Purple Sunrise Smoothie

Just a quick hello from Health Embrace today as this Tuesday the nutritious recipe has been provided by a great nutritionist colleague from Cristazone in London’s Harley Street. I’ve been lucky enough to sample this already so I’m sure you’ll enjoy! I’ll leave you to read the detail provided and for those who requested extra tips and a weight loss theme, this one is perfect…

 

Cristazone image for purple sunrise

 

How can it be used?

 

This hemp protein smoothie is formulated to provide you with a convenient, easily digestible meal that is packed full of all the nutrients that you need in one go.

It can be used as a healthy meal replacement option, a pre training meal, post training recovery meal or simply as a tasty snack option.

Everybody can gain from a meal that is fairly low in calories but bursting with a wide range of nutrients.

When used as part of a weight loss regime you benefit from a meal that is surprisingly filling and that releases it goodness steadily. As a result it can play a big part in helping you to cut down on unnecessary snacking and in providing an effective bridge between main meals.

 

The benefits:

 

  1. Contains a range of healthy fats
  2. Protein rich
  3. Easily digestible
  4. Promotes efficient energy use
  5. Wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals
  6. Supports healthy blood sugar levels
  7. Is damn tasty!

 

Ingredients & preparation

 

  • 350ml of filtered water
  • 2 small bananas (180g)
  • 3 heaped tablespoons of hemp protein powder
  • 1 small beetroot (70g)
  • Pineapple (202g)
  • Coconut (84g)
  • Handful of spinach (29g)
  • Medium avocado (179g)
  • ½ of an unwaxed lemon

Cut all ingredients into pieces, blend until liquefied – job done.

 

 Tips

 

v  Hemp protein powder is fabulous as it is a complete protein and is a non animal source which makes it accessible to all.

v  Filtered water is best but ordinary tap water is perfectly ok.

v  Use ice instead of water if you are not going to eat/drink your smoothie immediately as this will help to preserve it.

v  Slightly green bananas support good gut health, ripe bananas for added sweetness.

v  If you open a coconut rather than buy ready prepared pieces, use the coconut water as part of your water quota.

v  Thoroughly wash the beetroot and use the skin too – the extra fibre is good for you. As you are using the whole beetroot an organic variety would be preferable.

v  When you skin your pineapple be sure to use the core too as this is rich in the essential nutrients that it contains.

v  Use the whole lemon including the skin – the lemon also helps to preserve the smoothie by slowing down the rate it deteriorates (oxidises).

v  Don’t over blend as the fast spinning blades can cause unnecessary oxidation.

v  Your wee/poo may take on a purple tinge because of the beetroot but don’t worry as this is a perfectly normal experience.

 

All the ingredients apart from the hemp protein are available in most supermarkets, however hemp protein can be found in most health food shops.

 

 

Nutritional information

 

Food Serving size (g) Calories Nutrients
Hemp Iron, manganese, magnesium, omega 3 & omega 6 fatty acids
Beetroot 100 43 Vitamin C, iron magnesium, folate, fibre, potassium, manganese
Pineapple 100 50 Fibre, thiamine, Vitamin B6/C, copper, manganese
Coconut 100 354 Manganese, selenium, fibre
Spinach 100 23 Niacin, zinc, fibre, vitamin A/B6/C/E/K, thiamine, riboflavin, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese
Avocado 100 160 Fibre, vitamin B6/C/E/K, folate, niacin, riboflavin, potassium, magnesium, copper
Lemon 100 29 Vitamin B6/C, thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, iron, magnesium, fibre, calcium, potassium, copper
Banana 100 89 Potassium, magnesium, fibre, vitamins B6/C

 

Purple Sunrise Image