A rainbow immune fighting Smoothie

This morning’s smoothie experiment was successful! I used apple, pineapple, spinach, beetroot, ginger and coconut milk.

The humble apple is high in fibre and vitamin C. Pineapple is loaded with Vitamin C and has a very cool enzyme- Bromelain- which acts as an anti- mucolytic. Spinach is rich in micronutrients such as folate and zinc. Beetroot has powerful anti inflammatory properties and that beautiful red pigment provides tons of anti- oxidant phytonutrients. Ginger is anti inflammatory and warming for winter, and coconut milk is rich in good fat, dairy free  and adds some silky creaminess to this mix.

It turned out to be a very delicious mix, and my body was like-‘ Yessss! Thank you!’. The Nutribullet has been my knight in shining armour, especially in the time and texture category.

The recipe is below:


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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of red apple
  • 1/2 cup of pineapple
  • 2 spinach leaves
  • 1 raw small beetroot
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut milk
  • 2 cm stick of fresh ginger
  • water for consistency

Method:

  • Throw everything into the double cup attachment, with water.
  • Blitz.
  • Serve and enjoy! It should make about 600ml of deliciousness.

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A quick and easy green based smoothie

This morning I had a delicious smoothie, that I thought I have to share.

I know many people cringe at the thought of putting veggies into a smoothie… It is the only way to reap the full benefit of a raw meal! Veggies (as well as fibre) stabilise the blood sugar levels, as opposed to just a fruit based smoothie. This recipe makes one litre. I usually have 500ml for breakfast and reserve the other half for the next day or an after gym meal.

Ingredients:

Serving size: 1 litre ( or 2x 500ml cups)

  • 1 stick of celery (insoluble green fibre )
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder (anti-inflammatory)
  • 1/4 cucumber (fibre and potassium)
  • 1/2 cup grapes (anti- oxidant and adds natural sweetness)
  • 1 golden delicious apple (fibre and adds natural sweetness)
  • 3 tablespoons of plain full cream organic yoghurt (good fat and protein, probiotic boost and also adds creamy texture)
  • 3 tablespoons pomegranite seeds (high in vitamin B & C, fibre and sweetness)
  • 1 cup spinach leaves (high vitamin A and lots of green insoluble fibre)
  • Water for consistency

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Method:

  • Rinse and roughly chop up the fruit and vegetables
  • De-seed the apple and grapes
  • Chuck everything into a liquidiser/ smoothie maker and switch on

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  • Add water gradually for desired consistency. I prefer a liquid like consistency that I can drink easily
  • Make sure that the ingredients are well blended. Nobody likes chunky bits at the end!
  • Pour into a glass and drink up!

 

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