If like me, you can’t stand the sight of another chocolate egg and think that “if I eat it, then it’s not there any more” is a rational thought, then perhaps it’s time to get back on the health bandwagon and start feeling great again!
I think we can all admit that we’ve enjoyed a little Easter over-indulgence. It’s certainly hard not to so don’t beat yourself up about it, balance is key and a little eggstravagance now and then won’t hurt.
If you need a kick-start to get you feeling fresh and out of the chocolate induced sluggishness, try this delicious zingy green smoothie that I promise won’t taste like grass! Leave it all in the blender jug in the fridge the night before a competition, and you can whizz it up first thing and sip away en route and arrive feeling ready for anything.
The ingredients in this smoothie will help to give your body a break from all the refined sugar and help to cleanse and remove the toxins in your blood.
Apple in particular is a great blood cleanser and also helps to heal and restore the liver and intestines. Lemon and ginger are also two fantastic ingredients, renowned for their cleansing properties.
Raw spinach is a great addition to smoothies as much of it’s nutrient content is lost in the heating process when cooked. Spinach is rich in iron and great for bone health (there’s a reason Popeye ate it) it’s also particularly beneficial to sufferers of anaemia, eczema and poor circulation.
Add all the ingredients to your blender and blitz!
1 inch of fresh ginger, peel with the back of a spoon to easily remove the skin and chop to help your blender
Juice of one lemon
Handful of washed fresh spinach
One frozen banana – A vital ingredient for a cold creamy smoothie!
I always have a stash prepped in the freezer, simply peel and slice into large chunks, pop in a zip lock bag or Tupperware and leave in the freezer until you need them!
Coconut water, almond milk or water is fine
If you are feeling adventurous and would like to add some superfoods to your smoothie, try a tablespoon of chia seeds or a tsp of spirulina to give it that extra detoxifying power. Both of these superfoods are complete proteins, containing all nine essential amino acids which are as they say, essential for proper body functioning including growth and repair.
Wheatgrass powder is also a favourite addition to green smoothies. It helps to cleanse the blood, boost our immune system and energy and is rich in iron which women are so frequently deficient in. Try adding one of these superfoods to your daily diet and see if you notice a difference!
The idea behind blended or juiced food is to give your digestive system a break. It’s exhausting work breaking down the cells in our food for digestion so that the nutrients can be readily absorbed. By blending, we are helping to ‘chew’ the food by breaking down the cell walls into more manageable pieces to access the nutrients.
It is important to include vegetables in smoothies and juices to try and keep the sugar intake to a minimum. This helps to prevent our blood sugars from spiking and causing that ever familiar ‘crash’ after we’ve eaten something sugary. The added fibre in a smoothie also helps to prolong the absorption process of the fruit sugar into our blood stream.
I hope you enjoy this recipe!