Smoothies: Go Green!

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I’ve been asked by quite a few readers to have more recipes
on smoothies – in fact I’m beginning to think I should get in touch with
Nutribullet and ask them to give me commission on each sale I make. I think I’ve
encouraged at least 5-8 being sold since I purchased mine in October!

I’ve been reading lots about smoothies and enjoy looking at recipes
since I started to have them as my daily breakfast; and I feel GREEN is the only
way to go! 

Back in October, having to make them
and then try to drink it was a really hard task – I wasn’t exactly overjoyed
with my new breakfast choice but I did understand that it was much
healthier than my usual sultana bran and semi-skimmed milk.

Five months on and I have a very different view on this.I can’t imagine going without one for a couple of days – in fact the last time I was away I couldn’t have
one for about four days and I was craving them when I got home – sounds strange
but it’s true.It only takes three weeks
to change a habit, so if you can persist it does get easier and then it becomes
the norm.

So why green?Well
you can put berries like raspberries or blueberries, but that changes only two factors:
the colour and it makes it sweeter.The
healthier smoothies have more vegetables in them; like kale, spinach and celery, which by the way I cannot stand celery but within a smoothie you cannot taste
it at all.

The other key thing with adding more vegetables, your adding less sugar.  Try to avoid more than 2-3 fruits in a smoothie or it’s actually not that great for you.  The other point about veg that I’d like to make, it goes in RAW.I’ve been quite surprised how many people
have asked me if I boil or steam them first – Nope, they go in washed, chopped and very much raw.

Here’s a guide to what to put in; try and avoid making the
same one every day, as you want to get as many different fruits and vegetables into your digestive system throughout the week.

Green Recipe for one person

(if you are making
for two people try half amounts and get more different items in!)

  • Handful of spinach or a handful of Kale
  • Couple of leaves of lettice
  • ½ stick of celery
  • ¼ of a large cucumber
  • 1 avocado or 1 small banana – this gives your smoothie
    thickness so don’t add both and ideally half & half
  • ½ lemon without rind and pips
  • Handful of mint leaves approx 5
  • 1 pear or 1 green apple
  • 1 kiwi
  • Consider what nuts you want to add in – when I have apple I
    tend to opt for cashew and when I have pear I opt for walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons of milled Flaxseeds
  • Now for the liquid – the more you add the easier it will be
    to drink it.Nutribullet have a MAX line
    that you should not go pass.I would
    suggest that you opt for cold water, but if you fancy a change and want it more creamy then either
    add almond milk or if you want it sweeter add coconut milk, but avoid adding
    milks each day – use it as a treat!
  • And then blend…. my recommendation would be with a Nutribullet 🙂

If you start to have a go, leave a comment as we’d all love to read them and if you have any tips of your own please pass them on!

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