Smoothie recipes perfect for summer… Do you need a kick start towards balanced nutrition? After the cold winter and its heavy eating, healthy smoothies are a terrific way to get a fast shot of vitamins, minerals & nutrients whether you work out of not, in to the body! The best bit being that most smoothie recipes are quick & easy to make, requiring just a few mins & ingredients to prepare.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SMOOTHIE RECIPE? TRIED A BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE WHEN PUSHED FOR TIME OR, NOT THAT HUNGRY?
For those days when a full breakfast is just too much? Pushed for time, or maybe just finished a morning work out and need a quick nutritional boost? Breakfast smoothies are a great way to get a fast energy boot whilst keeping those hunger pangs at bay.
SMOOTHIE RECIPE NO. 1: ROLLED OATS, BLUEBERRIES, RASPBERRIES, BANANA, CHIA SEEDS WITH ALMOND MILK
1 X Cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk (with coconut is nice too)
1 X Cup of Mixed Berries – Blueberries, Raspberries (or any berries that you like)
1 Banana, chopped
¼ Cup Rolled Oats
Generous scoop of Chia Seeds
Optional; Ice cubes or honey if desired
Place all the ingredients into a Nutibullet, or regular blender and pulse blend together until smooth and all contents have mixed well together – pour to serve (serves 1 i like them big!).
Almond Milk love it or hate it has some kick ass nutritional properties. With many vitamins and anti-oxidants, high in protein, fibre whilst being low in calories and all-important things that play a key role in maintaining a healthy body.
Blueberries & raspberries; A rich source of antioxidants vitamin C, K, Manganese, Phosphorus, and selenium – Not bad for a quick glass, right?
Tip & Trick
To save time and money have you tried pre-freezing ingredients? Peel & chop the bananas in to chunks then store and freeze in a food bag. The same applies for berries, store them and keep in the freezer ready for your next smoothie.
SMOOTHIE RECIPE NO. 2: BLUEBERRY, KALE, SPINACH, BANANA, HONEY, PEANUT OR ALMOND BUTTER, ALMOND MILK WITH WHEY PROTEIN
1 X Cup Blueberries
½ Cup Kale
½ Cup Spinach
1 X Banana
1 X Tablespoon Whey Protein
1 X Glass unsweetened Almond Milk
Place all the ingredients in to the blender and blend until smooth and fully combined. Sprinkle chia seeds to taste
Green vegetables such as Kale & spinach are known for their ‘enhanced nutrient absorption’ and are nutrient ‘powerhouses’ providing an immune system boost, healthy bones, heart health, increased energy levels, even helping with digestion. Packing them into a smoothie recipe is such an effortless way to get those greens in without even fully realising it!
I don’t think that you can’t really taste or feel like you’re drinking a cold glass of spinach with kale! The flavours in this smoothie mix so well when blended together.
Aside from the colour, you wouldn’t necessarily know by taste alone, but whatever you do – don’t forget the banana or that taste sensation could be quite different 😊
FANCY AN AFTERNOON SMOOTHIE? HUNGRY? BUT DON’T WANT TO REACH FOR THE TREATS IN THE OFFICE? CAN YOU RELATE TO THIS FEELING?
The best bit, other than taking less than 5 mins to make! I think is the variety of smoothie recipes and mixes out there! There’s masses! What about when you’re trying to be good, yet those sweet cravings are taking over?
Worry not! Here’s a nice little smoothie recipe to pre-prepare the night before and keep in the office fridge for when the afternoon sugar cravings hit?
SMOOTHIE RECIPE NO. 3: BANANA, STRAWBERRY, ALMOND BUTTER, COCOA POWDER, SALTED ALMOND BUTTER & FLAX SEED
Here’s a fantastic way to put that sweet craving aside whilst filling you up & giving you an energy boost at the same time
2 X Frozen or, ripe bananas cut into chunks
½ Cup of Strawberries (or any berry that you like, again can be from frozen).
2 X Heaped Tablespoon of Organic Cocoa Powder
1 X Tablespoon or generous dash of Flax Seeds or mixed seeds to preference
2 X Tablespoons of salted Almond Butter
1 X Cup unsweetened Coconut Almond milk
Optional; Ice and a handful of greens like spinach or kale if desired
Place and pack all the ingredients in to the blender ensuring you’re not over filling & add the almond milk last. Depending on the type of blender used; once the cap is screwed on firmly give the container a good shake to make sure no bits are getting stuck. Then pulse to blend the juice until smooth shaking once again before serving. Ta da
Cocoa powder is fantastic, being low in calories, high in flavour as well as providing a good dose of fibre. Also, with minerals such as iron, manganese, magnesium, and Zinc, again another way to get a quick nutritional boost with minimal effort required.
Tip & Trick
You will see that each recipe uses a banana? Reason being is that this adds the bulk and provides a natural sweetness. I guess, this all depends on preference. Should you not particularly like banana’s then honey is also great as a natural sweetener should you prefer.
Which smoothie recipe will you try? I hope you like them? If stuck getting in to a healthy routine or, just looking for a quick and effortless way to get as many vitamins and minerals in without having to invest too much time or effort? Smoothies must be one of the easiest methods and being slightly addictive!