Beetroot And Cacao Nib Smoothie And The Weekend In Pictures

by | Jul 15, 2013 | 11 comments

Beetroot And Cacao Nib Smoothie - Cook Republic


How was your weekend? I spent an afternoon with the boys at the park, sitting under a tree thinking and watching them play. We had just come back from the vintage book fair with nearly 50 books and I read one sitting on that park bench for nearly an hour. It was beautiful. The rest of the day was spent shooting recipes for a magazine feature and then a day out with the boys at Madame Tussaud's wax museum in Sydney. After a leisurely start with the morning spent at Adriano Zumbo's Dessert Train, we made our way to the wax museum strolling in the gorgeous Sydney sun. Once there, we quickly got over our shyness and went a bit crazy posing with fake wax figures of real people and extraterrestrials.  


Beetroot And Cacao Nib Smoothie


Beetroot And Cacao Nib Smoothie


Beetroot And Cacao Nib Smoothie


Beetroot And Cacao Nib Smoothie


And then a late night post processing the shots for the magazine called for a vibrant pick me up this morning. A red smoothie with an extra dose of ginger sounded amazing. So, I made my beetroot and cacao nib smoothie that I have been making for a few weeks now. The ginger is warming and perfect for the chilly morning we have been having. If you are in a hotter climate, skip the ginger and add a handful of fresh mint instead. The cacao nibs add a subtle nutty flavour and are crushed to bits in my Vitamix. If your blender doesn't process ingredients very fine, you can skip the cacao nibs and add a spoonful of dark cocoa powder instead.


Beetroot And Cacao Nib Smoothie


Have a great week all! And here is my weekend in pictures.



Vintage Book Fair - Cook Republic

{ Vintage Book Fair }


The Cake That Buddha Ate - Cook Republic

{ The Cake That Buddha Ate }


Adriano Zumbo - Cook Republic

{ Adriano Zumbo }


Neon Pink - Cook Republic

{ Neon Pink }


Patisserie - Cook Republic

{ Patisserie }


Lighthouse - Cook Republic

{ Lighthouse }


Sydney - Cook Republic

{ Sydney }


Lemon Water - Cook Republic

{ Lemon Water }


Dalai Lama - Cook Republic

{ Dalai Lama }


Einstein And I share the same fashion sense!

{ Einstein And I share the same fashion sense. Great Minds! }


ET don't go home!

{ ET don't go home }







Start your day with a nutrient rich red smoothie packed with seven fruits and vegetables and the added goodness of cacao nibs.



1 large beetroot, peeled
1 red apple, cored
half a lemon, rind peeled
a cup of red grapes
1 inch piece fresh ginger
a cup of spinach leaves
4 to 5 whole strawberries
2 tablespoons cacao nibs



Place all ingredients in the jug of your blender with a couple of ice cubes (optional) and process on high speed until smooth and blended. Drink immediately.




Note - The Weekend Pictures were shot on my iPhone 4S with the VSCO App Presets.




I love creating easy, vibrant, fresh, everyday recipes and taking gorgeous photos of the food I cook. I have been blogging for 15 years and I have also written a book with over 100 new recipes. If you make a recipe from the blog, Tag @cookrepublic on Instagram. I would love to see!


  1. Grace

    This would be such a great way to start the day!

  2. Louise

    Made this smoothie today - WOW, what a zing! Fabulous combination. I used a green apple, no grapes and added a splash of coconut water to thin it out a touch. Can feel all the goodness working right now!

  3. Kiran @

    Gorgeous photos and delicious recipe!!

    Love your expression, posing with ET 😉

  4. Lisa the Gourmet Wog

    what a fabulous get me up smoothie!
    Love Adriano Zumbo, he's like the mad sugar professor! What a great opportunity for you 🙂

  5. Grubarazzi

    I'm always looking for new smoothie recipes to try, and this one looks amazing. I would definitely keep the ginger in even if it's hot. I just love fresh ginger!

  6. Nicola | Homegrown Kitchen

    Love this purple smoothie. beetroot and cacao nibs what a great combo!

  7. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    What a lovely weekend, Sneh. I love beetroot, spinach and ginger juice but I've never tried a smoothie with cacao nibs. I'll give it a try.

  8. Rosa

    Lovely pictures and delightful smoothie!



  9. Sarah | The Sugar Hit

    Healthy smoothie and a fun packed weekend, sounds awesome!

  10. Gaby

    Great recipe, sounds deliciously healthy.

  11. Ash- foodfashionparty

    Good Morning!!! sounds like a nice weekend you had there with vintage books and park with the kids.
    And your smoothie is an energy booster...
    The picture with Einstein...awesome.


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