Smoothie

Black Grapes and Red Cabbage Smoothie

 
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A beautifully delicious smoothie. The black grapes add a sweetness and the red cabbage has a peppery kick at the end. Great if you're new to smoothies and just discovering how versatile they can be. The sweetness from the grapes and banana should keep your sugar cravings at bay. And the grapes and red cabbage provide antioxidants which boost and promote good health. The flaxseed and goji berries provide essential fatty acids and amino acids too. And the purple colour indicates that this is a good choice for women with menstrual cramps.

Next time you want something sweet, why not reach for this instead?

 

Ingredients

11/2 cups black grapes

1 cup red cabbage, chopped

1 small banana, sliced

2 teaspoon flaxseed and goji berries

1/3 cup coconut or mineral water

3 or 4 mixed nuts (walnuts and brazil nuts)

 

Directions

Add all ingredients to your smoothie-maker. Blend and enjoy.

 

Pineapple and Melon Smoothie

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Summer is the perfect time of the year to enjoy those healthy tropical fruits that remind us of sun, sand and sea - and general holiday bliss. What better excuse is there to enjoy a delicious pineapple smoothie?  As you enjoy your smoothie, why not close your eyes for a couple of minutes and visualise the warmth of the sun on your body and the gentle lull of ocean waves? 

 

Benefits

The great thing about pineapple, is that although it's sweet to taste, it actually has a low calorie count. It's also high in antioxidants and vitamins. Pineapple also contains the important enzyme, bromelain, which is particularly good at fighting inflammation. So its ideal for those who live with inflammatory pain conditions such as arthritis.

Cantaloupe melon, with its beautiful orange colour, is high in beta-carotene, which is thought to help slow down the process of chronic degenerative diseases on the body and the effects of ageing. It also protects the skin, which is great if medications have left your skin lacking its glow and in need of some TLC.

Galia melon is actually a hybrid of cantaloupe and honeydew. It's high in Vitamin C and dietary fibre. It is high in pectin so its great for the digestive system.

 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 fresh pineapple
  • 1/4 cantaloupe melon
  • 1/4 gaia melon
  • 11/2 tsp pea protein powder
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • t sp grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp good quality honey (optional)

 

Directions

Chop the pineapple, and melons. Add everything to your smoothie maker. Blend and enjoy!

 

A deliciously tasty Kale and Melon Smoothie

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If you're new to green smoothies - and unsure about kale - then this kale and melon smoothie is a great place to start. It's such a perfect combination. The natural sweetness of the melon disguising the kale. Yet you still get that beautiful striking green colour that makes the heart sing.

If you're unsure about eating raw kale, you can steam it for seven minutes before adding it to your smoothie. 

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of kale, organic
  • 1 1/2  cups of melon
  • 1 1/2 inches of fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp mixed seeds (eg. sesame and sunflower seeds)
  • 1/2 organic apple
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp pea protein
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup of almond milk

Instructions

Add all the ingredients to your smoothie maker. Blend until smooth and enjoy

 

 

An Incredibly Moreish Carrot, Apple and Ginger Smoothie

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A wonderful Summer smoothie that's perfect for breakfast with a vibrant orange colour.  The organic carrot and apple provide sweetness and the pea protein is filling - so you shouldn't need to go snacking before lunchtime with this tasty brekkie inside of you.

A great place to start if you're new to smoothies - and sure to become a Summer favourite.


Benefits

Carrots are a powerful source of beta-carotene. Your body converts this to Vitamin A and this can help give you beautiful, glowing skin. The alkaline nature of carrots also helps purify the blood. 

Apples are high in antioxidants and flavinoids. Apples are high in Vitamin C which can help the body fight off infections and boost the immune system. Because they are rich in fibre, apples can also aid the digestion by releasing gastric juices that support the efficient absorbtion of nutrients.

Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory that can aid digestion. It can also help menstrual cramps, nausea, arthritis and muscle soreness.

Pea protein can aid weight loss. It can reduce the level of ghrelin your stomach - the hormone your stomach releases to tell your brain its time to eat.

If you're new to smoothies this is a great one to start with.

Ingredients

  • 1 large organic carrot, chopped
  • 1 organic red apple, chopped (I used Gala)
  • 100ml almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon good quality honey
  • 1 scoop pea protein

Directions

Add all the ingredients to your smoothie-maker. Blend until smooth.

Enjoy!