Let's kick of February with pink, fluffy lattes, perfect for Valentine's Day. Now before you click away because you hate the commercialism of Valentine's Day - I get you! I don't enjoy paying triple the price for a mediocre meal or buying roses as much as our mortgage (just kidding, we live in the Bay Area :-)). Please don't tell me the story of how Valentine's Day was invented by the chocolate and greeting card industry. I don't care. I still love Valentine's Day, and the feeling of love and joy in the air. And this doesn't even mean with a significant other, but just taking a moment to appreciate and care for one self. Which actually means I am just bringing #selflovejanuary into February. Yay! More time for beautiful self care rituals to make sure your own energy bucket is overflowing, so you can go out into the world and help others. And what better way to get fueled for it, than with this gorgeous pink latte. I mean, isn't it just the perfect cotton candy color you want to sink into?!? I can't get enough of it, and it tastes amazing. Kind of a combination of baklava and Turkish delight. Did I make that sound appealing?! You've got to try it, and this gives you the perfect reason for cleaning out your superfoods pantry. Last year I asked you what you wanted to see more of. You flooded me with messages, emails, and comments, and I loved it! You want to see more super simple recipes you can make anywhere in the world without fancy ingredients. And you also want more ideas for all the colorful superfoods you have collected over the years. In January I focused on the super simple recipes, like the veggie split pea soup and the mango orange green smoothie. This recipe definitely falls into the second category. If you have ever picked up beetroot powder, then now is the time to go look for it, and put it to good use.
Beetroot powder is dried, ground up beetroot. It tastes earthy, and has a gorgeous dark pink color. Beetroot powder is a good source for zinc needed for a strong immune system, iron for more energy, and potassium for less muscle cramping. It helps to regulate your blood pressure, and catches free radicals that could otherwise damage your arteries or organs. You can mix it with water, add it to juices, smoothies, breakfast bowls, or sprinkle it on soups and salads. Or you combine it with almond milk, dates, and rose water, and you've got this gorgeous pink latte. Let's do it!
Just a quick note: I don't buy regular almond milk, because I just don't use it often enough before it goes bad. On top of that it really annoys me that there are so many thickening additives in almond milk. I make my own or I just use almond butter and water in smoothies and recipes like this one. In case you have almond milk, you can also just use 1.5 cups of that instead of the water and almond butter below.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Makes 1 large or 2 small servings:
1 1/2 cups water
2 Tbsp almond butter
1/2 Tbsp beetroot powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (make your own here)
1/2 tsp rose water
1 Medjool date, pitted
Blend all ingredients in a blender on high for one minute until creamy.
Heat on stovetop gently on medium heat. Take off the heat before it begins to boil.
Serve right away.
Sip and enjoy!