Smoothies have become quite the fad recently. They are sold as a tasty healthy boost, but I’ve been learning that the average smoothie sold in juice bars and the like, are not as healthy as we might think.
The main reason being that most smoothie recipes contain a very high amount of sugar, from fruit juices, fruit and often added sugars and sweeteners. Because smoothies are blended, it means that a way bigger portion of fruit than you would normally eat in one go, is eaten all at once, resulting in a massive spike in your blood sugar levels. In this article, Kimberly Snyder gives us more information on good vs bad in the smoothie camp.
Smoothies can be a really good source of nutrients and energy, though, and I’ve been hunting down the best recipe. In fact, nutrition experts say that they can be one of the best sources of nutrients because they are made from raw ingredients. The healthiest smoothies are made from a combination of greens (spinach, kale, spirulina), healthy fats (coconut oil, avocado), fibre, and fruit.
I have dubbed the following smoothie ‘The Hulk’, due to it’s colour and high-energy effect. It’s SO simple to make and you can make it in large quantities and freeze in portions. Then all you need to do is take a portion out the night before. It’s a great way to start off the day with the nutrients your body needs to kick-start it into action.
Here it is (makes two smoothies):
1 cup cold water
2 handfuls spinach
1 handful bluebberries
1 tbps coconut oil
1 tbsp chia seeds (chia seeds are one of the best superfoods you can include in your diet, here‘s some info on their benefits)
I hope you enjoy ‘The Hulk’ as much as I do…