My last couple of posts have all been Christmas themed, so I thought it would be fun to give my morning smoothie a makeover too. But don’t worry, it doesn’t actually contain any wine! I just used the beautiful flavours and aromas of mulled wine as inspiration.
Usually I have a green smoothie in the morning, but lately there’ve been so many delicious berries in season (our organic raspberry bush has been churning them out too), that I switched from a green to a berry.
Berries are an amazing source of antioxidants which fight off harmful free radicals and prevent ageing on the inside and out. They’re also lower in fructose than many fruits so are perfect if you’re keeping an eye on your sugar intake or are a person who can’t tolerate a lot of fruit sugars.
Of course I still like to sneak a few greens into my berry smoothie too, so to avoid ruining the beautiful red colour I use either purple kale or red chard.
I also add beetroot, either grated or in powder form. Beetroot goes beautifully with berries and has amazing detoxifying and blood pressure lowering properties, which are exactly what many of us need during the festive season!
To make my beetroot & berry smoothie taste like Christmas I used mulled wine for inspiration and added fresh orange, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, which all combine to give it a beautiful festive flavour and aroma.
So before you make these indulgent Cinnamon Bun pancakes on Christmas morning, whip up one of these nutrient packed red beauties to sip on while exchanging presents, and your body will love you for it!
If you make this mulled wine spiced beetroot & berry smoothie, let me know what you think!
Mulled Wine Spiced Beetroot & Berry Smoothie
Makes: 1 large smoothie
Prep time: 10 minutes
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries
2 tsp beetroot powder or 1/2 cup freshly grated beetroot
1 large stalk of red chard or purple kale
1 orange, peeled
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch ground cloves
pinch ground nutmeg
4 ice cubes
2 Tbsp coconut yoghurt
Place all the ingredients into a high blend blender and blend until smooth.
Spoon the coconut yoghurt into a serving glass or jar and pour the smoothie over top. Serve immediately with a straw.
This smoothie also keeps well in the fridge overnight if you want to prep ahead and make it the day before.