Fresh vegetable-based drinks, including both juices and smoothies, are one of the best ways to flood your body with the easily digestible vitamins and minerals it needs to thrive. When correctly prepared, smoothies are such an easy, quick and manageable way to open your body up to a new array of energy-boosting nutrients that you may otherwise struggle to get into your everyday diet.
A properly built smoothie offers a nutritious breakfast option that can provide an even energy release until lunchtime. The best thing is that it can be put together in minutes, which is key with our busier than ever lives. They can offer a great way to include some leafy green and antioxidant-rich fruit & veggies which can help boost energy levels, improve immunity and can provide liver support. All you need are the right ingredients, a recipe, a blender and less than 5 minutes, to have a complete nutrient dense meal.
This is one of my most popular Smoothie Recipes...
Naturally sweet and creamy - a smooth way to ease into your day. The cinnamon o ers blood sugar balancing and together with the walnuts, it should help to curb sweet cravings, carrying you through the day.
INGREDIENTS : (for one serving)
1 glass chilled almond milk
1 chopped and cored pear
large handful of spinach leaves (rocket/kale will do too) half teaspoon cinnamon
half teaspoon vanilla paste
a few tablespoons of oats (preferably soaked)
tbsp of nuts - such as walnuts or almonds (again preferably soaked)
1 tablespoon chia or flax seeds
1 scoop whey or pea protein powder
Optional: 1 tbsp collagen powder eg. Great Lakes Brand
Place ingredients in your powerful blender in the order listed above, blend until smooth then drink up! You can add a little extra cinnamon on top to garnish....Smoothies are best when drunk straight away, though you can keep leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
Top tip: When you’ve made some time, you can easily prep smoothie ingredients in advance. Portion up leafy greens like kale & spinach in sandwich bags or in glass tupperware when bought fresh, to save time and prevent wasting any ingredients.