Hooray for green smoothies, they instantly give you a smug, feel-good-health satisfaction, taste great and look pretty in your photos 🙂
The Higgs household is always on a bit of a health kick (often following some serious over-indulgement on the booze front), so it was only a matter of time before we went mad for these super-charged beauties. My first green smoothie was when working in New York with The Future Laboratory at the incredible Hotel Americano. I was hooked, but if New York is a little too far to pop for a morning fix, they are super easy to make yourself.
A simple, flex-as-you-like green smoothie recipe
thumb of ginger (sliced)
1 teaspoon of spirulina
cup of soya milk (or coconut water)
1/2 cup water
teaspoon chia and flax seeds (for sprinkling on top)
Bung it all in your blender and ta da… you can flex this recipe to your taste (and what you have to hand), we like our smoothies quite thick so add more liquid and re-blend if it’s too thick for you.
Why is it worth pimping your smoothie?
There are loads of add ons you could indulge in, but these are my favourites: Chia and flax seeds have 3x more omega 3 than a piece of salmon, 4x more calcium than milk, 2.5x more fibre than oats and the same protein as an egg!
While spirulina, which is a blue-green algae, not seaweed like I always thought has 10x more beta carotene than carrots, 30x more iron than spinach and 4x more protein than eggs. Kapow!
Blitz using frozen berries or spinach instead of fresh – you get all the goodness, plus it means you don’t have to rely on having a Whole Foods’esque array of fruit and vegetables to hand. It also gives it a tasty chilled effect.
Give them to the kids
Smoothies are an amazing way to get all the fruit and veg goodness into your kids diet, especially if they’re fussy, they love them, although I cannot promise this is not without mess!
While you’ve got the chia and flax seeds you can sprinkle them on cereal or porridge in the morning to give them a boost too, it’s a great way to get protein into them if you’re not giving them lots of meat.