Healthy Living: Summer Smoothie Recipes

I’m trying hard to eat a healthy diet and get lots of exercise – not because I have weight to lose (although toning up in a few places wouldn’t go a miss) but because I want to improve my health and wellbeing. I want to feel energised and vibrant, and I firmly believe that what you put into your body has a huge impact on that. I am passionate about ‘clean eating’ and eat very little processed food. Smoothies are one of my go-to snacks when I feel I need a nutritional top up throughout the day.

I’m also trying to be really careful with wastage and budgeting, especially when it comes to food, so I’ve been buying fruit when it’s on offer and packing them up in freezer bags to defrost later. It’s a little bit of work but it’s making smoothies even easier and more accessible. Fruit is perfect to freeze and freezing is a great way to avoid fruit spoiling before it’s eaten. My current smoothie bags are full of a variation of berries (complete with their leafy tops for added nutrition), half a banana (frozen banana makes for a creamy base) and a big handful of leafy greens. I can always add additional ingredients like flaxseed, coconut oil or wheatgrass shots when it’s added to the blender. The fruit can be defrosted, or for a cool, slush-style drink, blend with water or almond milk while frozen.

My favourite smoothies at the moment are berries, kale, spinach and banana, with a splash of almond milk, but I also love a green smoothie. The green smoothie recipe I use most is cucumber, pear, lime, celery, kale, spinach and wheatgrass. If you’re new to drinking your five-a-day, definitely start with a fruitier smoothie and move onto a green vegetable one when you’re feeling brave.

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