This week I'm back in my home kitchen whizzing up a nutritious green smoothie packed with lots of fresh, healthy greens to give you the vitamin boost we all need at this time of year and kick start any of those Blue Monday woes! I also give my opinion on my favourite non dairy milks by rude health and which flavours I think work best and where...
CLEAN GREEN SMOOTHIE
1/2 ripe avocado
1 whole banana
1 big handful fresh greens like spinach
1 cup of ice
1 tsp coconut oil (optional)
250ml milk of choice i.e. tigernut!
1/2 tsp organic spirulina
Pinch of bee pollen to sprinkle on-top
*If pre or post workout a heaped teaspoon of hemp protein is the perfect addition to this smoothie. So this green smoothie recipe probably won't be new to you... but the classic combination of sweet banana, smooth avo and fresh greens is my favourite go-to and never fails to kick start my day.
The process is simple, just place everything in your blender, I use a Nutribullet Pro, and blend for 10-20 seconds until smooth. If your organised you can peel, chop and freeze your banana in advance for an extra thick and creamy smoothie but a few cubes of ice give a similar consistency and keeps your smoothie nice and cool. Personally I much prefer my smoothies on the chilled side.
The components of this smoothie make it the perfect breakfast on the go. Avocado is a great natural source of fat which firstly helps you feel satisfied so no hunger pangs 30mins later and also helps to promote healthy skin and hair which is a never a bad thing.
Bananas are a great source of potassium, they are the perfect natural sugar hit if you're about to exert energy. Most importantly, they improve your mood and can relive stress- so this smoothie will literally make you happier, healthier you!
The addition of spinach is a good balance to the sweetness from the banana and is also an easily digestible source of iron. The small amount of spirulina will be an added boost to the iron levels and being the most nutrient dense food there is it offers amazing antioxidant properties.
Coconut oil as we all know has so many great benefits. Aswell as adding it to my smoothies and cooking with it, I use it as my daily moisturiser! Adding it to this smoothie and helps reduce cravings for sweet things which i struggle with when trying to be good in January after indulging in December. The little sprinkle of bee pollen ontop isn't just to make it look pretty they are jam packed with vitamins and minerals and are the perfect little immune boosters making them great for shifting your winter sniffles.
When it comes to choosing the right liquid to blend your smoothie with I always pick rude health. Firstly because they're 100% organic and only use natural ingredients so no nasty preservatives or thickeners. Secondly I think they taste better! My favourite for coffee and hot chocolate at the moment is hazelnut and it's not too sweet tasting and it's really nice and creamy, definately the milk of choice at the jam jar at the moment. In cereal and porridge I love oat, rice and almond milk as they all have a slightly sweeter flavour. Coconut milk is my favourite in more tropical smoothies like the ones I serve at the jam jar using pineapple and mango.
Today I've used tigernut as it's Rude Healths latest creation. This milk is great for those with a sweet tooth as it's naturally really sweet. Customers in the cafe who love it have likened the flavour to toasted marshmallow! It's also a great option for those with nut allergies as it's not actually made from a nut but a tuber which is like the root of a plant.
I hope you enjoy today's smoothie recipe with whichever milk you chose. I'd love to know your favourite smoothie options, keep me posted. Next week I'll be posting my herbal tea recipes to help you through dry January!