3 nutritious smoothie recipes for you
Everyone’s heard about smoothies and how good they are for you. A good way to start a healthier way of living is to substitute your breakfast with a healthy smoothie or a juice. You’ll be surprised how long they satisfy your appetite and with continued use how much more alert and energised you’ll feel as you’ll be delivering good nutrition to all your cells.
Here are three of my favourite recipes for you to enjoy. These recipes are a combination of juicing and blending so the equipment that you’ll need are a juicer and a blender. If you are going to adopt a plant-based diet and bring more and more healthy habits into your life then you’ll need these pieces of equipment anyway, and they’ll be a pretty good investment for your health.
The difference between a juice and a smoothie is that with juicing you’re extracting just the juice from the vegetables and fruit and this is where all the nutrients are and as you drink your juice these nutrients are delivered straight into your system and into your cells, you’re guaranteed a mood lift from juicing for sure. A smoothie is more like a meal as it has both the nutrients and the fibre so when ingested a smoothie takes longer for your body to digest because of the fibre content, however you’re still getting good nutrition with smoothies.
I also use superfoods in my smoothies. Superfoods are foods packed with nutrients that have super health-giving properties. Some of these superfoods can be found in your local veggie shop such as blueberries, kale, spinach and others in powder form such a spirulina, wheatgrass, hemp protein, maca, lucuma and cacao. I use all of these and a few more, I’ve found them to be an invaluable part of my plant based diet. You can buy superfoods from online health stores or your local health food shop. I’d recommend you buy some of the powdered forms of superfoods, build up your larder gradually so you have plenty of choice to hand.
Organisation is vital when adopting a new habit so when you’re writing your weekly shopping list make sure you have enough fruit and vegetables for a weeks worth of juices and smoothies for breakfast and give it a go! You won’t regret it. If you have any questions please email me at email@example.com and please visit my site for lots more easy to make, tasty and nutritious plant based recipes for you and your family, you can also sign up for regular updates on any new recipes I produce together with offers on my raw chocolates. Happy Springtime Smoothie making!
This smoothie is a regular for me, daily in fact, it’s easy to make and super nutritious giving you plenty of energy (with the bananas and avocado) to last you right up until lunchtime. Cucumbers are not only great for your skin (we all know the cucumber patch over the eye to reduce puffiness), they rehydrate you, being 95% water they keep your body hydrated while helping your body eliminate toxins. They also contain B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients.
Serves 2 pint glasses. If you have any left over then put it in a flask and have it for lunch or adjust ingredients accordingly.
6 cavelo nero kale leaves
thumb of ginger
2 sticks celery
Juice the cucumber, kale, ginger, lime, celery and pineapple. Blend the juice with the bananas and avocado.
In a big stock pot cook leaves in salted water for 4 mins max as you don’t want to lose the crunchiness. Drain (keep the juice it’s so good for you, as a little girl my mum used to save the kale water for me, I was obsessed with curly kale even at a young age, I still am now!) …
Now put everything together:
To the drained leaves in the stock pot add the raw ingredients and stir, and finally add the quinoa and stir thoroughly, add freshly ground pepper and more lemon if required. Serve with a wedge of lemon.
Beetroot Mango Smoothie
Beetroot has got to be one of my all time fav veggies. Last year I started Beanies Organic VegPatch and one of the veggies I grew was the beetroot, they weren’t massive, however they were organic, grown with love and packed full of goodness and sunshine. Whenever you use beetroot in a juice or a smoothie you are guaranteed for an artistic delight as the colour this power packed veggie produces is phenomenal, I’m always in awe of it’s beautiful colour.
Beetroot have exceptionally high nutritional value being rich in calcium, iron and vitamins C and A. Beetroot cleans the blood as it aids detoxification of the liver. Beetroot is rich in fibre and may assist in preventing constipation and is a good source of folic acid, manganese and potassium. Beetroot is best eaten raw juiced, grated or added to smoothies.
Serves 2 pint glasses so enough for 2 people or save some for later in a flask, which is what I like to do.
2 sticks celery
1 thumb ginger
1 ripe mango
3 tablespoons organic date syrup
2 cups plant based milk
Juice the celery, orange, lime, ginger and cucumber. Blend the juice with the bananas, mango, date syrup and plant based milk.
This superfood smoothie has an equal balance of juiced vegetables and with the mango and banana delivers fibre and goodness, marry this with the superfoods you will be giving your body a real treat. I use this smoothie recipe as an energy booster and to fill me up if I’m on the move, travelling or out and about.
Maca, a root that belongs to the radish family, is grown in the mountains of Peru and is known as Peruvian Ginseng. Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E and boosts your libido and endurance. It’s also good for women going through the menopause, helping to balance the hormones thus relieving menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes. It’s also said to increase fertility. If you are pregnant or lactating you should avoid taking maca due to it’s effect on hormones.
Serves 2 pint glasses.
1 beetroot and tops
1 ripe mango
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon hemp protein powder
1 tablespoon maca superfood
1 tablespoon lucuma superfood
1 tablespoon cacao powder
250ml coconut milk
Juice the orange, beetroot & tops, orange and pineapple. Blend the juice with the mango, banana, chia seeds, blueberries, hemp protein, maca, lucuma, cacao and coconut milk.