For the love of Smoothies

14th July 2013

Smoothies....what can I say? I love 'em for a number reasons (which I'll go into further down) and all through the year but especially in the summer. Right now, fruit is at its most abundant and locally grown, beautifully ripe fruits such as cherries, strawberries and raspberries are just fantastic not only for their gorgeous flavour but also their anti-oxidant punch.

For me, smoothies are great because even a basic fruit-based smoothie is pretty nutritious with all the vitamins, antioxidants, fibre and plant-nutrients coming from the fruits (and veggies - yes why not through a handful of greens in there too!). Even better though, with a few clever additions, they can go one step further. Adding a plant-based wholefood-protein powder such as rice or hemp can deliver complete protein whilst nut or seed milks or their cold-pressed oils (such as hemp or flax) deliver essential fats. Finally a spoon or two of superfoods and, Voila, a super-nutritious, filling, highly digestible meal!

Smoothies are also super-quick and easy to make - simply throw everything into a blender, blend for 30 seconds or so and you're good to go, almost a fast food! Oh yeah, and whilst on the subject of making them, my top tip would definitely be to always make double and have the rest as a snack or dessert later in the day or even the next morning for breakfast (store in fridge in airtight container).

So, now all that's left is for me to share one of my favorite recipes right now (in addition to my Cherry Garcia Smoothie which is super yummy too and can be found here).

Raspberry and Rose Smoothie, Raw Vegan Dairy-free Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups dairy-free milk (I like almond or hemp, find out how to make it here)

1/2 cup raspberries

1/2 banana

1 fresh date (soak if not soft)

1 scoop protein powder (I used sunwarrior rice protein - it contains a little vanilla & stevia too)

1 tablespoon maca powder

1 teaspoon lucuma

2 drops rose extract or 1 drop rose oil (I used medicine flower)

1/4-1/2 teaspoon green powder such as chlorella or spirulina


Directions:

Add all ingredients to blender jug, blend until fully broken down and serve. Use some frozen fruit or add ice if you prefer a cold smoothie.