beetroot smoothie

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Surfing is hard. This weekend, I’ve waded repeatedly into the Atlantic (wearing nothing but a swimsuit, a wetsuit, some wetsuit shoes and a layer of bloody-mindedness) and still failed to do more than topple sideways off a surfboard.

On the plus side, though, I’ve an interesting collection of bruises to add to my usual set (I’m quite clumsy, and normally too distracted to actually look where I’m going), and the knowledge that I can go in the sea, in February, near Scotland, and not die. I feel quite invincible.

I expect you could achieve the same effect – minus the bruises, and the risk of frostbite – just by drinking this beetroot smoothie. No-one who drinks smoothies made of vegetables can ever get sick, surely. Also, try drinking it in front of your colleagues. They will look at you in a new combination of awe and horror, which is quite fun to see.

Recipe after the jump.

beetroot smoothie
The recipe’s from a class on natural sports nutrition I took at Demuths a couple of weeks ago. It’s meant as a pre-workout drink – beetroot is pretty much magic, it turns out – but I’m sure it would make a nice breakfast if you can bring yourself to operate a blender before 7am.

Makes enough for 2 medium servings.

2 large handfuls spinach
1 beetroot, peeled
1 medium banana
250ml milk of your choice, or 250ml water + 2tbsp oats
3 tbsp Greek yoghurt
1/2tsp spirulina
1/2tsp cocoa powder
1tbsp coconut oil
1/8tsp cinnamon
1/8tsp cayenne pepper (or less, if yours is very spicy)
Grated dark chocolate, for sprinkling

Put everything into a blender, and process until smooth. Top with a sprinkling of grated chocolate and drink. Can be made the night before.

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