Hopefully by now you’re all getting the hang of the smoothie challenge and revelling in preparing and testing out different creations.. To follow on from Thursdays much loved Avocado and Chocolate smoothie recommended as a introduction for the kids (big and small!); recipe and tips today are brought to you by Anneka Street a health and nutrition coach based in New York City.
Anneka works with busy mamas to help them lose weight, get more energy, improve digestion and learn how to cook nutritious meals for their families. This lovely option tweaked from one of her ever popular seasonal detox programme is a great one for the start of Spring!
Over to Anneka…
Green Pirate Smoothie
Green smoothies are all the rage nowadays. There is no better way to introduce a variety of green veggies into your diet and they make a perfect start to any morning. They are also ideal for children who are typically quite fussy when it comes to eating green vegetables. My green pirate smoothie (named by my 6 year old!) is a big hit in my house. Since all the ingredients are blended, they are quick to absorb and less taxing on your digestive system. It contains ginger to ease digestion, green apple and lemon to cleanse and lots of green veggies for phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. I also like to add pineapple especially at this time of the year for some tropical inspiration! Children love them and I like to pour them into ice pop molds for a healthy dessert or after school treat.
2 cups green vegetables (I love spinach, kale and watercress)
2 cups liquid (water, coconut water or unsweetened almond milk)
¼ ripe avocado
1 frozen banana
1/2 green apple
1 cup pineapple
1 inch of grated ginger
Juice of 1/2 organic lemon
Start by blending just the liquid and greens together until really blended and smooth. Then add the fruit to your blender. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!
Green smoothie tips:
- Instead of gulping down the smoothie, drink it slowly and “chew” the smoothie in your mouth or swirl it around a bit. This way, the digestive enzymes in your mouth get to work straight away.
- You don’t need ice cubes in smoothies if you freeze your fruit. I like to peel ripe bananas and pop them in freezer bags to have on hand when I make smoothies. Frozen berries and grapes are also perfect for smoothies.
- You can make the green pirate smoothie the night before and store in an air tight container in your fridge.
Optional extra: 1 tablespoon chia seeds to sprinkle on the top. These are loaded with antioxidants and omega 3s. They are great for weight loss too as they absorb a lot of liquid and make you feel full. They are available in most supermarkets, health food stores and online at Amazon.