My New Roots founder and chef Sarah Britton has been sharing her edible inspirations with the Internet since 2007. By experimenting with plant-focused dishes (she is a Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Nutritional Practitioner), the Copenhagen-based lifestyle guru has created a food blog with recipes and original photography dedicated to healthy organic eats. Along the way, the eponymous cookbook author started to create beautiful complementary prints of the ingredients she used in her healthful dishes via the Gourmet Print Shop. People kept telling Britton: “I would love to frame that photo and hang it up in my kitchen!” So to meet that demand, she created The Gourmet Print Shop.
“When I studied Traditional Chinese Medicine, I learned about blood building, a term to describe nourishing the body with the nutrients required for ample and healthy blood,” says Britton. “I took a particular interest in this field, and have been a passionate blood builder of my own ever since.”
Eating a wide variety of fruits, veggies, legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds and superfoods is a good place to start. This nutrient-rich smoothie bowl offers is a great blood-building dish.
The Blood Building Beetroot, Raspberry and Vanilla Smoothie Bowl
- 1 small beet, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen (I use frozen)
- 2 cups packed spinach
- 3 prunes, soaked in 1/2 cup water
- A small wedge of organic lemon (including the peel!)
- 1-2 scoops protein powder (I use sprouted brown rice or pumpkin seed protein powders)
- 1-2 tsp. wheatgrass powder (or spirulina/chlorella)
- a generous pinch ground vanilla powder (or 1 tsp. vanilla extract)
- 1/2 cup water or milk of choice
(Toppings pictured: frozen raspberries, pomegranate seeds , sea buckthorn, berries, bee pollen and raw almond butter)
Other topping ideas
- sliced fresh fruit
- fresh berries
- hemp seeds
- toasted nuts and / or seeds
- unsweetened coconut
- cacao nibs
- goji berries
Soak prunes overnight in water, or for a minimum of one hour. Pour the soaked prunes and their liquid into a blender. Add all remaining ingredients and blend on high until completely smooth (if you do not have a high-speed blender, this may take a minute or so). Taste and adjust the sweetness, vanilla, and lemon as desired. Pour contents into a glass or bowl and garnish with desired toppings.