Summertime smoothies

In the UK at the moment we are blessed with some phenomenal weather. The likes of which we haven’t seen in several years. This time last year it was raining non-stop and we were all bundled up and planning a move to anywhere with sunshine. This year it is gloriously sunny and warm at the same time and I could not be happier.

I have finally gotten back into running and yoga, I am eating better and I am feeling better for it. I tend to base my blog around my cravings and that is typically driven by the weather. It is hot and sunny now, so when I wake up, I rarely want anything heavy for breakfast. If I know when I get up that I am off for a run that morning, I aim for a smoothie that will power me through my run and keep me filled up until lunch time.

Smoothie

My go to smoothie starts with the same base ingredients that I typically have in the house, and I add in whatever fruit I have in the house.

Strawberry smoothie

I start with non dairy milk, using light coconut milk by Koko or almond milk. Next I use a vanilla or unflavoured protein power (or you can use a vegan variety). My two secret weapons are the chia seeds and maca powder.

Some of these ingredients may be new to some. The maca powder is optional, but I like the malty taste it gives my smoothies, as well as the energising effect it has. Chia seeds to me are a necessary part of my day, and if I don’t have them in a smoothie, then I make overnight oats and pop them in there. They are a fantastic source of fibre and helps digestion. If you want to try them, Chia Bia seeds are what I use, and they are easy to find in the grocery store or at  Amazon.

From here I add in fruit and veggies, and I always have a stash of fruit in the freezer to add thickness to my smoothies. I have bags of freshly frozen strawberries and bananas to pop into the blender instead of ice cubes. It gives the smoothie the body it needs as well as flavour.

That is the beauty of smoothies, they can be whatever you want, or have on hand. I prefer non dairy milk especially when I am running and sometimes swap the whey protein for vegan for the same reason. Just have fun with it, they are delicious and a great way to get extra fruit and vegetables into your diet. Kids love them too, I would just remove the protein powder and the maca powder. If you want to add some protein in, almond or peanut butter are also great additions to the banana smoothie.

Have a good one!
Steph

 

Summertime smoothies

Ingredients

  • 300 ml light coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maca powder
  • 1 heaped scoop of whey protein powder
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 frozen banana (or 3 frozen strawberries and 5-6 fresh strawberries)

Instructions

  1. Pour the coconut milk into the blender followed by the chia sees and allow them to sit for a couple of minutes for the chia seeds to swell a bit
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, leaving the banana until last to weigh down the spinach
  3. Blend until smoothe
  4. Drink immediately
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