Smoothies are a fantastic way to get plenty of vital nutrients, vitamins and macrobiotics into your daily diet without expense, mess or fuss. Many ready-made smoothies on the market tend to be high in sugar and don’t contain a diverse range of fresh, potent ingredients – so it’s best to make them from scratch at home. Fortunately frozen fruit and powdered protein blends make creating nourishing, goodness-filled smoothies at home quick and easy. Here we share our favourite four – so all you’ll need are a few basic ingredients and a blender to get started.
The star of this smoothie is the brilliant blueberry – packed with nutritional benefits that can promote a healthier lifestyle and support regular physical activity. They’re high in fibre, vitamins B and C, antioxidants and potassium, which can support heart health. Frozen fruits impart a thick and creamy texture. Simply throw all the ingredients in, blend and enjoy!
½ cup frozen blueberries
¼ cup blackberries
1 cup thick, full-fat Greek yoghurt
½ cup milk (whole milk, or plant-based – almond or soy works well)
Mean, green and lean
Hailed as one of the most powerful blends out there, the green smoothie arguably offers one of the easiest ways to pack a plethora of potent vitamins and minerals in just one glass. This version features a blend of vegetables, fruits and powders for maximum nutrition. Avocado adds creaminess and a soft, smooth texture – whilst also providing a healthy hit of good fats.
1 ripe avocado
2 cups fresh kale/baby kale
1 ripe or over-ripe banana, fresh
1 cup full-fat natural Greek yoghurt
1 cup of egg whites
Maple syrup/Agave/Honey to taste (optional)
Red or dead
This vibrant, velvety-red smoothie is brimming with anti-oxidant goodness. Unconventional additions such as coconut oil and beetroot add a welcome boost of energy and macronutrients. Dates bring fibre and a hit of energy for a smoothie that’s perfect pre- or post-workout.
1 medium beetroot, peeled and cubed
2 cups of fresh/frozen strawberries
¼ cup extra virgin coconut oil, melted
¼ cup of unsweetened almond milk
3 large pitted dates
1 cup diced apple slices
Banana is well known as a fantastic morning energy booster. High in potassium, magnesium, iron, niacin and vitamin B6, they provide a comprehensive range of macronutrients to support bodily functions pre-workout and throughout the day. Meanwhile the rich, creamy almond butter in this recipe provides a healthy hit of protein and unsaturated fats.
1 medium/large banana (can be fresh or frozen for a creamier, thicker texture)
1 heaped spoonful of raw almond butter (or peanut butter if you prefer)
2 spoonfuls of golden flaxseed
½ cup unsweetened almond milk, or regular milk
Honey, Agave or Maple syrup to taste (optional)