Hi and happy Friday.
Hope you’ve all had a good week, it’s certainly been a quick one because of the bank holiday weekend.
My lovely friend Steph from The Vintage Dove suggested last week that I share with you some of my recipes now that I’m trying to be mega healthy!
Let me share a secret (or not so much if you know me) being naturally healthy is not something I find easy at all. There is so much ‘healthy stuff’ that I don’t like and so it’s a bit of an uphill struggle at times. I’m talking about a lot of basic salad staples like raw tomatoes, cucumber, rocket and the like. I can do most salad leaves but I have to have some kind of dressing to enjoy them. I’m not a huge fish fan and I’m not keen on a lot of vegetables, especially green ones. I even struggle with avocado which I really want to get into as it is full of amazingly good fats for your body.
Thankfully these days we have access to a lot of imaginative ideas from some very creative people such as Kezia at supernaturallyhealthy.org (I know I keep going on about her but she really is very helpful for me as a point of reference and inspiration, and no I’m not being paid to say that). There is also Deliciously Ella who is more commonly known as she has been around longer and more recently I have been introduced to Livia’s Kitchen. They are all women who have had to dramatically change the way they eat because of food intolerances etc.
So today I’ve decided to share a simple recipe that is making a big difference to me and also something I didn’t think would ever be part of my daily routine, especially as I’ve already told you about my struggle with most things green!
The Green Smoothie
No one is new to the idea of smoothies these days even if it’s not become a part of your life (yet). I started having smoothies about a year and a half ago when my lovely Mum gave me some birthday money towards a Nutribullet. Mr H and myself got right into them, but green was very rarely on my ingredients list until in the end the only kind of smoothie I was having was banana, strawberries, sometimes blueberries some almond milk (the sweetened one) and oats to bulk it out a bit. They were very nice and much healthier than a lot of breakfast options I was choosing, but they weren’t packed full of goodness.
This one is quite different
A large handful of fresh spinach (or Frozen)
Small handful of kale
1/2 – 1 banana (depending on size)
A large spoonful of peanut butter (yes large)!
1 – 2 medjool dates (depending how sweet you like it)
1 – 2 small spoons of linseeds or chia seeds
1/4 tsp spirulina powder (not more or it will taste like pond scum)
1/2 tsp vanilla powder
Almond milk and water in equal parts
Now I’m not sure what your reaction to that little concoction was, but I can tell you that a few months ago mine would have been disgust and now I can honestly say that I love them. If I don’t have one for breakfast I usually end up having one for lunch or as a snack during the day. The banana and dates make it lovely and sweet and I love vanilla which helps to mask the unusual flavour of the spirulina which really is from ponds, and lakes and rivers, hence it’s commonly used name, pond scum! It is however loaded with protein, antioxidants and nutrients.
Without getting all sciency I just want to mention that linseeds and chia seeds are packed full of goodness too. Both are good for digestion, contain omega 3 and are good for your hearts health. Linseeds are also a good source of wheat and gluten free fibre.
If you can get beyond the fact that it is so green and to be fair, if I can you can, I’d be genuinely surprised if you didn’t like it. Having said that everyone has different tastes and I know a lot of people don’t like banana but you don’t have to follow this recipe exactly, just leave out what you don’t like and add what you do, it’s a bit experimental. I chop and change mine depending on my mood and what is in the fridge or freezer. This week I’ve added kiwi a couple of times which was ok but I prefer without and I’ve added frozen cherries a couple of times. Also if your into chocolate or coffee or both, you can add coffee or cocoa which gives it a nice twist. All of this smoothie inspiration has come from Kezia not myself.
That’s probably not the kind of recipe you were expecting Steph but I wanted to start there as
- It was one of the first things I started doing and I feel so much better for having them
- I have made some truly dreadful concoctions in my pursuit of health, but I have also had a few successes so I will start to share some more over the coming weeks
One other thing I was going to mention was Kefir (pronounced ka – fear) which I know is becoming very popular at the moment and I am also adding to my smoothies as the benefits for your gut health are immense. It’s basically a probiotic, but unlike anything we have been used to such as Actimel and similar. This is pure, you can make it at home and it has about 50 x more strains of good bacteria. Again I’m not going to go into it too much as it’s at least a whole post in it’s own right.
I would be very interested to hear your thoughts about todays blog and if you have any good smoothie recipes or know of other good supplements.
Have a wonderful weekend.