Gorgeously Green Smoothie
As you can probably tell, I’ve got into making smoothies recently. My friend started having them for breakfast and I thought it was a great idea; it’s also a bit more varied than having the same thing everyday – which I so frequently do. Although they can be ever so healthy, do be weary as they can have a high sugar content – especially the shop bought ones such as innocent, a little bottle usually contains half your daily sugar intake. However, in the wonderful world of green smoothies this is less of a problem as you are also putting delicious veggies in them too.
So why is this smoothie so good for you? Kale: Recently it has come into fashion because its array of health benefits, so to name a few… it is high in iron, vitamins A, C, K, antioxidants and calcium. It’s great as a detox as it is very high in fibre and sulphur which is really good for your liver. Fresh Ginger: Its great if you are feeling a bit under the weather, it helps with nausea and other similar symptoms. It’s also good for bloating and flatulence. Fresh Mint: Packed with vitamin A, fibre, potassium and iron. Lemon Juice: Prevents kidney stones, aids weight loss, good for digestion and it has those all important anti-cancer properties such as liminoids. Cucumber: Keeps you hydrated, washes out toxins, good for weight loss and for your eyes. Apple: Keeps your teeth whiter, helps avoid alzheimer’s, parkinson’s and cancer. Ingredients
- 1 apple
- 1/3 cucumber
- handful of kale
- 1/2-1 juice of a lemon
- thumb sized piece of ginger
- leaves from 1 mint sprig (or more to taste)
- fresh mint tea cooled (2 sprigs of mint in a cup of boiling water, then drain the liquid)
- sweetener to taste – honey, agave, stevia
- First of all make the fresh mint tea and leave it to infuse and cool for an hour or so.
- Once cooled blend all the ingredients together. You may want to alter the amounts slightly to your preference. But overall, you will be left with a deliciously fresh smoothie!