Tuesday, 29 April 2014

A Smoothie a Day Keeps The Doctor Away

This is such a simple smoothie but it packs a serious punch! Admittedly I don't have the best immune system and I'm prone to colds and flu most winters. So when the boyfriend came down with a bad cold, a rare occurrence, I was pretty sure I was bound to be shot down next. In what I thought would be a fruitless preemptive attack, I tried to boost our intake of vitamins by throwing together this smoothie. 

Amazingly, it worked! The early signs of contagion I have felt were literally, yes LITERALLY, diminished the day after I skulled a bullet full of this stuff. Now, that said, although I made my boyfriend drink his share, it, as expected, did not cure his cold. However, he reported that his symptoms did not worse AND he actually didn't mind the taste of the smoothie. (The boyfriend was not crazy about being pulled onto my smoothie bandwagon at the beginning)

So no, this smoothie would be the miracle cure to all your aches and pains, but it will help to keep you from contacting all the yucky bugs lurking around this winter. I drank this daily and remained sickness free whilst looking after him and whilst working in a badly ventilated office, a breeding ground for contagions. 

What you need:
- Half a sliced banana
- 3 tablespoons blueberries 
- 2 tablespoons raspberries
- 1 heaped tablespoon Greek yogurt 
- Handful of kale
- Handful of spinach
- Coconut water

I used a magic bullet, but really any blender will do.

What to do: 
1. Throw the banana, blueberries, raspberries, yogurt, spinach and kale into the blender. 
(TIP: preferably in that order as these heavier items will help push the kale and spinach into the blender blades, making for a smoother smoothie! Obviously if your blender is reversed, then reverse the process!)
2. Pour over the coconut water to just cover the ingredients. Depending on how you like the consistency of your smoothies, alter the amount of coconut water you include. (For a thicker smoothie, use less coconut water. For a thinner consistency, use more coconut water)
4. Pour and serve!

TIP: I keep my blueberries, banana (pre-sliced) and raspberries in the freezer so that they double as ice cubes. This way my smoothies are perfectly cold and creamy!

Let me know if you give this recipe a go!


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