Smoothie No.1 – Kale, Strawberry, Avocado & Almond
So for ages I’ve been planning on putting recipes, playlists and all sorts on here. Let’s be honest… frankly I’m pretty crap at updating my website but the reason is that I’ve been in the midst of redesigning for so long that I feel I don’t want to update it all that much till it’s done! But new moons have been and gone and I’m still not done so I’m just going to crack on with uploading all manner of new things anyway! So here’s my first recipe… I had this today for breakfast. Smoothies play a massive role in my diet as being a teacher and massage therapist, and moving around from place to place a lot, I often find it quite difficult to make time to eat ‘proper’ lunches and breakfasts. If I eat too much then I’m uncomfortable to practice, teach or do massage, and if I don’t eat enough then I don’t have the energy! I also have quite a particular diet – no sugar, no wheat, no gluten, no dairy, no grains, no legumes (for those in the know, yes I’m paleo, but I won’t go into all the reasons why in this post…it’s health-related and connected to a condition that I have, the long and short of it is that being paleo just works for me). Being paleo means that grabbing snacks on the go is not always easy, so I need to be organised. That means I make homemade healthy snacks and smoothies to drink between classes and clients, things that are healthy, full of nutrients, fuel me well and provide nutrients. Food is fuel people! So all that said, here’s what I made this morning for my breakfast.
I use a Nutri Ninja and I’d have it no other way (I’ll give a full reason why in the near future!) and this will make you a full 18oz cup. You can obviously vary the amounts of the ingredients, I’m not an advocate of measuring, just go with your gut (excuse the pun…) and modify if you need to! And mostly, don’t rush the drinking and enjoy it!
Note – I freeze many of my ingredients in portions so I’m good to go at high speed. Plus using frozen ingredients allows you to buy bigger amounts of ingredients without worrying about it going bad or losing nutrients. On top of that it also keeps the smoothie cooler for longer, which is useful if you don’t intend to drink it straight away. But don’t worry, you can use all the ingredients unfrozen, this is purely down to preference and your own routine.
- Frozen Kale – large handful
- Frozen Banana – whole
- Frozen Strawberries – 6 big ones!
- Avocado – I recently found tiny baby avocados so I use a whole one of those, but if you have a standard avocado then half is ideal
- Almond Butter – generous spoonful (my favourite is by Pip & Nut)
- Maca Root Powder – 1tsp
- Flaxseeds – sprinkle (also known as linseed!)
- Green Powder – 1tsp (I use, without fail, Supergreens by Nua Naturals)
- Bee Pollen – sprinkle, probably around half a teaspoon
- Maple Water – if you don’t have this then coconut water is a good substitute, or just water if you don’t have either! A good few glugs should do the job but you can vary this as you blend dependant on how you like the texture to be
- Put it all in the cup
- Attach to blender
But in all seriousness, for the best and smoothest blend you should pulse it for 3-5 seconds a good 5 times and then hold it down for around 20-40 seconds. This is my tried and tested method and always gives me the smoothest smoothie!
Happy healthy vibes swinging your way!