Happy 2015! I know it’s now mid-January, but better late than never!
It always takes some time getting used to writing out the number of the new year and this year isn’t any different. I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks it’s strange that every new year begins with a 10 second countdown. Sometimes I feel like we’re thrown into it and have no chance to think about the next chunk of 365 days approaching.
With the madness of Christmas and the 17 celebratory events you’ve said you’ll attend, there’s little time left to contemplate the new year, or even plan how you’ll spend it. It seems as though every year we’re all too silly to make plans (or maybe it’s just me), possibly with the hope that a great offer will present itself to us, promising the best time ever. This doesn’t always happen… but I don’t think its an unfortunate reality.
We sensationalise New Years Eve. We imagine it in our minds as a hugely important event that will inform the year ahead, but really, how you spend one night of your life is tiny in the grand scheme of things. A harbour view of the fireworks and somebody to kiss at midnight isn’t mandatory on New Years Eve, it’s just what some people do. New Years Eve is not necessarily a time to make grand resolutions and changes either. All you need is to surround yourself with people whose company you enjoy, and to know that the beginning of a new year is a reminder that we’re alive in a life that continues.
On that note, new beginnings = new day = breakfast?! A smoothie is always a good start, so here’s a recipe.
It’s really important that you chew your smoothie. Yes, chew. It’s because part of our digestion takes place in the mouth. As we chew, our food comes in contact with saliva, which triggers enzymes in the mouth to break down the food we’re eating, preparing it for its long journey through our digestive system. So- swirl your glass of liquified fruits and vegetables around your mouth, chew it as if it were spaghetti and rest assured you’ve activated your digestive system.
This smoothie is loaded with phytochemicals providing antioxidant potential. The powerful purple colour of this smoothie is firstly thanks to beetroot and blueberries, but more specifically, to betalains and anthocyanins– the phytochemicals that give these plants their incredible purple/blue hue. These plants in the wild use their vibrant colours to attract bees for pollination and to attract animals to eat them and carry their seeds, spreading them around with the hope more of these plants will grow.
In addition to vivid colour and antioxidants, beetroot is also a rich source of glutamine– the amino acid the fuels the cells of the intestinal system and informs our immune system. Glutamine is also great for post-workout recovery. Cooking actually depletes the glutamine found within beetroot, so they’re best eaten raw… In a smoothie!
This smoothie would make a really delicious breakfast or snack. I often add some hemp seeds and lentil sprouts to the blender along with the other ingredients, especially if I’m relying on this mix for breakfast– I find I need the extra protein hit.
- 1 cup water or cold herbal tea
- 1 beetroot, washed
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 chunk of each; turmeric and ginger (about 5cms)
- 1 tsp bee pollen
- Blend on high for 60 seconds. Depending on the consistency you like, you may need to add more liquid.