I’m fairly new to making smoothies….It’s fair to say that I’ve had some very successful ones and others, well let’s say I won’t be making again.

In mixing ingredients I’ve ended up with BROWN smoothies.  Yes, I have been brave enough to sample them and with the exception of one, they haven’t tasted bad.  It took me some time to work out why they were going the colour of mud!

I have been sharing some recipes on my website with visitors to try themselves and have also been asked the question: “Does it matter that my smoothie isn’t green?”  The simple answer is no!  It is still as healthy and nutritious, providing that you are balance the ingredients correctly into the right categories.  You should be aiming for about 70% vegetables and 30% fruit.  This ensures that you are not over-doing the sugar and carbs.  Yes, the are natural sugars, but it’s important to cap this amount.  There are calorie free sugars alternatives out there such as stevia, or use agave instead of high calorific honey and maple syrup.

There can be a few reasons why your smoothie has turned an ‘interesting’ shade of brown:

  1. Any type of berry was used in the recipe
  2. Dark or red coloured fruit was used
  3. One of your recipe ingredients is beetroot
  4. You forgot to add your greens, DOH!

At the end of the day, the choice of ingredients is down to you and the colour is irrelevant – so long as you’re happy to drink it 🙂  So, experiment with ingredients and create some of your own recipes.  Remember smoothies count towards your 5-a-day.  These help boosting circulation, digestion, reducing inflammation, improving a healthy heart and general wellness.  You can get more than enough Vitamin C, K, iron, magnesium, antioxidants and other essential minerals to maintaining a healthy body and mind.  Buying health supplements and vitamins will become a thing of the past.

Smoothies don’t need to be time consuming, as many you can prepare in advance the night before.  Just bear in mind for green smoothies, they will start to lose important minerals if they are chilled and not drunk immediately.  However, you can make breakfast smoothies with oats, or berry smoothies for the next day.

If you need help with smoothie information, check out our blog and read the section about smoothies and juices.  Let’s get healthy; part 1 is here.

A list of our smoothie recipes can be found here.

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