Colourful Fruit And Vegetable Smoothies

3 Smoothie Recipes To Make You Look Good and Feel Good

Hooray, the sun has got his hat on at last! Now that we’ve finally seen some sunshine you’ll most likely be relishing ice-creams and short shorts. As for us, we can’t think of many better ways to cool down than with a cold refreshing smoothie. Especially one of those super healthy concoctions that promise better skin, higher energy levels and trimmer waistlines.

Plus there are so many great smoothie makers around these days with convenient travel bottles and high-speed settings. Getting a smoothie fix is easier than ever before! We’ve been passing lots of tried and tested smoothie recipes around our office, but we’ve narrowed them down to just three of our personal favourites for you to enjoy.

Super Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe for Skin

For glowing skin, shiny hair, stronger nails and all round better health, green smoothies tick all the boxes. We think this particular recipe is the perfect balance between nutritious and delicious!

Kiwi And Apple Smoothie
Recipe:

  • Small handful of spinach
  • ½ apple
  • ½ banana
  • 1 kiwi fruit
  • 50 ml coconut water

Why It Works:

Apples contain vitamin C which helps your skin heal, copper which helps protect it from the sun and Vitamin A which helps skin develop.

Spinach is rich in vitamin K which clears your complexion and antioxidants which keep your skin looking young.

Bananas are full of potassium which moisturises and hydrates your skin.

Kiwis are a source of vitamin E which keeps skin youthful and healthy.

Coconut water hydrates your skin leaving your complexion glowing!

Fruity Smoothie Recipe for Weight Loss

All the lovely fruits and veggies in smoothies make them full of healthy vitamins and fibre. But smoothies with lots of milk or sweeteners like maple syrup or honey may not be ideal for slimming the waistline. If you’re going for a honed beach summer body this year, try this filling yet slimming recipe, which you can prepare the night before and enjoy for breakfast.

Healthy Blueberry Fruity Smoothie
Recipe:

  • Small pot of natural low-fat Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • Handful of blueberries
  • Handful of pineapple chunks
  • Handful of kale
  • 150ml coconut water

Why It Works:

Yoghurt is full of calcium and protein and will make your smoothie creamy without adding a whole load of fat and calories.

Almond butter contains calcium and fibre which help encourage weight loss and will keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer.

Blueberries are a low-calorie fruit and are chock full of antioxidants and vitamins.

Pineapples are a source of bromelain, an enzyme which aids digestion.

Kale has an impressive array of nutritional benefits, despite being low in calories and contains fibre essential for the digestive system.

Tropical Smoothie Recipe for Energy

Sun can zap energy and make you lethargic and really hot weather can make sleeping difficult too. This is a great smoothie for drinking early in the day when it’s just too muggy to stomach a morning coffee. It’ll give you a boost at breakfast time and keep you going throughout the day.

Orange And Mango Smoothie
Recipe:

  • 150ml almond milk
  • 1 large mandarin orange (remember to remove the seeds!)
  • Handful of mango chunks
  • ½ banana
  • 1tbsp natural almond butter
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Dash of chilli powder if you need an extra alertness kick!

Why It Works:

Almonds have all sorts of energy-enriching vitamins and minerals, including magnesium which helps you move about for longer without getting tired.

Mangos contain Vitamin B which boosts your energy levels.

Oranges like most fruit and veg release their nutrients gradually, giving you energy for longer.

Bananas are full of natural sugars and carbs which keep you full and alert.

Our Smoothie Making Tips

Banana Smoothie With Straw
Chop fruit all in one go, measure out portions and freeze. Just whizz in the smoothie maker with the liquids for a lovely cold, easy smoothie as and when required.

 

Cucumber Smoothie With Straw
Add some herbs and spices that complement the ingredients in your smoothie to enhance the flavour. Vanilla, mint and cinnamon are our office favourites. You may even like to add a pinch of natural high-quality salt.

 

Grape Smoothie With Straw
Balance sweet and savoury flavours with a mix of fruit and vegetables.

 

Peach Smoothie With Straw
A good blender with stronger faster speed settings will let you blend harder ingredients like ice and will give your smoothie a smooth creamy texture.

 

Strawberry Smoothie With Straw
Don’t blend all at once! Add ingredients in stages and don’t over blend or your smoothie will become frothy.

 

If you find your blender is leaving your smoothies chunky we can recommend a cure – you may need to replace your blender blades. You’ve heard you should never mix your drinks, but when it comes to smoothies mixing is a must! No one should be cursed with a lumpy beverage, so keep your blender in tip top condition and mix to your heart’s content.


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