05/01/2016

My top starter smoothie recipes

If you’ve taken a little peek at my Instagram feed, you’ll see there are quite a few pictures of smoothies, which have recently become my favourite on the go breakfast. (By the way, what did people look at before we all started taking pictures of our food to post it online, I cannot imagine…!)

For me, a smoothie is a great way to pack my morning nutrients into an easy quick breakfast that I can take with me most mornings, with the only exceptions being the days when I have to fly out of London, as my Nutribullet cup doesn’t really fit into the airport security requirements for liquids…




On the topic of the Nutribullet: I decided to buy one at the end of last Summer when I couldn’t get happy with the consistency of the juices and smoothies I was getting from either my juice extractor or my blender, not to mention they never seemed to be able to take care of nuts for example. Not to mention the mess both left behind after each use! So, the extractor and blender were packed up and out to the nearest charity shop, to be replaced by a Nutribullet, and I haven’t looked back since.

Wonderful, you might say, but what does one do with a bullet, ninja and other juice gizmos? Some of my friends have written to me about how they were slightly daunted by the new appearance on their counter-top and didn’t quite know where to start, and I’ve emailed them some of my top recipes, but I thought with all the hype about clean eating I might as well write a post about it here.

Before we go on, just a little reminder: I am no dietician or clean eat guru, I claim no expertise in this topic; I just love eating tasty, and, more recently, clean food (most days... god forbid I eschew my adored afternoon teas!)

First, you need to do a bit of shopping… You need: fresh and frozen fruit and veg (remember, organic is best…), a couple of good yoghurt pots (I prefer plain Greek and vanilla), a number of non-dairy milks and juices, chia seeds, nuts, all of which can be found in most supermarkets these days. You will also need to go to your nearest health shop or order online some more esoteric ingredients such as spirulina powder, bee pollen, hemp protein powder, matcha, cocoa nibs etc. I also have a protein powder to add on to my smoothies, at the suggestion of my trainer, but that’s not a must…

I would suggest starting with juices and smoothies that taste nice to ease you into the whole juicing fiesta. There is no point starting a smoothie routine with a bitter cold soup tasting pond water looking smoothie which will take all your motivation away; for me, this means there is at least one fruit in all of my recipes, to ensure a bit of sweetness, but I also put kale, spinach or another green leafy veg into most of my breakfast smoothies to ensure plenty of goodness. Anyhow, enough of chatter, here is a selection of my starter recipes for the smoothie newbies out there, enjoy!

1) Super antioxidant berry galore
The name says it all, it’s about tricking your body into thinking it’s actually 25 years old, still… Everyone loves this one, it’s the most basic of smoothies and it works well when your kitchen is empty and all there is left is a couple of bags of frozen berries in the freezer. This also works very well as a base for a smoothie bowl, just add some gluten-free granola, your favourite crushed nuts, some bee pollen, and enjoy!
1.5 cup mixed berries (fresh or frozen)
1 apple
1 cup of 0% Greek yoghurt
1.5 tablespoon of milled chia seeds (for an extra kick of protein)
1 teaspoon acai berry powder
(if you need to pack a little more energy into this smoothie, consider adding 0.5 cup of oats)

2) Choc delight: 
This one is so yummy you’ll be smacking your lips, think about it like a virtuous chocolate milkshake. It’s perfect as a snack, when that box of cookies is calling your name from the kitchen cupboard. I always add a scoop of PHD Vanilla Protein Powder when making this for breakfast, otherwise it’s not a very strong smoothie but it's so delicious!
1.5 cup coconut water or coconut milk
1.5 cup spinach (spinach leaves actually taste sweet so don’t be afraid, pack them in!)
1 frozen banana
1 tablespoon raw cocoa powder
1 tablespoon raw cocoa nibs
10 almonds or pecan nuts
0.5 teaspoon organic vanilla powder
1 pinch Himalayan salt
(for extra sweetness you can add 1 medjool date, but honestly it’s not needed)

3) Green tropical cocktail
This is what I call a false green smoothie. It looks incredibly virtuous, but it’s packed with delicious ingredients which make it taste just like a Pina Colada… It packs a bit (a lot) of fructose, so not great, but the enzymes in the pineapple make this a must-have in my menu.
1.5 cup coconut water
1.5 cup kale or spinach or lettuce (by order of decreased goodness factor)
1 frozen banana
1 cup pineapple chunks
0.5 teaspoon spirulina powder (go small on the spirulina, especially at first, or you'll find your smoothies taste of aquarium water)
(for extra creaminess and good fats, add 10 pecan nuts)

4) Detox lean green
Now, this one may sound a bit scary, but after the first three recipes you should be ready to move to the next level, and trust me this actually tastes quite good, the secret being that it doesn’t include celery, a very noble vegetable which does great things for the body, but nothing for my taste buds… I prefer to put it in my soups.
1.5 cup coconut water
Juice from a lemon or a lime
1.5 cup kale
1 pear or green apple (the apple is more virtuous, the pear is sweeter)
0.5 cucumber
1 kiwi
0.5 teaspoon spirulina powder (see warning above)
4-5 mint leaves
(you can add some grated fresh ginger to your taste for an added immune boost)

5) Beetroot fig plum yum
Beets are incredibly filled with loads of vitamins and minerals, so they are a fantastic base for any morning juice. This one will convert even the most reluctant amongst you: it’s my favourite anti cold days blues recipe.
1.5 cup beetroot juice (or 2 beets, diced)
1.5 cup kale
2 figs
2 plums
1 carrot
0.5 cup blackberries
1 tablespoon flaxseed
0.5 teaspoon cinnamon (aka sugar’s healthy cousin)
0.25 teaspoon vanilla powder

6) Matcha destress magic
Did you know that walnuts are the ultimate stress-busting ingredient? Me neither, but hey, we live and learn, right? Try this one whenever life is feeling a bit too hectic…
1 cup almond milk
1 cup 0% vanilla yoghurt
1 tablespoon matcha powder
0.5 cup walnuts
1 tablespoon flaxseed
(for extra fuel consider adding a frozen banana)

There you have it, a little selection of my starter smoothie recipes. Nothing too drastic here, right? I’ll be experimenting with some more hard-core recipes in the next few weeks (think more veg, less sugar) and will report back with my favourites. Stay tuned! 

4 comments:

Heather Day said...

Thank you! These are brilliant: can't wait to try them! I detest celery also so that's a big plus for me! X

Anonymous said...

Thank you just started using the bullet and was struggling with all the options on Instagram so these look great

LittleS said...

My pleasure! I'll also make sure to post the ingredients in my instagram pics whenever I do a smoothie selfie :) xxx

Ryan said...

Good post!!