A blog post for all you boys and girls!
No one wants a smoothie or juice recipe that is either complicated, time-consuming to prepare or painful on the purse (i.e. especially the raw/organic ingredients) – the novelty and commitment can wear off quickly…
I know this, speaking from experience, where I’ve slacked when the feeling of bother and expense becomes a burden…
I am aware that smoothies and juices are no longer innovative or a new trend – but I still love them at times of need – such as to detox/cleanse, to give me an energy boost, to combat jet lag or when my body is feeling lethargic and also for a nutritional burst pre/post a fitness session. They are undoubtedly a great way to have a high dose of goodness in one hit – without having to resort to swallowing processed multi-vitamins.
I always find the best way is to toy with different (yet healthy!) ingredients, and to simply create your own. That way you can stick to your own budget and created recipes that you find yummy to drink.
I came back from Miami last week. HOLIDAY BLUES ALERT. I had *slightly* over-indulged on my trip (relaxing in the sun, spending all hours chatting to one of my best friends who met me there from New York, eating amazing food and drinking gin is all hard work haha!) and I was also suffering jet lag. I had a bloated tummy, signs of bad skin developing and I felt ‘eugh’…
So when I landed, I bought a handful of my favourite fresh ingredients, enough for 5 days worth of morning smoothies, a daily hit of nutritional goodness – helping me bounce back and to quickly get in to the swing of normality – alarm clocks, commuting and the general functioning of my brain again!
Although it did help that my week started by seeing some of my all-time favourite people – I’m very lucky with who I work with and who I get to hang out with.
I certainly champion an easy recipe in life, and if you would like to try one of my easy drinks that is guaranteed to pick you up, please give this a go and let me know what you think…
- A handful of spinach
- 1 small green apple
- 4 chunks of pineapple (I often buy the pre-packed tubs in the supermarket that last me 2-3 drinks)
- ½ teaspoon (thumbnail size) of fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon of Chia seeds (1 bag of 315g from Holland & Barrett lasts me about 2 months!)
- ½ teaspoon of honey (ideally raw but not essential)
Throw it all in to your blender (I love my Nutribullet) with as much or as little water as you’d like – depending on how thick you like your smoothie. Water gives hydration though, I tend to add half a cup.
I’ve tried and tested this recipe a lot, but please feel free to tweak as you see fit. And if you want to feel even better about yourself, here is some information about the ingredients…
Spinach – Packed with vitamins, antioxidants and minerals this healthy green has a high nutritional value and is rich in antioxidants. The amount of iron in spinach helps us to restore energy, increase vitality and improve blood quality. You remember Popeye, right?!
Apple – “An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away” – this goddess of a fruit is especially great for vitamins A and C, as well as fibre.
Ginger (fresh) – Contains anti-inflammatory properties – excellent for soothing the digestive system. Also reduces the general feeling of “eugh” – hence why pregnant women consume it to reduce the feeling of nausea.
Pineapple – A great source of vitamin C and antioxidants – and it’s natural sugars make this a juicy, delicious and sweet tasting ingredient!
Chia seeds (grounded) – Packed with protein, calcium and fibre amongst other amazing-ness.
Honey – Ideally raw so that it is fat/cholesterol/sodium-free – honey has antibacterial properties and is good for a sweetener. I like sweet things!
Disclaimer: I am not a qualified nutritionist (as much as I’d like to be!). I simply like to make smoothies out of yummy and healthy ingredients – especially because I tick a few medical boxes that encourages me to look after myself, and I like to make sure I consume enough vitamins and nutrients. Listen to your body and if you’re under any medical supervision, always listen to your doctor before listening to any of us bloggers – about anything!