A Week Of Breakfast Smoothies
I’ve always been a smoothies devotee and if you’ve been following my blog for a while this is something even you are aware of. How rude of me! Lol, this is the first time we are talking in 2018 and I am already shoving smoothies down your throat. Happy New Year and welcome back to my blog.
At the start of 2018, I made myself a promise to eat better for my health in general but specifically for my hair and skin and no this isn’t another New Year’s resolution post so please hold your horses. Smoothies have been my go-to healthy meal and snack option from the first day I discovered a blender. I never have time to eat or prepare my meals properly during the week because – anxiety is a B****! I am honestly one of those people that need 26 hours in a day. Sometimes I am way too busy to spare an hour to cook and when I do I feel so guilty for wasting time on eating when I am supposed to working hard for my future.
But because I know better, ( I’m writing this because my mum could be reading this, Hi Mum), I’ve come up with a solution that I know will work for me. A smoothie a day will keep me healthy and it will ensure I get all the nutrients a growing young adult needs.
Are Smoothies Healthy?
To each their own! I never thought I would ever hear myself saying this but there is way too much information on the internet! The reason why I chose the statement, “To each their own”, is because we are all different and our bodies are too and as a result, you need to find a system that works for you. Build a relationship with your body, listen to it and find a comfortable middle ground.
There’s plenty of controversy in the nutrition sphere about the health of smoothies—some researchers have said that too much fruit means too much sugar/ acid. These are valid points, but a smoothie can also be a healthy and appealing way of eating fruit and vegetables for individuals like myself who wouldn’t normally get a chance to have these throughout the day.
I know I have ulcers, I am lactose intolerant, I have tension headaches and I need my coffee and water. My body and I have come to the understanding that it needs fruits and vegetables every day of the week or it starts crashing. When my body starts acting up I can’t work as much as I would like to and it makes life extremely uncomfortable. Thus frozen fruits and vegetables have been my saving grace.
A Week Worth of Smoothie Recipes
Pull up a chair and let me serve you all the goodness that you’re here for. I’m so tempted not to tell you but this is supposed to be an introduction to a new series on the blog! I will be sharing a working week worth of easy recipes. I will be sharing 5 recipes every single Sunday Morning. Yes, I know today is not Sunday (smart ass).
Vibrant Carrot And Mango Smoothie
I know green smoothies are all the hype and it seems that’s the only way people are more comfortable adding vegetables to their smoothies. Well, you can add other vegetables other than kale and spinach. Carrots are chock full of nutrients such as vitamins A, C, K, E, beta-carotene, fiber, potassium, folate, manganese, and antioxidants, I mean seriously, what’s not to love? Carrots are a root vegetable and are available year-round.
The great thing about this smoothie is you get more than one superfood. You have chia seeds and pumpkin seeds
Chefs Tip: Grate or steam carrots first before adding them to a blender for a smooth and tastier carrot smoothie.
♥ 1 cup Carrots ♥ 1/3 cup Mango ♥ 1/3 cup Oranges
♥ 1/3 cup Pineapple ♥ 1TBS Chia seeds ♥ 1 TBS Pumpkin Seeds
♥ 1 cup Orange Juice
Not Just Another Green Smoothie
Before you embark on your broccoli smoothies journey you need to have all the confidence in your blender’s blending abilities. Broccoli is a great source of vitamins A (as beta-carotene) and C and is also a good source of folate.
Adding fruits such as mango and pineapple to you delicious green smoothie highlights the tropical sweet flavour of pineapple while hiding the taste of mineral-rich broccoli. Have fun with your fruits and vegetables.
Chefs Tip: Use either steamed or frozen broccoli for a more palatable taste.
♥ 1 cup spinach ♥ 1/3 cup pineapple ♥ 1/3 cup broccoli
♥ 1/3 cup banana ♥ 1/3 cup mango ♥ 1 cup Almond Milk
Hidden Broccoli Berry Smoothie
Let’s get something straight, you don’t need fairy dust, the blood of Jesus and the tears of a virgin to make a delicious yet healthy smoothie. Choose the right ingredients, switch it up constantly and you will still get what your body needs.
Blueberries are a very good source of vitamin K, vitamin C and manganese as well as a good source of fiber and copper.
♥ 1 cup Broccoli ♥ 1/3 cup Strawberries ♥ 1/3 cup Blueberries
♥ 1/3 cup Berry Juice
Not So Humble Kale Smoothie
I know I could have come up with a better name for this one!! I might need help in the naming category. They don’t call kale a superfood for anything folks. It is low in Saturated Fat and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.
♥ 1 cup Kale ♥ 1/3 cup pineapple ♥ 1/3 cup Strawberries
♥ 1/3 cup Blueberries ♥ 1/3 cup Pineapple Juice
That Green Equipment
I just remembered why I enjoy blogging so much. I crack myself up all the time. I took green to a whole NEW level. Every single ingredient in this smoothie holds it’s own in the nutrition arena.
♥ 1 cup Kale ♥ 1/3 cup Pineapple ♥ 1/3 cup Apple (Golden Delicious)
♥ 1/3 cup Banana ♥ 1/3 cup Green Tea
This is the end of the road Folks. 5 easy to make, relatively affordable smoothie recipes. Go out there and Rock. If you’re wondering why I didn’t use milk or yoghurt in any of my recipes it’s because my tummy’s been fighting with dairy products and we are currently in the negotiation and arbitration stages.
So until we all come to an understanding I am staying away from as much dairy as I can to keep myself sane. feel free to experiment ad make these recipes your own. Until next week enjoy Your Week of Smoothies