Today we are building our blood! This powerhouse smoothie is earthy, sweet, and tart. It uses ingredients that work specifically well at nourishing and building healthy blood in the body. Blood has the important task of transporting nutrients, oxygen, immune cells, and hormones to each cell, along with removing all toxins and waste. The components that make up our blood are used and disposed of extremely quickly, so there is a high cell turnover, which also means high nutritional requirements.
The best blood building foods are dark leafy greens and their powders. This includes things like spinach, kale, beet greens, wheatgrass, spirulina, and chlorella. Deeply pigmented red foods such as beets, cherries, raspberries, goji berries, prunes/raisins, adzuki beans, and blackstrap molasses are also blood champions.
This delicious recipe comes from the beautiful archives of Sarah Britton’s masterpiece:
My New Roots. I’ve downloaded her latest app on iTunes and I’m obsessed! It’s full of amazing recipes, gorgeous photos, and handy features like creating custom grocery lists.
Beetroot & Raspberry Strong-Blooded Smoothie Bowl
1 small beet, peeled
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup fresh spinach leaves
2 prunes (soaked)
small wedge of organic lemon (with the peel)
1 scoop sprouted brown rice or other plant-based protein powder
1 tsp spirulina
pinch of ground vanilla bean (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
1 cup coconut water or nut milk of choice
Ideas for toppings:
Soak prunes overnight in water, or for a minimum of one hour.
Put the soaked prunes into a blender. Add all remaining ingredients and blend on high until completely smooth (if you do not have a high-speed blender, this may take a minute or so). Taste and adjust sweetness / vanilla / lemon as desired.
Pour contents into a glass or bowl and garnish with desired toppings. Enjoy!