With the summer holidays having finally arrived, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share a few of my favourite smoothies. Smoothies are one of the easiest ways to get nutrients quickly and easily into your system. Here are a few of my favourites I posted on my instagram account this year.
#1: Classic Green Smoothie
This is my go-to whenever I need a pick me up or I have been struggling with getting my daily dose of greens. Blend 1/2 cucumber, 2 stalks of celery, a handful of spinach (or other leafy greens), 2cm square of ginger and juice of 1/4 lemon with about 150ml-200ml of coconut water depending on the desired thickness.
#2: Green Coconut Smoothie
This deliciously creamy smoothie is great when you need a little bit of nourishment and comfort. The creaminess of the banana and coconut milk make this deliciously indulgent while being healthy at the same time.
Blend 1 frozen banana with 1 cup of coconut milk (or other dairy free milk of choice), a big handful of spinach, a tsp of super greens powder and 1/4 of a mango. Blend with lots of ice to add extra thickness to use a base for a smoothie bowl. Best topped with coconut, banana and granola.
#3. Berries + Cucumber smoothie
Berries and cucumber deliver a refreshingly light smoothie for an afternoon snack or even a light dinner. This is best blended with lots of ice to ensure it is extra thick for adding some delicious toppings. Blend 1/2 cucumber, 1 cup of berries and 1/2 cup almond milk with lots of ice. Top with granola, chia seeds, berries, cherries or whatever you desire.
#4. Banana Berry Protein Smoothie
This is the perfect post work out smoothie, packed full of potassium from banana’s which is great for both muscles and hydration + protein to help muscle recovery. Blend 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 frozen banana, 1/2 cup almond milk or coconut water, and 1 scoop of protein powder (vanilla works best). Add more of less liquid depending on the consistency. This is equally good as a smoothie bowl loaded with granola, nuts & seeds and fruit or simply as glass to get some instant fuel.
Although I have outlined some recipe guidelines, feel free to add and remove ingredients to your desire. Pretty much anything tastes great as a smoothie, so start experimenting and work out what works best for you.