‘Sunshine Smoothies!’

Blitzing a load of fruit and vegetables and calling it breakfast. Sheer genius! And during the summer months fresh produce of a whole range of colours, from dazzling red strawberries to deep green spinach, have their place in the list of possible ingredients, with each one bringing something a little different to the mix, not only in terms of flavour, but also the range of nutrients it contains.

Easy to make and full of vitamins and minerals, smoothies also allow us to enjoy ingredients we perhaps wouldn’t normally eat on their own. Take the ‘beet berry smoothie’ which, jam-packed with antioxidants, soluble fibre, folate, potassium, vitamin C and other essential nutrients, includes powerhouse ingredients such as kale, which includes chlorophyll, a formidable detoxifier, and cucumber, which is extremely alkalizing. Don’t think you could enjoy beets in a smoothie? This receipt could alter your opinion!

Take one cup (240ml) of unsweetened rice milk or almond milk; one medium purple beet, peeled and steamed; one cup (25g) of purple kale leaves; half a medium cucumber, roughly chopped; one tablespoon of fresh lime juice; one tablespoon of vanilla protein powder; five drops of liquid stevia; and one cup (160g) of mixed frozen berries … then chuck everything into a blender and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth and creamy. It’s one of the healthiest drinks on the planet!

Still not convinced? Well, how about a ‘super berry smoothie’, consisting of a 450g bag of frozen mixed berries; a 450g pot of fat-free strawberry yogurt; 100ml of milk; 25g of porridge oat; and two teaspoons of honey. Simply blast the berries, yogurt and milk together until smooth, then stir through the porridge oats and pour into four glasses. Serve with a drizzle of honey.

Or how about a ‘blueberry breakfast smoothie’, incorporating one cup of frozen blueberries; half a fresh ripe banana; one cup of regular almond milk; and one scoop of chocolate protein powder. Put the frozen fruit into the blender, let it sit for a few minutes in order to let it defrost slightly, add the banana, milk and protein powder, and blend for 30 to 40 seconds until smooth. Simple, and very, very delicious.

With the hectic pace of modern life, it’s easy to get caught up in the idea of ‘convenience’, forgetting about the healthy, natural foods that surround us. Of course, smoothies on their own won’t bring you perfect health, but they will go a long way to supporting it. In fact, different concoctions can even help with different ailments: papaya and pineapple-based smoothies, for instance, are excellent at calming indigestion. But ultimately you couldn’t have a healthier start (middle or end!) to the day than a good smoothie!

  • By Bilal Al Halabi, Al Halabi Ref. & Kitchen Equipment www.al-halabi.com


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