If you want to start eating healthier, but don’t know where to begin, then a good start is to introduce green smoothies to our diet, as they are super easy to make and a simple way to get plenty of vegetables in your diet! Green smoothies are packed with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and fibre, which will keep your body strong, healthy and give you the energy you need.
To make your green smoothie taste the best, below are a few tips.
First of all, the smoothie needs to be really smooth with no bits in it what so ever. If you’re blender is powerful, it shouldn’t be a problem. If your blender is less powerful, chop your vegetables in smaller bits and blend for a longer time, and place the harder fruit and vegetables like celery and apple in bottom of the blender, were the blades are. These steps worked for me when I used a blender that was a bit old and knackered.
Second, you need to add some acidity from a lemon or a lime. The acidity from the citrus fruit will cut any grassiness from the spinach (or whatever leafy green you’re using) and bring out the flavours from the fruits. And if you use banana, make sure it’s ripe! Otherwise your smoothie will taste of unripe banana and have the consistency of a unripe banana. Not nice. So these are my few tips for making a mean green smoothie!
This revitalising smoothie has banana, apple, spinach, cucumber, celery and is loaded with nutrients, and to name a few it has
Vitamin B2 – Important for energy production and utilisation of protein, carbs and fat for energy.
Vitamin B6 – Needed for the synthesis of neurotransmitters e.g. serotonin.
Folate – A key player in the formation of red bloods cells, which carry oxygen in the body and give all cells the oxygen they need.
Vitamin A – Important for eye health and immune system.
Vitamin C – Improves iron uptake from non-heme sources (great as this has spinach- a non heme source of iron!). Good for collagen production.
Magnesium – Needed for over 300 cellular functions in the body! Important for muscle function and to prevent tiredness and fatigue.
Iron – Is vital for oxygen transportation in the body and for energy production.
All these nutrients are good for keeping energy levels up throughout the day!
This smoothie is also loaded with fibre, with almost 10 g fibre for the whole recipe! That’s almost 40% of the recommended daily intake of fibre! Fibre is needed for balancing your blood sugar levels, keeping you regular and for a healthy gut flora.
The recipe is one portion and it is a pretty massive portion so you might have half of it in the morning and half of it in the afternoon if you’re new to green smoothies.
So next time you’re having an afternoon craving for coffee and cake, have a green smoothie instead and fuel your body with nutrients that will give your body sustainable energy.
Revitalising Green Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1 celery stalk
- 1 green apple
- 0.5 cucumber
- Handfull around 50 g/2 cup spinach
- Juice from 0.5 lime
- 5-6 mint leaves
- 250 ml 1 cup water (more or less depending on desired consistency)
- Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve.