I know I'm not reinventing the wheel here. Green smoothies are such a useful addition to our daily food plans as, when made correctly we can get a good whack of our daly protein, veg and fruit intake to boost our breakfast. I so often look for ideal recipe links to include on my patient's treatment plans and most times it's easier for me to make my own up as they will funnily enough, include all the elements I'm trying to encourage people to eat more of. So here's one of my fave properly built go-to green smoothies that I'm posting here especially for all of my SJH patients!
Naturally sweet and creamy - a smooth way to ease into your day. Some good blood sugar balancing going on here with the cinnamon and walnuts which should help to curb sweet cravings, carrying you through the day.
Ingredients: (to serve one)
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 (also 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’re having a good day, 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.