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.



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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.