Holidays are great for feasting and enjoying treats, and we shouldn't feel guilty for indulging from time to time! But when you're ready to return to your regular routine, smoothies are a great way to keep loads of colour, flavour, and nutrition in your life!
Smoothies aren't automatically healthy, though. Many, including many pre-bottled smoothies, contain as much sugar as a can of soda. Even if it’s not refined cane sugar, fruit sugar is still sugar. All that energy can add up to a real sugar crash not long after you’ve had your last straw-full. So what makes a smoothie “healthy” versus a sugar bomb?
It’s all about balance. A healthy smoothie should be a whole lot more than fruit alone. Vegetables, nuts, seeds and supplements (if you like) all contribute to make a smoothie that’s a healthy balance of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats. Try this Superfood Smoothie and get more tips from our smoothie maven Monica Shaw of SmarterFitter!
Dietary: Vegan, Gluten Free
- 1 tbsp sunflower seeds, soaked overnight
- 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds, soaked overnight
- 1 tbsp brazil nuts, soaked overnight
- 1 tbsp cashews, soaked overnight
- 1 tbsp raisins, soaked overnight
- 2 dates, soaked overnight
- 2 apricots (unsulphered), soaked overnight
- handful of fresh mint leaves
- 1 banana, peeled and chopped
1 pear (or apple), peeled and chopped
- 200-500ml cold water or nut milk, added to desired consistency
- A handful of blueberries, strawberries, blackcurrants and raspberries for a red berry smoothie
a handful of spinach leaves, parsley, watercress for a green smoothie.
- Soak the nuts and seeds together overnight, and soak the dried fruit together overnight.
- Rinse the soaked nuts and seeds, then place into a blender and whizz until finely ground (we use our Froothie Optimum 9200 Power Blender).
- Add the soaked dried fruit, the banana, pear and the mint and blend until smooth.
- Add your choice of berries or greens and blend, whilst adding enough water to make a smooth consistency.
- Only add as much water as you want, you can drink the smoothie thick or thin.
- Smoothies are a great way to enjoy your foraged nuts and berries.
- Soaked nuts and seeds add nutritional content, flavour and make for a more filling smoothie to drink as a breakfast alternative. Soaking nuts and seeds overnight increases their enzyme activity and makes them more easily digestible and nutritious.
- Optional extras to boost your superfood smoothie include:
Maca powder for energy and hormone balancing.
Spirulina, blue-green algae or wheatgrass powders are used for alkalising the body and as a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Spirulina is a source of GLA used by the body as an anti-inflammatory.
Hemp protein powder is a great protein addition without any whey.