Packed Green Smoothie

I now have several kale plants growing in our garden at home, and they are so easy to maintain. I recommend that everyone grow their own veggies at home if they have the space.

So what do I do with all the kale I have, I make a green smoothie, of course!

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Recipe

Packed Green Smoothie

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 Cucumber

1 Avocado

Large handful of kale*

2 Kiwifruits

1 nectarine or peach**

1 banana

2 tsps. honey

Coconut water or water

Ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Chop up all your fruit and veggies (they don’t have to be perfect) and chuck them in the blender, along with the honey and enough coconut water to cover all the fruit and veggies.
  2. Blitz it all together in your blender and add the ice cubes towards the end.

Notes:

*You can swap the kale for some spinach if you like

**The nectarine or peach can be substituted with an apple

Adapted from: pennyslittlelane.com/2014/09/19/green-smoothie/

P1010044The Lowdown:

What I love about smoothies is how quick they are to make. If you’re a bit rushed for time you could P1010043always whip up a smoothie and put it in a portable drink container, as they’re easy to have on the go.

This is a very refreshing drink that is great for after high-intensity exercise or just as a light snack to cool down in the hot summer months. It includes a combination of vegetables and fruits to make it a perfect high-energy drink for when you are feeling a little bit tired or just a bit down-in-the-dumps.

What’s more is it is a great way to eat your veggies without even tasting them; the fruits and honey add a nice touch of sweetness with the added benefit of extra energy from the honey. Whilst the cucumber and water make the smoothie more light and revitalizing, and the avocado is full of healthy fats. Don’t be fooled by the myths that avocados make you fat; they actually aid in weight loss because they are full of heaps of good fats that provide you with energy for day-to-day activities, essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E, and fats that are used for making cell membranes, brain tissue, nerve sheaths, bone marrow and protective layers that cushion the organs.

One word of caution though, if you are an athlete or just someone doing high-intensity exercise, this smoothie is not ideal to replace as a meal. If you wish to have a smoothie as a meal I recommend a yogurt and/or milk based one as this is much more balanced.

Tanisha xx

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References:

Sports Nutrition for Young Athletes

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