings.
- Serve and Enjoy!