How about a quick and easy challenge that will kick start you towards healthy eating every morning. Why not consider starting our Five Star green smoothie challenge and brighten up your morning!
Our household has been on the green smoothies for quite a few months now and I know personally I feel the difference. Bumping up the nutrition first thing in the morning when your digestive tract is empty and starting the day will really boost your nutrient absorption. I have heard many people resisting this by saying they “look foul so they must taste bad” well that could not be further from the truth. Having worked with Michelle Nazaroff and using her green smoothies as a base for us to start with (you can read all about Michelle here or take a look at her fantastic 12 week body transformation programs here and here) I have become a green smoothie expert and have about five that I rotate for variety and they all taste amazing.
For those of us who are time poor, this is the perfect meal for you! It takes literally 5 mins to whip up one of these babies or if you really struggle in the morning you can always make it the night before (it doesn’t have quite as much foaminess but the taste is great and it is still good for you).
There are a few basics you need to know before commencing on a green smoothie crusade.
1. Pick your greens- The best ones I have found are kale, baby spinach, cucumber, celery, and cos lettuce. You can add any you like to your smoothie. I like to add three serves of veg to each smoothie. You can start with less and add when you get used to the taste if you like.
2. Fruit- a small amount of fresh fruit adds natural sweetness and flavour to any smoothie. My favourites are banana, pineapple, watermelon, lemon, mango and berries. I like to freeze mine and add them frozen to thicken it and make it really cold. Again, any fruit you like works with smoothies.
3. Base- coconut water is my all time favourite smoothie base but almond milk, and water work well too.
4. Fibre- this will keep you full for longer and slow down absorption of the nutrients keeping hunger at bay.
5. Protein- I use protein powder (a natural one without added artificial ingredients) but nuts work well too. Cashews make a really creamy smoothie and taste delicious.
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So that’s the basics of green smoothies. The more you get used to making them the more you will experiment with flavours and try new ones. I have included two of my favourite smoothie recipes, what is your favourite smoothie recipe?
NAZAFIT GREEN COCONUT SMOOTHIE
(Taken from the Nazafit 12 week body transformation program available here)
90g frozen banana peices
1 cup coconut water
1 tsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 cups baby spinach leaves
dash vanilla extract
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
Blend all ingredients with a cup of ice in your ladyship and enjoy!
FIVE STAR LEMON STARTER SMOOTHIE
half a whole lemon (rind incl)
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
2 x dates
cup coconut water
cup baby spinach
1 x leaf kale (removed from stalk)
1/2 lebanese cucumber
tsp chia seeds
(optional- scoop vanilla protein powder)
Blend in your ladyship with a cup of ice and enjoy!
What are your favourite green smoothie recipes? Share them here.