I know there are loads of debates about smoothies and how much sugar they contain. I agree that you should consume more vegetables than fruit. But, if you eat the whole fruit – either by actually eating it or blitzing it into a smoothie – then you get lots of fibre (both insoluble and soluble), vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The rise in diabetes isn’t due to people eating too much fruit in its whole, natural form; it’s eating too much refined sugar in sugary drinks and too many refined carbs that busts your pancreas.
Anyway, this smoothie is really zingy and my partner loved it, but my youngest struggled with it – she prefers something that contains banana/berries at its base.
I always put a cube of frozen spinach into my smoothies. Okay, not always, but mostly.
Anyway, for this one you need, for four small glasses:
About 20g frozen spinach (or fresh of course)
Half a thumb size of ginger – be careful, if it’s fresh and good it’ll be quite powerful. I used half a thumb size and it was a bit too much for the children, adults loved it though
The juice of one lime
Half a bunch of mint, you know those bunches you get in the supermarket that cost about 85p (rip off)
Half a small cucumber, washed, not peeled and cut into chunks
One medjool date to bump up the sweetness and fibre a bit but you can leave this out
Apple juice. I get mine from our local farmer’s market, it’s really good but if you can’t get really good apple juice then blend in an apple (not the pips) and some water
Put all the ingredients in a blender/Nutribullet and taste it: because lime sizes vary and the recipe isn’t precise, you may need to add that date, or a bit more apple juice or water or cucumber. The ginger and mint are strong tastes, the cucumber calms it all down, the apple juice adds liquid and sweetness.
i think this would be really good if you had a cold. I can still feel the zingy effects over an hour later.