As you’ll know by now, I’m a big fan of juices and smoothies and my recent post on how to make the perfect green smoothie was loved and commented on by many. But I’m actually going to mix it up today by giving you a recipe for a mixed veg and fruit smoothie, just to get your taste buds going! Smoothies can actually be a mix of veg, greens and fruit – it’s really up to your taste buds but if you are new to green smoothies, I suggest you stick with the 60/40 rule; 60% fruit to 40% greens. Then, when your tastebuds are more accustomed, you can start to branch out. What you don’t want to do though, is use things like broccoli and cabbage in a smoothie. That would be vile! Reserve the harsher tasting veg for juices only.
If you’re not yet converted on green smoothies, then let me give you a few compelling reasons why they rock!
1. By blending greens and fruit, it makes it a whole lot easier and quicker to consume a handful of spinach, kale, chard, lettuce or whatever your green fix is.
2. Greens are extremely alkalising and help to balance the body’s pH.
3. They are a super quick way to flood the body with much needed vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants.
4. You can add all sorts of superhero superfoods from chlorella to spirulina to maca to bee pollen.
5. By drinking green smoothies, you feel more energised as a result of drinking fresh living produce.
6. Regular consumption can assist in weight loss.
7. Breaking down the cellular walls of the fruit and veg in the blender, lessens the load on the body’s digestion meaning your energy can be used elsewhere to heal and repair.
8. Green leafy veg and other vegetables have an anti-inflammatory effect, helping to reduce pain and inflammation in joints and on a cellular level within the body.
9. You can carry them with you in a jam jar (like I do when I’m on the move) which is much easier then scoffing down a salad when you’re short on time. Warning: you may receive some odd stares on the tube, on the bus and in shops, like I often do, but it always makes for interesting conversation AND gives you an opportunity to spread the green smoothie love worldwide!
10. Green foods are packed full of oxygen which helps to oxygenate the blood and helps to prevent disease.
In today’s recipe, I decided to mix it up a little and use some veggies in the form of carrots. It still tasted sweet and was very enjoyable so I hope you try it as I’d love to hear what you think.
- 1 cup water or coconut water
- 1 large handful spinach, romaine lettuce, kale or chard
- 1 apple
- 1 pear
- 1 inch lemon, peeled
- Combine all in a high-speed blender and whizz until smooth.
If you need it a bit sweeter, add a drop of calorie-free stevia.