May 22, 2017

Smoothie ideas for the family

Smoothies and juicing are fast and convenient ways to get nutrients into our bodies. They are also very trendy at the moment. While juicing removes the skin and fibre from the plant, smoothies blend it all together to provide the important health benefits from the whole plant. Which ever option you choose, homemade is always best and preferably organic. I prefer smoothies for adding extra nutrients, minerals and fiber into my diet.

Tips for smoothies:

  1. Drink it fresh. Smoothies tend to separate when left for too long plus any fresh juice can develop bacteria quickly when standing. Vitamins and minerals get destroyed with increased exposure to air and light so drink up straight away.
  2. Use smoothies as a way to add extra nutrients, minerals, fat and fibre in your diet and not to replace meals with it.
  3. Be adventurous with your plant selections. Try fruit and vegetable combinations as well as super foods, dairy or non-dairy liquids.
  4. Choose the best quality produce you can get. Going all organic can be expensive so try using the Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen lists when choosing organic produce.
  5. Too much fruit in a smoothie is high in natural sugar and should be consumed less often. Experiment with different vegetables such as this green smoothie recipe with a Middle Eastern twist below.

Makes 1 cup

1 cup baby spinach
3/4 cup roughly chopped cucumber (if organic leave the skin on)
1/2 cup coconut water
2 dates, pitted
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 fresh mint leaves
1/2 teaspoon piece of fresh ginger

Blend until smooth and enjoy immediately.

For my toddler I make this easy smoothie recipe to slowly introduce him to the healthy trend.

Makes about 3/4 cup

1/2 cup organic strawberries
1/2 cup whole organic milk
1 teaspoon honey

Blend until smooth and enjoy immediately.