Smoothies are a great way to boost your fruit and veg intake, up the antioxidants and make a refreshing start to the day.
Try these recipes below or make up your own. I purposely haven’t given exact amounts for each ingredient because you can play around with the quantities you like and the amount of fluid needed to make the consistency that suits.
You will need a blender or smoothie maker
They are best drunk fresh but if you have leftovers they will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 8 hours, just stir or shake well before drinking. To keep the sugar load down ensure there are plenty of vegetables and other ingredients like nuts, seeds or protein powders rather than just fruit.
Nuts and seeds are best soaked overnight in salty water and then rinsed, this helps make them more digestible by breaking down phytates and enzyme inhibitors present in the nuts and seeds. By breaking these down you will absorb the nutrients they contain more easily.
Handful of kale
Handful of spinach
1/2 banana or 1 small one
handful of soaked pumpkin seeds
Berry Beet Treat
handful of red lettuce leaves
handful of berries
handful of soaked almonds
½ orange pepper
stick of celery including leaves
handful of soaked sunflower seeds
*To make your own Almond milk use 25g pre-soaked almonds per 100 ml fresh water whizzed up with hand blender or liquidizer.
To soak the almonds 4 cups with 1 tablespoon salt soaked for around 7 hours