A few smoothie recipes!

I love smoothies, so I thought I would share some of my favourite and simple smoothie recipes!

A few notes;
– I ALWAYS have frozen fruit in the freezer for my smoothies. Trust me, it honestly makes them taste ten times better, creamier and keeps them fresh and cold. Old bananas are great for banana bread, but even better for smoothies! Just peel, chop and chuck them in a container in the freezer and they’re always ready to go!
– I rarely drink cow’s milk so I tend to go for almond milk, coconut water or just plain tap water in my smoothies. In saying this, you can use regular milk, any nut milk you like, coconut milk or just water will do the trick!
– These are just a rough guideline, so play around with the recipes and add in or leave out whatever you like!
– The method for all these recipes is simple, blend in a high speed blender or do what I do, and use a big cup and a stick blender – less washing up!
– I pretty much put chia seeds in all my smoothies to bulk them up but feel free to add flax meal, oats, soaked nuts, protein powders (all of which I sometimes include too).

 

Blueberry & Acai Berry Smoothie

This is my favourite smoothie to have after a run because of the hydrating qualities of coconut water. Coconut water from a young green coconut is a natural isotonic drink that provides many of the same benefits as sports drinks, including electrolytes, calcium, sodium and magnesium – but completely in their natural form! It add a nice sweetness and great flavour to most smoothies so give it a go! Nothing beats fresh, but the canned varieties are good too. I go for JT’s coconut essence coconut water in a can or C organic coconut water. Feel free add a bit more or less water to make it thinner or thicker, like a sorbet!

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1 cup coconut water
1/2 frozen banana
1/2-1 cup frozen blueberries
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp acai berry powder

 

Creamy Green Smoothie

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1-2 handfuls of baby spinach
1 cup of almond milk
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp vanilla essence

Note: Blend the spinach with your milk of choice first to avoid lumps of spinach in your smoothie!

 

Vitamin C Green Smoothie

Very nutritious, delicious and packed with vitamin C. I juice the oranges in a basic lemon juicer (what are they called?) for the smoothie and eat the pulp to make sure I get all the fibre and nutrients from the whole orange, not just the sugar in the juice!

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2 oranges, juiced
2 handfuls of baby spinach
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 frozen banana
1 tbsp chia seeds

Same goes as above, blend the spinach and coconut water/juice first before adding everything else.

 

Passion Mango Smoothie

My go-to summer smoothie recipe because of the abundance of available mangoes!

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1 frozen banana
1 cheek of mango (frozen or fresh)
1 cup of almond milk
1 tbsp chia seeds
passionfruit, to top

Blend all except passionfruit, and serve with it on top!

 

Choc Berry Banana Protein Smoothie Bowl

Wow, that’s a mouthful to say! This one is more a meal replacer for breakfast in the warmer months – nothing like a fresh smoothie bowl to start your day.

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1/2 serving of protein powder (I used WPI cacao blend from Bare Blends)
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
handful frozen blueberries/raspberries/strawberries
1/2 frozen banana

Optional, to serve
crunchy granola
homemade muesli
stewed rhubarb
more fresh fruit
nuts and seeds

 

Cacao Tahini Smoothie

This smoothie is really comforting and super filling! The tahini gives it a super nutty taste and texture and tastes delicious with the cacao!

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1 frozen banana
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup of almond milk
1 tbsp tahini (hulled or unhulled, black or white – depending on preference)
Enjoy and get creative!

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