The other day, I succeeded in converting my brother to ‘green smoothieism’ – and it was the Spirulina Smoothie recipe below that got him. After a couple of sips, even the sceptic was waxing lyrical about how surprisingly delicious it was.
Drinking your greens in smoothie form offers a top dose of fiber, magnesium and B vitamins. The fruit delivers an abundance of vitamin C, while the spirulina (or chlorella) provides and a dousing of valuable protein and amino acids. As a result, I have posted a Spirulina Smoothie recipe and a Cleansing Green Juice recipe below to help you guys with your own ‘green smoothieism’ and I suppose ‘green juiceism’ too!
Drinking your greens in both juice and smoothie form is a brilliant way to infuse your body with a fantastic dose of raw, mineral rich goodness. I often make up a big green smoothie and have it for breakfast, adding a handful of nuts or tablespoon of nut butter so as to keep me full until lunch. If I am ever feeling run down and in need of a little pepping, my immediate reaction is to turn to drinking my greens.
Making green smoothies does not have to be a rigid practice – have a play around. If you do not have one of the ingredients in the fridge, just swap it for another. No almond milk? Just use water. No mango? Just use a banana and some lime. You will soon get the hang of it and the combinations are endless.
As much as I would love to have a Vitamix blender, there is just no way that I can afford to shell out £500 for one at the moment. I am afraid I don’t even have a Nutribullet. I have a tiny little Kenwood Smoothie 2Go cup blender and for me, it works just perfectly. It is small, compact, easy to wash and only costs around £20! When it comes to juicing, I was lucky enough to be given a Sage juicer by my wonderful beardy Nick for Christmas. It is amazing and makes the smoothest, yummiest juices – any of the above products will sort you out for getting under way with making juices and smoothies.
- ¼ avocado
- ½ a banana
- ½ a mango
- 1 passion fruit
- 7cm piece of cucumber
- ½ a pak choi
- ¾ cup of water
- 1tsp spirulina, wheatgrass or chlorella powder (optional)
- Remove the skin from the avocado, banana, mango and passion fruit and place in your blender with the cucumber, pak choi, water and spirulina (or alternative) powder.
- Blitz for a minute or two until completely smooth and creamy. Drink immediately and enjoy!
There is a lot of debate out there over the benefits of juicing and weather or not drinking smoothies is actually better for you than drinking juices. My view is that both are good in different ways and that we should try to include a variety of both in our diets. My one tip however is keep both your juices and your smoothies ‘green’ for the majority of the time. When I say ‘green’ I don’t mean lots of green kiwis, green grapes or green apples, I mean green’S’. Smoothies and juices need to be vegetable heavy wherever possible. I am talking like 80% vegetables. Adding lots of fruit may taste good but it actually means that you are upping your sugar (in the form of fructose) intake, which in turn, can lead to blood sugar spikes and cravings. Neither are a welcome feeling for those trying to loose weight, those with candida or those with diabetes. Once you get used to the right quantity of vegetables in your juices and smoothies you will realise that they can be totally delicious! Some can be totally minging too but stick with it – you will get it.
Cleansing Green Juice
- 2 sticks of celery
- 7cm chunk of cucumber
- 1 medium courgette
- 1 green apple
- 1 thumb size piece of ginger (optional)
- ½ a cup of water
- Roughly chop all of the ingredients and blitz through your juicer. Finally pour the water into the juicer as it spins to wash out any remaining bits of juice. Drink immediately.