The Classic Green Smoothie

Hello:)
I’m so sorry for the lack of recipe posts recently! I’m back on the road again – but this time not for a holiday.  My job as a PA = erratic working schedules, long hours and being permanently on call (ie. not the best conditions for blogging!)
As a result – the recipe I’m going to share today is perfect for those days where you genuinely do not have time to eat well.  I’m usually skeptical when people say they ‘don’t have time’ to do things (we all got the same number of hours in the day, honey!) but at time-pushed moments, taking care of yourself can fall to the bottom of the priority pile.  This recipe is here to fix that and give you an energy boost when you need it most! So here we go: a super healthy and nutritionally balanced glass of vitamins, veggies and volume to keep you full in less than the time it takes to make a cup of tea:
THE CLASSIC GREEN SMOOTHIE
Ingredients:
  • 1 large ripe banana, peeled and frozen
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 dates, pitted
  • 1 scp vanilla protein powder (easily subbed with 2tbsp soy yoghurt/greek yoghurt)
  • as much spinach as you can fit in the blender
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Method:
  1. Put all ingredients in blender.
  2. Blend
  3. Enjoy 🙂
Quick, easy, nutritious, but most of all delicious!  I usually sip this from a to-go cup as I dash out the door in the morning, eyes still half closed, shoes untied and hair awry ! It’s the perfect on the go breakfast to keep you full for hours and set your day off to a great start.
 Enjoy 🙂
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Why I’m boycotting ice cubes…..

Hello world! This week I’ve been interning at Cosmopolitan, which has been a really great experience and so much fun

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hard at work…

Luckily for me, the office is a three minute walk from Whole Foods and a whole host of other health foodie hangouts 😀 😀 I was like a kid in a candy shop! Because of heat, I was drawn mostly to smoothies and juices in all their vibrant colours and flavours. Kale and pepper?  Acai and pitaya? Mango passionfruit kiwi? It all had me salivating and willing to exchange exorbitant amounts of money for 500ml of liquid goodness

But these shop-bought smoothies were often be a disappointment.  They tasted good, but the texture was  sometimes a bit, well, meh.

After pondering on it a while, I figured out the culprit….

ICE CUBES!

Too many of ’em! Although they’re great for speedy cool downs and can be epeceially refreshing come summer – they are no friend to a creamy smoothie.  I like mine almost ice cream consistency, so I really resent it when juice baristas (?) fill half your £4.99 juice with frozen water.

So how to fix this problem at home?

Freeze yo’ fruit.  And yo’ veggies.

I urge you all to embrace the frozen fruit and veg trend!  It’s the best way to get a thick, creamy, fruity consistency that stays icy where the weather’s hot.  And when it does melt?  You have a creamy, nutrient packed drink that retains taste and teture much longer than ice blended drinks.

With that in mind,  here are my favourite candidates for the ice-cube upgrade….

 

1) Cauliflower

My absolute fave. It has literally zero taste when frozen and blitzed into smoothies, but just 120g of it packs  73% of your daily Vitamin C (in 120g)  and 20% of your Vitamin K.     A++

2) Spinach and leafy greens

Hail the kale.  Freeze your greens for an improved texture but unaltered taste

3) Beetroot

This is all you need for an Instagrammable smoothie – it turns everything a gorgeous deep pink! Make sure you peel and chop the beetroot into small chunks BEFORE you free it though; trying to cut a spherical, rock solid, ice-cold beet is no-one’s idea of fun

4) Watermelon

Seeing as watermelon is 91% water, this makes a natural choice. Best for sorbets and refresher style iced drinks, try blending with lime, coconut water and berries for an instant cooler.

5) Berries

The mainstay of my breakfast smoothies, berries are packed with antioxidants which are essential for skin and heart health.  Stock up on big bags of frozen berries- it’s significantly cheaper than getting them fresh.

 

By combining a fruit and veggie cubes in your smoothie,  it’s easy to pack in well over 6 varieties of fruit and veg in your morning drink.  This morning , I consumed the equivalent of a large salad  (banana, blueberries, pineapple, strawberries, kale and cauliflower) all before 9am. Nay bad.

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Salad to go

You can also make ice cubes out of almond milk or coffee to prevent the dreaded dilution.  Disclaimer: this one’s only for the steady handed – the clumsier ones amongst us have a tendency to spill it all over the floor on the walk to the freezer…

Experiment with different fruit + veggie combinations until you find the one that works for you.  If you have any suggestions for freezable veggie candidates that I’ve missed, please share in the comments! I’d love to try some of your combinations too!

 

Have a great day,

 

Charley