An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Or so they say! I, however, say a smoothie a day keeps the doctor far far away. Smoothies have become a big part of my daily routine ever since I got my Nutribullet, and somehow my day doesn’t feel right without one, even its just a small one as a snack. They are so easy to make, so healthy and so beneficial. Before I got my Nutribullet, the only way I would eat spinach was if it was on my plate at a restaurant and it was creamed. I also thought kale fell from the sky during a storm. But anyway, lets not harp on that. Now that I incorporate either spinach or kale in my daily smoothie, I have noticed my nails are a lot stronger and my hair seems to have grown quite a bit too. And, my skin looks a lot more healthier too!
I make this smoothie as a mid-morning or afternoon snack when a little boost is needed and to get my greens in for the day.
1 Granny Smith apple, cut up
handful of spinach
a few pieces of cucumber
1/2 cup of frozen berries
Throw all your ingredients into your blender and whizz it up! Drink up 🙂
Making a perfect smoothie is super easy, but can somehow be a little bit scary if you not sure what to add and its your first time experimenting. Here are a few basic tips/guidelines that I have learnt:
♥ Start off using spinach as a base for your smoothie. Just a handful is enough and you won’t taste it at all if you add enough fruit ingredients. Once you get used to the “green flavour” you can then start adding some kale to your smoothie.
♥ Frozen berries make for yummier smoothies. I say this because firstly, they are frozen so they add a slushy texture to the smoothie and you don’t have to add ice. Secondly, they are somehow more flavourful than fresh berries. I also found that fresh berries go funny within two days and I had a lot of wastage, whereas frozen berries are always fresh in the freezer!
♥ You can also freeze your banana and add frozen banana to the smoothie! It makes the texture creamier and slushy as well.
♥ If you don’t like the taste of your smoothie, add another banana and there will be instant sweetness. I sometimes put two bananas in my smoothies as I love the taste of banana so much.
♥ To get the most out of your smoothie, add either oats or psyllium husk to bulk it up. They are both full of fibre and so beneficial to your bodies health.
♥ Chia Seeds is also a perfect addition to your smoothie and are so healthy as they are a superfood! They are full of fibre, protein and antioxidants, and they are said to be the healthiest little things you can put into your body! Adding a spoonful of them will not affect the taste of your smoothie as they have no taste!
♥ Add another vegetable, such as a few pieces of cucumber. Cucumber is made up of 95% water. They help fight inflammation in the body and they are high in antioxidant properties. And they help fight stress as they contain multiple B vitamins.
♥ Granny Smith apple’s are said to be the healthiest of all the apple’s. They are naturally low in calories and are therefore great for weight loss. They are high in fibre and antioxidants and they help regulate blood sugar levels.
♥ Instead of adding water, you can add some coconut water. Coconut water is full of calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium.
♥ Lastly, never judge a smoothie by its colour!