This year why not start St. Patrick's Day off the healthy way with a yummy green smoothie for breakfast? There are so many benefits of drinking a green smoothie first thing; the obvious one is how it significantly increases your consumption of raw vegetables and fruits. It also makes this job really easy, as you just throw everything into a blender, add your liquid and in less than two minutes you have your smoothie.
As well as the benefits of eating 3-4 servings of fruits and vegetables before 10am, these smoothies are amazing at boosting your daily nutrition. One smoothie, depending on what you add is only about 200-400 calories per serving – this means you get a whole lot of nutrition for very little calories.
Another thing I love is that the possibilities are endless when making smoothies, you can experiment and add different leafy greens, different fruits and different liquids all which will give different flavours so you'll never get bored. If you are new to smoothies, it may seem weird blending fruits and vegetables together for breakfast, but as soon as you get started you'll become addicted!
Here is a recipe for one of my favourites – and as always, it gets tested on my seven year old son, Lennon – so when he empties the glass then I know I'm on to a winner. If there are any of the ingredients you don't like the taste of feel free to replace with something else, just keep trying different things until you get the taste you love. You can use any blender for this recipe as there are no really hard to blend ingredients – I have the fab NutriNinja which is pretty powerful and can blend nuts and even carrots, easily and smoothly. Definitely worth buying if you think you would like to make smoothies a regular part of your dietary routine.
2 handfuls of spinach
1 handful of strawberries
juice of 1/2 lime
1 tbsp flaxseeds
1 tbsp chai seeds
Add all ingredients to blender, blend for two minutes and enjoy! You can add more coconut water to get the desired consistency.
If you like your smoothie ice cold you can freeze your strawberries and bananas – I always buy extra fresh ingredients so freezing works well as it keeps them fresher for longer. If you don't freeze the fruits then you can add a few ice-cubes before blending.