Here you are spoilt for choice with our list of smoothies.
I didn’t own a juicer when I started making smoothies and yes some smoothies might be too viscous for some palettes. Personally, I like to retain as back of the goodness as possible. For example, leaving a layer of the white membrane from an orange will retain additional nutrients that you would loose in a juicer. However, if you prefer a smoother texture, then by all means juice away! You could of course add additional liquid to thin out the consistency. At the end of the day, the choice is yours as to how you want to prepare smoothies.
My recipes are all adaptable and I am just giving you recipes to start a lifestyle change. Perfect if you’ve never made one yourself. After this, you will never want to go and buy one on the High Street again. For one, they are so expensive and two they are not necessarily as good as they are made out to be. My recipes are mainly all natural ingredients – it makes no difference if you use fresh or frozen ingredients (sometimes frozen are actually fresher) and two there are no processed extras or high levels of sugar (other than fruit’s natural sugars) that are hidden. You know exactly what is going into your drinks. There is a nutritional table at the bottom of each recipe, should you be calorie counting.
- Invest in an 800w+ blender
- Prepare frozen fruit ahead of time…chopped and bagged
- Frozen bananas; peel, slice and freeze. Goes a long way; adds thickness without a flavour change
- Fruit and vegetables that are bruised and look past their best, cut prep and freeze. Perfect for a smoothie or juice that gets blended or juiced anyway.
- Add ingredients like milk, yoghurt, water or juice, then add lighter, dry ingredients, leafy, followed by heavier (if you’re using a nutri bullet or ninja put the ingredients in the reverse order as you turn it upside down).
Hemp – a vegan protein source with a mild, nutty flavour
Flax seeds – rich in fibre, protein and omega 3
Wheatgerm – contains one gram of dietary fibre per tablespoon
Sunflower seeds – shelled seeds boost copper, magnesium and selenium intake
Chia seeds – fibre loaded, protein rich and controls blood sugar and takes on other ingredient flavours
Now for the all important recipes. Which one to try first? I have to say that a firm favourite and new flavour combo for me is number 4. The thai style smoothie. Fabulous blueberries, coconut and freshness from lime and mint.
For more information on my series of blogs about smoothie/juice making, click this link to visit Part 1 Let’s get healthy
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