Green smoothies. Oh how I love you!
I’m off on a bit of a luxury holiday next week. The kind where you graze on delicious local produce, have a few glasses of wine on a balcony, over looking peace, serenity, bliss (yep, I’m a health coach and I drink wine. And I enjoy a glass here and there). The kind of holiday where I will enjoy a day spa and no doubt a gorgeous resort pool.
I could be describing anywhere really, yet I’m talking about a place close to home (well, currently half of the way home!)..the Margaret River in Perth, Australia.
To get ready for such a gorgeous holiday I’ve been gently detoxing. My idea of a gentle detox- this time around- has involved a week of green smoothies and no gluten (note: I don’t personally eat dairy as it doesn’t agree with my body. If I did I would give this a break too). I’ve got about 20 posts on detox ready to bring to life. Watch. This. Space.
There is a certain magic in my green smoothie which I had to share with you: Wheatgrass. I will be the first to admit that I have tried many green powders because I love all the minerals, vitamins and antioxidants hidden in a tiny spoonful. But many I find really really bland.
Don’t get me wrong. I have tried. Really hard. I’ve tried to hide other powders with bananas, berries, dates…you name it, I have done it. But I just can’t seem to enjoy any of them. Spirulina especially.
Yet I wanted to find a good green powder which children and adults would both love. So I curiously tried wheatgrass. And love it!
Benefits of wheatgrass:
// Healthy skin. Wheatgrass powder is high in Vitamin A, antioxidants and is a good source of essential fatty acids.
// Strengthens the immune system. Wheatgrass contains Vitamin A which is an important nutrient for the immune system.
// Weight loss. Wheatgrass powder helps control weight by reducing the feeling of hunger and increasing fullness.
// Boosts energy. Wheatgrass powder is packed with vitamins, including energy-metabolising manganese , which helps to support energy levels in the body.
// High in fibre, making it a fabulous addition to juices, which lack fibre.
Recipe: My favourite Green Smoothie
This is delicious, filling and so quick to make. I have a little box with the ingredients chopped up, ready to throw into the blender in the morning.
1 handful of baby spinach
1/4 lebanese cucumber, chopped
1/4 small banana or 1/2 apple, chopped
1 cup water, coconut water or almond milk
2 tablespoons protein powder (preferably organic pea protein and sugar free)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon almond butter
1 teaspoon wheatgrass powder (optional)
Put all of the ingredients into your blender. Blitz until smooth and creamy. If you like your smoothies icy cold, add a few ice cubes. Adjust the liquid to suit the consistency you prefer. Enjoy! Makes 1 smoothie (approximately 300 ml).
What are your favourite green smoothies? Let me know by commenting below in the comments. I’d also love to know what green smoothies your children enjoy.