I am a self-confessed green smoothie addict! I had been very pleased that I have not had a cold, or even so much as sniffle for the last few years, and of course as soon as I got out of my green smoothie habit for a couple of days last week I immediately caught the flu and could not get out of bed for over 2 days. The moral of the story, for me at least, is to make sure I get my daily (raw) greens. And being a freelancer I need to stay in top health at all times.
In an effort to bolster my immune system and send the pesky flu on its way Ed made me a super smoothie so packed with fruit and vegetables that it needed to be served from a bowl. I am certainly feeling far far better from a healthy portion of this the last two mornings.
As with all smoothies, quantities are approximate. It’s best not to use too many different fruit and vegetables. We find that a maximum of four is about right.
Recipe: Green Thickie
- Large handful of leafy greens – spinach & kale mix
- 150 ml coconut water (I used Vita Coco)
- Good sprinkle of chia seeds
- Glug of flax oil
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Handful frozen grapes
- Handful frozen baked butternut squash
- 1 small banana.
- 2 tbs Yeo Valley natural yoghurt
- Blend the greens, chia seeds, and flax and coconut oils together – give the greens a good long blend to make sure that they’re really smooth.
- Then add the grapes, butternut squash and banana and blend again until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add a splash or two of water.
- Finally, add yoghurt and blitz a few times to make sure it’s well mixed in.
- Serve in a bowl with a sprinkling of seeds, dried fruit and nuts.
If this recipe inspires you to be on a health kick, then you can win a Compact Power Juicer from Cuisinart – worth £100, from Yeo Valley – for a chance to win simply buy a pot of their new 0% fat orange, carrot and mango yoghurt, and enter the code inside the lid to see if you have won.
The new yoghurt is delicious, certainly different and a fantastic way to start getting used to adding extra vegetables to your diet.
I developed this recipe to promote the Yeo Valley Competition, and was provided with both a juicer and yoghurt to make my recipe. Thank you to Vita Coco for samples too. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.