Winter has dragged on this year and for many of us the cold weather has left us wrapping up in big, shapeless winter woollies and eating for warmth and comfort without necessarily eating for our health.
Now spring has finally arrived, the blossom is on the trees, the summer wedding invites begin to drop through the letter box and each time you turn on the TV there is another advertisement for summer sun.
It’s time to come out of hibernation and give your body a spring clean; shake off those unwanted pounds, increase your energy levels, give your immune system a boost and look forward to the sunnier days ahead.
An easy way to do this is by begin the day with a green smoothie. A delicious blended drink made from fruit and leafy greens, such as lettuce, kale, spinach, celery, ruby chard and parsley, or the tops of root vegetables, carrots and beetroot.
We are all told from a young age to eat our greens, but the secret to gaining optimal nutrients is to eat them raw.
Many of us know through experience that trying to get children (of all ages) to eat their greens, let alone enjoy them, is a mission in itself.
The best way to achieve this is to blend 40% greens and 60% fruits as this ratio neutralises the taste of the greens, and the fruit offers a natural sweetness to the drink.
My nieces, aged 2 and 4, now wake each morning and ask for a green smoothie, and yet trying to get them to eat their greens chopped up on their plates inevitably develops into a wrestling match.
Green smoothies are packed with nutrients, high in fibre and, due to the blended ingredients, are easy to digest.
They are so filling you can easily replace a meal with a green smoothie.
Try this for a week and notice how your energy levels increase; how you gain more clarity and focus and how easily the unwanted pounds slip away.
Give this green smoothie recipe a go, you’ll be pleasantly surprised:-
2 cups spinach
3 ice cubes
1 cup spring water
Blend all ingredients in the blender until smooth and serve immediately; this will keep in the fridge for 1 day.
Add a teaspoon of superfoods, such as Baobab fruit or Spirulina to your smoothie for optimal nutrition.
Baobab fruit is hailed as the new superfood to hit theUK. This delicious flavour-enhancing fruit is just jam packed with antioxidants, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and a fabulous source of vitamin C. It also has anti-inflammatory and probiotic properties.
Spirulina is an immune-building superfood that is a complete protein and a fantastic source of antioxidants, protein, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and polysaccharids, and is so incredibly nutritionally rich. It improves muscle strength, endurance, balancing blood sugar and helps fight inflammatory symptoms of arthritis.
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