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AVOCADO, BANANA AND SPIRULINA SMOOTHIE

AVOCADO, BANANA AND SPIRULINA SMOOTHIE

Admittedly I am not a morning person. I don’t have a trouble waking up, even on weekends I tend to be the first one up leisurely checking up the latest news on my iphone. However I am not an early breakfast person. To be honest on a school day, when I am making kids breakfast, packed lunches and making sure my daughter (who would rather be dancing) gets dressed and brushes her hair and teeth, my breakfast is the last thing on my mind.

That’s why I think breakfast smoothies are so fabulous especially when you are on the run, they get you going and can provide lots of nutrition to start the day. No need to grab a sugary cereal bar, smoothie takes just a minute or two. I usually just chuck in whatever I find in the fridge and freezer. I keep my freezer stocked up. There are lots of frozen berries, mangos and bananas. There is also frozen kale and spinach in case I don’t have any fresh. Of course my fridge is full of fresh veggies and fruit bowl is always stocked up too. Not all my smoothies look and taste great or would look great on a photograph (like those that turned mud brown or unappetising dark grey). There were a few that I drank just because I new there are good for me but took no great pleasure in doing so...

Friday evening our friends came over for a veggie curry feast, we had 4 curries, rice, naan breads, chilli nuts... and my friend (as she always does) bought a few cocktails. Morning after a blow out like that a smoothie is the best way to start the say. I have to say this avocado, banana and spirulina smoothie made with coconut water really hit the spot. Not only it kept me full till lunch but also gave me the energy for some needed revision.

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AVOCADO, BANANA AND SPIRULINA SMOOTHIE
Makes 1 large glass

1 very small avocado (or half a medium one)
1 banana
1 date (optional)
1 heaped tsp organic spirulina (chlorela, or any mixed green powder)
1 cup (or more if needed) of coconut water
handful of ice

1. Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend till smooth, add more coconut water if too thick. Serve immediately.
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KERMIT THE SMOOTHIE

KERMIT THE SMOOTHIE

My attempt to detox has hit a wall today. I have been really good avoiding all the things I wanted to avoid - wheat, sugar, alcohol. Today however I took my daughter to the cinema and a lunch of her choice (a girls day out). Unfortunately on top of wanting a pizza she also chose a restaurant. The only dairy and meat free item on the menu was a tomato and olive pasta. My daughter was laughing saying “ detox no more” while I was crying into my far too oily overcooked plate of wheat (!!!).... I think if you break your detox you really need to do it with something that is worth it like Jamie Oliver’s spaghetti alla Norma not this pile of rubbish.

Never mind I am back on track. And as my fridge is jammed packed of veggies this shouldn’t be a problem. I have been eyeing the celeriac and beetroot in my veg drawer so hopefully they will come together into a delicious salad tomorrow. Earlier today I was going to make some kale chips today but I noticed a large caterpillar was swimming in the water as I was washing the kale. The green creature was saved but left me with some rather unappetising deposits of “recycled kale” among the dark green leaves. I thought dehydrator just won’t do and kale will have to be cooked at much higher temperature. That recipe will be coming soon.

Today I will give you a kale smoothie I had a few days ago. It was so neon green that my friend who saw it on my personal Facebook page exclaimed: “What have you done to Kermit???” Hence the name. Delicious it is and rest assured no frogs (or caterpillars) were harmed in making of this breakfast.

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KERMIT THE SMOOTHIE

Serves 1-2

ingredients
2 cups kale leaves
2 cups frozen mango
2 Deglet Noir dates (or 1 medjol)
1 slice of lemon (with skin)
2 tbs ground flax
1/2 tsp probiotic powder
1 1/2 cups water (or coconut water)

Just put all ingredients into a blender and blend till smooth.
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PEAR AND LETTUCE SMOOTHIE

PEAR AND LETTUCE SMOOTHIE

There has never been a better time to eat a plant based diet. According to latest research, correlated by the fabulous Dr. Greger, it can help prevent, treat or even reverse the leading causes of death. It will not prevent you from a freak accident but all the other causes may just be in your plant strong hands. Check the bellow talk by Dr. Greger and all of his other brilliant videos on his website.

http://nutritionfacts.org/video/uprooting-the-leading-causes-of-death/

Wouldn’t it be great if we could slash our chances of getting heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s or kidney failure? Especially in the light of today’s articles about chemotherapy, we need more prevention rather than treatment. According to new research chemotherapy seems to undermine itself making tumour cells treatment resistant. The BBC article noted that: “ around 90% of patients with solid cancers, such as breast, prostate, lung and colon, that spread - metastatic disease - develop resistance to chemotherapy”. Wouldn’t it be better to slash our chances of ever being in need of such treatment?

The report on chemo maybe some scary stuff but not a huge surprise, the 2004 Australian study showed : “The overall contribution of curative and adjuvant cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival in adults was estimated to be 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in the USA.” See link below.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15630849

Nobody can guarantee plant based diet will definitely work in preventing cancer and other diseases but as far as research goes it is the best tool we have. And the only side effects are that you may just feel a whole lot better. Why not start with this great smoothie?

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PEAR AND LETTUCE SMOOTHIE

Makes 2 refreshing tall glasses

2 pears
half a cucumber
1 baby gem lettuce
100ml unsweetened almond milk
thick slice of lemon
slice of ginger
I Tbs ground flax seeds
cup of ice

  1. Put all your ingredients into your food processor. I don't bother with removing the core or stalks from my pears.
  2. Blend till smooth.
  3. Enjoy!
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MORE FRUIT AND VEG, Part one:Smoothies and Juices - BEETROOT AND SPRING GREEN SMOOTHIE

MORE FRUIT AND VEG
Part One: Smoothies and juices
BEETROOT AND SPRING GREEN SMOOTHIE

Sad sad numbers, only 1 in 5 people in UK get their 5-a-day! The latest polls have shown that here, in the UK, people are still not getting the recommended minimum. Have a look at the article that was published on BBC website today. It is a rather depressing read.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18032209

We all know that 5-a-day is not enough we should be getting closer or rather above 10. Daunting? I don’t thinks so. If you do little bit of planning ahead it is very easy. I find that a rough meal plan helps, being stocked up with great produce and having plenty of yummy recipes.

Making healthy juices and smoothies can easily become a daily routine. Juicing takes a while, so a bit more planning needs to be in place, getting up half an hour may seem a bit difficult for most people but it is well worth it. Juices are a fantastic way to start a day. They are refreshing, cleansing, wake you up and energise you for the day. Juicing removes the fibre but you do get all the minerals and vitamins. To make the best out of your juices add plenty of green veggies like kale, spinach, celery or cucumber.

Smoothies are much quicker, they can easily be a meal replacer, they do fill you up. I find them the easiest tool for getting kids eat (or rather drink) their fruit and veg. My daughter won’t touch pineapple, papaya, spring greens, avocado, cabbage.... but she will happily drink them in a smoothie. We always play: ”guess what’s in the smoothie today” game. Lots of great healthy things can be added to your smoothie: linseeds, macca powder, goji berries, hemp seeds, nut milks....You can easily get your 5-a-day in a large glass of smoothie.

In my opinion you should drink your juice or smoothie as soon as you make them ( I am talking within 15 min) as they do start loosing their vitamins rather quickly due to oxidasation. There are different opinions whether to keep juices or smoothies, but form my experience they always taste and look their best when made fresh. If you do want to keep any for later, fill up a glass jar all the way to the top and secure with a lid, the least contact with the air the better.

Here is the smoothie I made today for my midday snack:


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BEETROOT AND SPRING GREEN SMOOTHIE

If you don’t have a high speed blender you may have to chop the beetroot and orange into smaller pieces. The flavour the macca root gives this smoothie reminds me of vanilla. You could think you are having a dessert.

Makes 2 large smoothies

ingredients
1 small raw beetroot
couple handfuls of spring greens (collards)
2 handfuls of red grapes
1 orange
1 cup of coconut water (or plain water)
1 Tbs ground flax seeds
1 tsp macca root powder (optional)
1 small piece of ginger (about 0.5cm slice)
handful of ice cubes

method
  1. First scrub the beetroot clean and cut of the root end. You can peel it, I kept the skin on.
  2. Remove the hard stems of the spring greens, and tear them into pieces. I had 2 massive leaves.
  3. Peel the orange but keep the white pith on. I use a swivel peeler to do this, only works on fresh oranges.
  4. Put all your ingredients into your blender and process until smooth.
  5. Add more water if the smoothie is too thick.

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