Smoothies can help to give you the extra boost to help you recover from your Christmas excesses or to give you the start to a busy day, shopping, cooking or partying. Below are some tips to ensure you make the most of your smoothies, and a couple of recipes to try.
Tips for making smoothies
- Use nut milks or greek yoghurt rather than fruit juice as the liquid element.
- Try adding some herbs or spices such as fresh grated ginger to add a a little variety or space.
- Honey is a good natural sweetener if you do need something extra.
- If you are trying a green smoothie – go for the lighter greens such as spinach first, rather than kale which is very bitter.
- Oats, chia seeds, avocado & banana are good for helping you to feel fuller for longer
- If you are using them as a meal replacement then stick to 1 serving.
Red Berry Super Smoothie – serves 4
- 450g bag of frozen berries
- 450g strawberry fat free greek yogurt
- 100ml milk
- 25g porridge oats
- 1tsp of chia seeds
- 2tsp of honey (optional)
Place the berries, yogurt and milk together in blender & blend until smooth. Add the porridge oats, then pour into 4 glasses and if desired drizzle some honey on top.
The Morning After the Night Before Smoothie – serves 1
130g blueberries, frozen
1/2 small banana
1 tablespoon chia seeds
65g non-fat Greek yogurt, plain
65g coconut water
Place all the ingredients in a blender & blend until smooth.
To counteract the effects of any alcohol the coconut water will help with re-hydration, whilst the blueberries will help your immune system compromised by the excess of alcohol, the banana will provide complex carbs to help maintain a steady flow of energy, and chia seeds contain Omega-3 fatty acids known for anti-inflammatory effects.