This is the first recipe post i've done on the blog. Hooray! I thought I'd start off with a simple one, and share with you my go to smoothie that i make not only for myself, but for Percy when he's being a fuss pot or when I want to get some extra goodness into him. It's also a great breakfast idea for the days where you are time poor. You can prepare it the night before and refrigerate, or have portions of ingredients pre prepared and stored in the freezer to then throw in the blender and whizz up before you run out the door.
This smoothie has the goodness of greens which are full of vitamin C and A, great for up keeping our immune system, as well as Vitamin Bs which are useful for energy production. It's also full of awesome fat (omegas) which we need for brain and heart health, and to help up absorb other nutrients. It's going to make you feel full too.
Fat is basically the beez neez.
So here is my recipe I hope you enjoy it:
1 cup of coconut water
1 cup of coconut milk
1 cup of shredded kale, stalks removed
1/4 of a cucumber, chopped up
1/2 a frozen banana*
2 teaspoons of soaked chia seeds (add seeds to the same volume of water and let it set for 20 minutes)
2 tablespoons of plain greek yoghurt (i like the farmer's union one- no added sugar, just milk and cultures)
1/4 to 1/2 a ripe avocado depending on how thick you like your smoothie
I blend these ingredients together and pour out a cup for Percy before adding one or some of the following to the blender:
1/2 a cup of Walnuts
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of almond butter
These are all great for an extra whack of fat and will really fill you up. You could also add your favourite protein powder if you're trying to up your intake. I prefer my clients to use a vegan protein powder. Whey powder is just not great for your gut and can produce inflammation in the body as well as raise insulin.
Blend all the ingredients together in a blender until smooth, pour into a cup and enjoy!
*you can leave this out or reduce the amount if you are focusing on lowering your insulin levels or if you find the smoothie too sweet. While I don't subscribe to the notion that sugars from fruit are "bad" for us (they're naturally occurring) there are instances where you might need to be mindful of your intake. Having said that, a small piece of banana in a smoothie where the fibre is included isn't going to spike your insulin too much.