Thank goodness for smoothies!

I find myself having just had emergency and unexpected root canal treatment on a tooth that had inflamed nerves and threatening infection.  With the 4 vials of anaesthetic, it has taken 7 hours for my face to come back to life and I am quite hungry having had breakfast at 7am and nothing until now, 6pm, has been able to pass my lips thanks to dribbling or chewing the inside of my cheek off!  And now there is just pain… and the thought of chewing makes me cringe.  So rather than ice cream and mash potato, which was advised, I am going for the healthy option – thank goodness I am a smoothie queen!

 

Smoothies are a wonderful way to ‘drink your food’ when you are pushed for time, in a hurry or need some goodness quick!

 

Top tips:

  • Make sure you chew while drinking. Sprinkle nuts and seeds / goji berries / cacao nibs on the top of your shake or eat a handful of nuts before, during or after.  Chewing is essential to kick start your metabolism and your digestion as well as letting your brain know you have eaten, therefore making sure you feel satiated.
  • Chop up ripe bananas in to inch pieces and lie on a baking tray and put in a freezer. When frozen, bag or box them up and keep in the freezer and add to smoothies.
  • Buy frozen spinach, fruits and berries.
  • Use whatever milk you prefer – any nut milk or coconut milk is a good replacement for dairy milk.
  • Use coconut water for added hydration.
  • Use as good a quality protein as you can afford, preferably one from pea protein as this is easier to digest (my favourite brand is Arbonne which you can buy online or a mix of my own seed blends)
  • If you are in a hurry in the mornings, make up your shakes the night before with all the dry ingredients, adding the frozen and wet ingredients in the morning, just before you blend and go.
  • Put the liquid in the blender first and then the dry ingredients, or the dry tends to stick at the bottom.
  • Add a superfood – like greens / spirulina or  Maca Powder (great b vitamins to combat fatigue and promote bone health).

 

Here are some of my favourites smoothies – I am enjoying the Green Badass right now:

 

The Green Baddass

This is a great post work out smoothie thanks to the protein from hemp, chia and pumpkin seeds for recovery and muscle repair.  Banana and dates add sweetness and the avocado and coconut are your good fats and make this smooth and slightly thick.

 

¼ banana

1 medjool date

2 cubes of frozen spinach or 2 handfuls of raw spinach

1 tblsp pumpkin seeds

1 tblsp chia seeds

1 tblsp hemp seeds

2 walnuts or a tsp nut butter

½ almond milk and ½ cococnut water to your preferred consistency

 

Add the ingredients to the blender, blend and go!

Top with more pumpkin seeds and goji berries and if you like them, raw coconut pieces

 

 

Vanilla Berry

This is super fast, super delicious, kids love it (I give mine half – they are under 10).

 

2 scoops vanilla pea protein

A good handful of Mixed frozen berries (raspberries, blueberries)

1-2 tblsp gluten free oats (optional – but if you get hungry, this is a good idea)

1 tblsp live greek yoghurt / yoghurt of your choice

Coconut water to your preferred consistency

 

Add the ingredients to the blender, blend and go!

Top with more and goji berries and my favourite, raw coconut pieces or make a smoothie bowl and top with fresh fruit and seeds.

 

 

Chocolate Mint Aero

This is also another winner for kids, but also if you have a chocolate or sweet craving in the middle of the afternoon.

 

2 scoops chocolate pea protein

5 mint leaves (or more if you want really minty)

3-4 ice cubes

Coconut water to your preferred consistency

 

Add the ingredients to the blender, blend and go!

Top with cacoa nibs for the crunch.

 

 

Dr Mark Hyman’s Superfood Sugar Detox Protein Shake

This smoothie really packs a punch and keeps you full for a really long time.  I fell in love with this one when I did dr Mark Hyman’s 10 day Sugar detox last January.  All of the ingredients are specific to balance sugars and mineral levels in the body.

 

75g frozen blueberries

50g frozen cranberries

¼ lemon with the rind

¼ avocado

1 tblsp almond butter

1 tblsp coconut oil

1 tblsp pumpkin seeds

1 tblsp chia seeds

1 tblsp hemp seeds

2 raw walnuts

2 raw brazil nuts

120ml unsweetened almond milk

120ml water

 

Add the ingredients to the blender, blend and go!

Top with more seeds and goji berries or make slightly thicker by reducing the amount of water and eat with a spoon from a bowl, topping with fresh berries or seeds and nuts.

 

You can see him talk about the diet and this smoothie here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWvobI-TJm8

 

Make your own!

I have had lots of fun making my own smoothies by following nutritionist Kelly LeVeque’s Fab Four method:  ensure your smoothie has Fibre, Protein, Good Fats and Greens.

 

She has lots of ideas here:

http://bewellbykelly.com/bewellsmoothie/

 

Enjoy!!

 

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