Thursday, 19 March 2015

Smoothies: Go Green!

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I’ve been asked by quite a few readers to have more recipes on smoothies – in fact I’m beginning to think I should get in touch with Nutribullet and ask them to give me commission on each sale I make. I think I’ve encouraged at least 5-8 being sold since I purchased mine in October!

I’ve been reading lots about smoothies and enjoy looking at recipes since I started to have them as my daily breakfast; and I feel GREEN is the only way to go!   

Back in October, having to make them and then try to drink it was a really hard task – I wasn’t exactly overjoyed with my new breakfast choice but I did understand that it was much healthier than my usual sultana bran and semi-skimmed milk.

Five months on and I have a very different view on this.  I can’t imagine going without one for a couple of days – in fact the last time I was away I couldn’t have one for about four days and I was craving them when I got home – sounds strange but it’s true.  It only takes three weeks to change a habit, so if you can persist it does get easier and then it becomes the norm.

So why green?  Well you can put berries like raspberries or blueberries, but that changes only two factors: the colour and it makes it sweeter.  The healthier smoothies have more vegetables in them; like kale, spinach and celery, which by the way I cannot stand celery but within a smoothie you cannot taste it at all.

The other key thing with adding more vegetables, your adding less sugar.  Try to avoid more than 2-3 fruits in a smoothie or it's actually not that great for you.  The other point about veg that I'd like to make, it goes in RAW.  I’ve been quite surprised how many people have asked me if I boil or steam them first – Nope, they go in washed, chopped and very much raw.

Here’s a guide to what to put in; try and avoid making the same one every day, as you want to get as many different fruits and vegetables into your digestive system throughout the week.

Green Recipe for one person
(if you are making for two people try half amounts and get more different items in!)

  • Handful of spinach or a handful of Kale
  • Couple of leaves of lettice
  • ½ stick of celery
  • ¼ of a large cucumber
  • 1 avocado or 1 small banana – this gives your smoothie thickness so don’t add both and ideally half & half
  • ½ lemon without rind and pips
  • Handful of mint leaves approx 5
  • 1 pear or 1 green apple
  • 1 kiwi
  • Consider what nuts you want to add in - when I have apple I tend to opt for cashew and when I have pear I opt for walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons of milled Flaxseeds
  • Now for the liquid – the more you add the easier it will be to drink it.  Nutribullet have a MAX line that you should not go pass.  I would suggest that you opt for cold water, but if you fancy  a change and want it more creamy then either add almond milk or if you want it sweeter add coconut milk, but avoid adding milks each day – use it as a treat!
  • And then blend.... my recommendation would be with a Nutribullet :)

If you start to have a go, leave a comment as we'd all love to read them and if you have any tips of your own please pass them on!