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3 SUPER-NUTRITIONAL SMOOTHIE RECIPES TO GIVE YOU A BOOST

If you’ve been keeping up with the CK Elite blog recently, you’ll know we’ve been talking a lot about what not to drink. From the sugar-crash brought on by downing a can of Coke to keeping an eye on what’s really in your diet by decoding food labels, recently we’ve been focusing less on the “dos”, and more on the “do nots”.

But what about those “do’s”? Well, with those in mind, here are three vitamin-rich, super nutritional smoothie recipes to try out for a quick and easy breakfast or immune-boosting snack…

GREEN TEA & RASPBERRY SMOOTHIE

Green tea in a smoothie? It can work, so long as you balance out its natural dry-tasting bitterness with some natural sugars. Try this vitamin-boosting recipe:

  • 1 cup green tea
  • 1 medium-sized banana
  • a handful of frozen raspberries
  • milk
  • honey

Brew up a cup of green tea, sweetened with a little honey, and leave to cool. Add it to a blender along with a medium-sized banana, a good cupful of frozen raspberries, some milk and a little ice. Blitz up—adding a more milk or a little water to loosen the mixture if needed—until super smooth.

For a sweeter taste, try switching the raspberries for strawberries, or adding a little more honey. And for an antioxidant boost, try switching the raspberries for frozen blueberries, or for a mixture of raspberries and frozen cranberries.

 

GINGER & RED BERRY SMOOTHIE

Ginger is something of a superfood, with its warming taste credited with everything from soothing inflammation to aiding digestion and even curing morning sickness.

A fruit-packed smoothie is a great way to get this often overlooked super root into your diet, without resorting to that packet of ginger biscuits…

  • 1 medium sized banana
  • 1½–2 tbsp. of ground ginger, or 1 tbsp. freshly grated root ginger
  • ½ tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • honey
  • 1 cup vanilla yoghurt

Blend all the ingredients together, loosening the mixture with a little milk or water if necessary, and adding a little more honey for a sweeter taste.

Try adding a cupful of frozen berries, a handful of chia seeds, or even a couple of handfuls of fresh spinach to this mix for something a little different—or try switching the plain vanilla yoghurt for something a little fruitier.

 

BEETROOT & GREEN APPLE SMOOTHIE

High in fibre, potassium, cancer-fighting phytonutrients and vitamin C, beetroot is one of those foods that a lot of people know they should eat more of, but never seem to fit into their day-to-day diet. (Or else they find the idea of fitting it into their diet hard to stomach…)

But if you’re not a fan of beetroot’s earthy taste—or of veg based smoothies in general—then this smoothie brings together all of its super health benefits along with some fresh fruits for a sweeter taste.

  • 1–2 cooked beetroots, depending on the size and flavour
  • 1 stick celery
  • 1 large green apple, cored
  • 1 handful of frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tbsp. of frozen or tinned pineapples or peaches
  • soy milk
  • honey

Add the beetroot, celery, apple, frozen berries, milk and honey to a blender and blitz together. Loosen the mix with a little water and ice if needed.

Add chunks of pineapple or peach—or any other sweet-tasting fruit, like oranges, nectarines, or mango—for a sweeter flavour as required.

Alternatively, for a less sweet flavour, try switching these for more celery, a handful of spinach or kale, or try switching the soy milk for a veg juice, like carrot juice.

 

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