Seriously, like we need another picture of a green smoothie. But, nevertheless, here is mine.
But I wanted to share this because I think it’s so nice, it’s healthy but it’s not so scary that it alienates perfectly ordinary people, like me and you. I absolutely love it and will either have it first thing (after my mad Italian woman habit of lemon and psyllium husks in hot water), or after I’ve had a ‘proper’ breakfast and at about 11am. Depending on what time I have it I will vary the ingredients. I don’t add spinach if it’s too early because WTF am I turning into? But. My big discovery is frozen spinach. The one you get chopped up in ‘pods’. This way you don’t have bags of fresh spinach going off in the salad drawer (yuk) mocking you; it’s always fresh, and adds a nice cold element to the smoothie.
There are three key ingredients, to my mind, to make this smoothie really nice and friendly. And those are the almond butter, the cinnamon (who would have thought I’d become obsessed with cinnamon?) and the dates which must be those lovely expensive medjool dates. I buy mine from the market and £3 worth last me, easily, all week. I would probably also add banana as a must have. Remember that if you don’t fancy a whole banana, you can freeze it, chopped up in pieces, in a box in the freezer to add to subsequent smoothies.
So this is my basic smoothie:
One and a half medjool dates, two if you like
One banana, nice and ripe if possible
One teaspoon of cinnamon – don’t skimp on this
A big old tablespoon of almond butter
Handful of blueberries
200ml or so of almond milk or milk of your choice. I fill it up to the ‘max’ on my Nutribullet container. If you like a thicker smoothie add less, if you like it runnier add more etc.
You can blend it up now for a minute or so until smooth. But, if you want to ramp up the nutrient content you can add any, or all, of the following.
quarter of a teaspoon of spirulina
half a tablespoon of linseeds
big pinch of hemp seeds
1-2 tablespoons of oat flakes
some kefir if you culture it – I add two tablespoons
a pod of frozen spinach
The spirulina makes everything go really green. Don’t be scared. And you don’t have to add it if you don’t want to.
Just remember to blend until really smooth. I do it for about 30-45 seconds in my Nutribullet.
This fills you up for, ooh, maybe 30 minutes. Seriously it doesn’t fill me up for long in that ‘full up’ way. But I do feel REALLY good after drinking it. Until I pollute my body with a cappuccino. Sssh.