I have a lot to share with you! But first...
I CAN'T EVEN with this smoothie. That color makes me weak in the knees. Every time I make it, I am just so stunned by the bright neon color. And all from real food!! My level of excitement is through the roof right now. I can't wait to share this with you.
But I also want to tell you about this....
Last week I hoped on a plane to NYC to be part of the Dr. Oz show (!!!). I was one of 11 "health influencers" asked to help Dr. Oz launch The Regimen, a customizable plan to help you achieve your specific health goals. It's essentially a checklist wellness plan that focuses on all the good things you can and should add to your diet/life. So many "plans" I see focus on the things we need to avoid and cut out. Ugh. I prefer to focus on the good and let the nourishing foods crowd out the not so nourishing foods. That's why I'm really on board with this plan. It focuses on gut health, incorporating more real, whole foods into your diet, increasing physical activity, and creating meaningful social relationships. All the things that can help you be your healthiest self!
I was in NYC for a total of 23 hours and it was a complete whirlwind. I got to the city late Tuesday night after work (luckily it's just a quick hour and 20 minute flight), met my brother for dinner, and crashed at a friend's place before getting up bright and early to head to the ABC studio. I think I slept a total of 47 minutes LOL. I was glad I brought my heavy duty concealer because I had some serious dark circles under my eyes (yikes!).
The taping was tons of fun - we all had such a great time! After we were done at the studio, I took my carry-on bag and strolled around the city before grabbing an Uber back to the airport. And just like that, my short trip to NYC was over. All in all, it was an incredible opportunity and I feel extremely lucky to be part of such a great program with a fabulous group of people. The Regimen launched yesterday, so if you missed the show, check out more information here!
In honor of The Regimen launching, I made you something really good and healthy. But also really pretty....with some fun ingredients ;)
If you haven't guessed already, the secret ingredient to make this smoothie the most beautiful smoothie there ever was is...BEETS! I'm having a major moment with beets. I just can't stop with them. We have been roasting them, spiralizing them, and throwing them in smoothies lately.
Beets are highly nutritious and very good for cardiovascular health. The pigment antioxidants (heelllooo gorgeous color!) have been found to offer protection against heart disease, stroke, lower cholesterol levels, and even have anti-aging effects. Yes please.
I also snuck another veggie in this smoothie. Any guesses?
CAULIFLOWER! Yep, cauliflower. I know, I know, not a normal smoothie ingredient, but hear me out! Frozen cauliflower makes the smoothie incredibly smooth and extra nutritious. Plus, you can't taste it - I promise! Cauliflower is totally becoming the new spinach (I like to add both to most smoothies!). Adding cauliflower to your smoothie is a great way to get extra fiber, disease fighting antioxidants, and loads of other nutrients (vitamin C, potassium, vitamin K, folate, iron, magnesium, and more).
This smoothie is also banana free so it's perfect for those of you who aren't really into bananas or are looking to incorporate lower glycemic index foods into your diet. You won't even miss the banana thanks to the avocado. Don't even get me started on my love for avocados. But seriously, this smoothie hits it out of the park. It's creamy, slightly sweet, and FULL of great nutrition.
AND IT'S HOT PINK. That's enough reason for me to want to make it everyday.
Energizing Pink Power Smoothie
Inspired by Oh She Glows Pink Power Detox Smoothie
- 1 cup filtered water OR coconut water
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 medium sweet apple, roughly chopped (I like honeycrisp or fuji)
- 2 small fresh beets (or 1 medium/large beet), peeled and roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup frozen dark cherries
- 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth. Taste and add liquid sweetener or 1 pitted date if needed.
*If you don't have a high-speed blender, you might want to lightly steam the beets until tender before blending.