Beetroot Breakfast Smoothie

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day by a million miles. Sweet and savoury are both totally acceptable so you can just go with whatever mood you are in. It is so quick and easy to whip up a delicious bowl of something so there are no excuses not to enjoy it every day!

A good, nutritious breakfast really is the best way to start the day as it levelling your blood sugars and getting a big dose of fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals. Having protein at breakfast helps you stay full all morning and regulates your blood sugar so that you don't end up with that mid-morning energy crash. This recipe is packed full with protein rich ingredients to kick-start your day with a big dose of healthy.

This breakfast smoothie really is one of my absolute favourites - it looks and tastes awesome, is really filling and only takes a couple of minutes to make. Even if beetroot isn't your thing, don't be put off - You really wont know it is there! (Beetroot lovers are welcome to double the quantity!) It is also quite thick so it also works really well as a smoothie bowl which you can cover in all sorts of delicious toppings.

Ingredients (serves 2)

2 bananas
1 handful of frozen berries
2 cups of almond milk (500ml) - I make my own which is the best way to avoid nasty additives
2 handfuls of spinach
1 beetroot
4 tbsp of oats
3 heaped tbsp of ground flax

For the topping

2 tbsp of chia seeds
4 tbsp of hemp seeds

Start by taking the skin off the beetroot and cutting it into smaller chunks. You can also cut up the banana to give your blender a helping hand too.

Then simply place all the ingredients (except the chia and hemp seeds) in a blender and mix until smooth. Add a little water or extra almond milk if it is too thick.

Then stir in the chia and hemp seeds and it is ready to enjoy!

Handy hint:
If your smoothie maker tends to warm your smoothie a little, freeze the bananas first or add a few ice cubes to the blender to keep it cool