Smoothies are nothing new, but because they are packed with goodness, they are a great way of getting those vital vitamins and nutrients that are often missed out of our diets because other things take over.
We don’t think this has to be the case and have put together some of our favourite smoothie recipes that are really easy to make, even when you are time poor.
Breakfast on the go
This is a simple smoothie but one that is packed with goodness and thanks to the addition of oats, it will keep you away from the vending machine mid-morning.
1 large, ripe banana
1 tablespoon of porridge oats
100g of fruit such as strawberries, blueberries or mango (go for frozen if you haven’t got any fresh options at home)
150ml of semi-skimmed milk
1 teaspoon of honey
Put all the ingredients into a blender and whizz for around one minute or until smooth, adding ice cubes it you want the liquid to keep colder for longer. Pour the mixture into a flask, and start your day the healthy way.
Go, go green smoothie
Smoothies do not have to be sweet, so if you are looking for something with a more savoury edge, this is for you. Vibrant and vitamin packed, the avocado, cucumber, spinach and kale pack a punch that is evened out with coconut water and pineapple.
For this drink you will need:
1 avocado, peeled, stoned and sliced
1 cup of spinach
1 cup of kale
50g of fresh pineapple
A 15cm piece of cucumber, sliced
300ml of coconut water
Put the avocado, spinach, kale, pineapple and cucumber in a blender, then add the coconut water, blitz until smooth. Then add the ice cubes and blend until they are totally broken up. This smoothie is a great mid-afternoon latte swap and will not only hydrate you thanks to the coconut water, but it tastes great too.
Vitamin C blaster to go
Pink grapefruit, strawberries and pineapple are all high in immune boosting, disease-fighting Vitamin C so if you feeling a little off colour, this is a great pick me up.
1 large pink grapefruit peeled, seeded and sliced
1 ripe banana, peeled and sliced
1/2 a cup of fresh pineapple, chopped
1 cup of strawberries
½ a cup of blueberries
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1/2 a cup of almond milk
Put all the fruit into a blender, blitz for one minute, add the almond milk and ice and let the goodness get to work as you drink post-work out.
Got a winning smoothie recipe? Let us know what it is, we’d love to give it a go.