And the first recipe of 2019 is……. drum roll…. a Detox Smoothie Bowl. Well its fitting isn’t it? After the most indulgent holiday season of the year I know I’m in need of a little cleansing. All those treat foods, drinks and just the general aftermath of THAT January feeling have left me in need of a little help to get back in the groove so I’m guessing thats the case for many of you too! Hence a little detox smoothie bowl to give you back your mojo.
I started 2019 with a 5 day sugar free challenge courtesy of lovely Christianne Wolff who runs The Body Rescue Plan. It has been an epic 5 days, super inspiring, fun and featuring tasty treats so I haven’t felt denied of anything. Christianne has kindly allowed me to share a couple of recipes from her plan with you so look out for some delicious sugar free energy bars and chocolates to follow in the next few days. YES I did say chocolates and they are seriously good!
OK back to the smoothie…. This is adapted from a recipe Christianne uses in the challenge. The first day I made it I didn’t dislike it but didn’t love it either, my taste buds were ruined from all that sugar over the holiday! By day 2 however it tasted a whole lot better and now I’m looking forward to it!
You can thin it down and make it a smoothie if you prefer or want it ‘to go’ in a flask you can sip from through the morning. Either way this makes quite a quantity and is full of healthy fats, fibre and protein to leave you feeling satisfied, banish those junk food cravings and put a spring in your step.
Since this is a quick and easy morning recipe there are no frills and fancy decorations! I mean who has time for that in the morning?! I literally sprinkled some chopped hazelnuts on top as I had them to hand but you don’t need to worry about that, especially if you’re nut free! It’s literally blend and go. I quite like the thicker consistency, maybe its psychological but it seems to make me feel fuller.
This is a brown green smoothie. Yes it looks like chocolate but there is no chocolate involved. Sorry! In fact there are greens hidden in there and liver cleansing beetroot. I like to use beetroot powder because its so easy and doesn’t end up with your kitchen looking like a crime scene but you could easily use fresh. Along with some creamy avocado, spinach, flax and or chia seeds and the miracle antioxidant superfood… berries! Blend this with coconut water or plain water if you prefer and give your taste buds a chance to adapt to the taste of something healthy. You don’t taste the greens I promise but you will feel a whole lot better by starting your day choc full of energy giving immune system boosting nutrients.
A note about flax seeds….
When using flax seeds do make sure they are ground first. You can either buy the seeds and grind them yourself or buy them ground. If you use the whole seeds you will be missing out on much of their nutritional benefit. Also when you buy them whole they will keep fresh for longer so you can just grind some up as and when you need.
If you feel inspired please do also check out the Sugar Free Vegan Energy Bars and Sugar Free Fruit & Nut Chocolate recipes also from The Body Rescue Plan . Just so you know, I’m not an affiliate, I am just super inspired by the Recipes and challenge!
And now without further ado…
Lets make A Detox Smoothie Bowl!
Detox Smoothie Bowl
Adapted from a sugar free challenge recipe by Christianne Wolff
- 1 cup coconut water more if you prefer
- 2 handfuls spinach
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 handfuls fresh or frozen blueberries or any berries you like
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp beetroot powder or 1 small beetroot
If you're using fresh beetroot, chop and discard the ends then peel and quarter and add it to your blender along with all the other ingredients. Blend to your preferred consistency. Feel free to add more coconut water if you prefer it thinner. Enjoy!