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Smoothies to help your recover from your Christmas fun

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

However the key is to try not to add too many extras to sweeten the fruit and veg you add in. smoothie

  • 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.