I love smoothies! They are such a great way of packing in a lot of nutrients in one go. Super quick & easy to make they are also make a great breakfast in the morning to set you up for the day.
I often use frozen fruit & vegetables for my smoothies. Not only are they cheaper and make the smoothie nice and cold, it also means you always have ingredients to hand to have one. Most frozen fruit is picked at their peak of ripeness which is when they are at their most nutritious meaning they are packed full of vitamins, minerals & antioxidants. I buy frozen spinach, blueberries, raspberries & mango. I also freeze over riped bananas too to have at hand (chopped up first).
MY STEP BY STEP GUIDE
To get the most out of your smoothie follow my guide below to ensure it is nutritionally balanced and filling enough to keep you going until lunch.
1. 2 handfuls of greens – spinach, kale or romaine lettuce (if using frozen spinach use 2-3 cubes)
2. ½ banana (to make it creamy)
3. 1 handful of fruit – blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, mango, apple, pineapple or kiwi
4. 1 tbsp of ground flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
5. c.200-300ml water, plant-based milk or yoghurt (depending how creamy you like it & if ingredients are frozen)
Optional boosts (recommend adding nuts or protein powder if having for breakfast to make it extra filling)
- ½ handful of nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews) or 1 tbsp of nut butter
- Protein powder (amount depends on type – brown rice, hemp or pea are good plant-based ones c. 1-2 tbsp)
- 2 tsp fresh ginger (great to flavour to mask the greens)
- 1 handful of oats (makes it extra filling)
- 1 handful of fresh mint (great flavour)
If you are taking it to drink at work, I highly recommend you keep it cold a flask. I really like the Sho bottle as it has a wide neck and is leak proof so no risk of spillage in your handbag!