Category Archives: Green Smoothies

Quick & Healthy Breakfast: Eggs & A Green Smoothie

I can’t count how many times I’ve been asked, “Could you please suggest a healthy, quick breakfast?”. Most of us are busy and don’t have time to spend over ten minutes preparing breakfast, then another 5-10 eating it. This is where most people end up eating one of those snack bars that claim to be healthy but are packed with sugar… let me know if you want me to name names ;)
ENTER – *planning your meals* <-- This is a key step in sticking to your healthy goals. The days I've had no food in my fridge have been the hardest for me to eat clean and healthy. And my best days have been those where I've planned in advance so I don't find my self starving and nowhere near healthy enough options.
Anyway, back to the reason for this post! A healthy serving of protein, healthy fats and carbs & vitamins from green vegetables makes for a well rounded breakfast. My ideal breakfast is an omelette with veggies and fish, yum! But I don’t have time to make an omelette, especially during the week when I have a 7am start at the gym. I make my green smoothies in 2 (sometimes 3) day batches, |
e.g. I made some on Monday night, I had one serving on Tuesday morning, another on Wednesday morning and a half serving on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Tuesday’s breakfast was: green smoothie and eggs, 
  • Wednesday’s was green smoothie and baked mackerel.
As seen in this video below, it takes very little time to make eggs, if you’re REALLY pressed for time, you could go one better and boil 2 eggs the night before, cutting your preparation time right down.

Have you tried this combination for breakfast? Or green smoothies with something else? What did/do you think?

Protein Green Smoothie with Hemp ;)

I hope the title got you interested!

My trusted Nutritionist friend (Keris of Fitter Food/Fitter London) prescribed me UltraClear Plus pH and I’ve been having it for breakfast for the last week with a small serving of protein eg 2 sunny side up eggs. I got bored mixing it with water so I decided to be adventurous with my green smoothie today.

I got a sample of Nutiva’s Hemp Seed at a press event (oops, I still haven’t blogged about the goody bag!) and today seemed like a perfect time to try it out. No I’m not talking about drugs here so don’t get too excited! Although it comes from a variety of Cannabis, it contains a low amount of THC (the reason for the drug effect). So it does not have the same effect as cannabis!

Hemp seeds are rich in protein, omega 3 fatty acids and GLA (an essential fatty acid) which made them a great addition to my smoothie.

I’ll be honest, I had no idea how this was going to taste – I was going to drink it either way (I don’t waste food!).

I used a serving of UltraClear, 2 cups of spinach, 1/2 a cucumber and a sample size of the hemp seeds with 1 cup of water. Mixed it all in a blender and…

Verdict: Yummy and Filling!

You can try this with any protein powder of your choice (just make sure it’s not full of cr*p). Other high protein seeds are flax, sunflower, chia, sesame and pumpkin. I haven’t tried any in a smoothie yet, have you?

Are you a green smoothie novice? Check out this post with simple green smoothies. I will be uploading a video soon.

Are you a green smoothie pro, then please share your recipes :)

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Green Smoothies: I’m Loving ‘Em!

I love green smoothies
I just haven’t been able to get into the habit of having salads which contain, highly nutritious and hydrating, raw, green, leafy vegetables into my daily diet. I have tried, I really have but I prefer my veggies stir fried or steamed, the former being my favourite way of getting those veggies in. Vegetables start to lose their nutrient values once they’ve been picked and heating them further reduces this value.
I finally decided to give green smoothies a try a few months ago, to ensure minimal alteration (in my control) of my veggies before consumption. I’ve enjoyed them from Day 1!

A few things I learned from my first try were:

  • Keep it simple – my favourite everyday green smoothie consists of spinach, cucumber, lemon juice, lemon zest and lime juice.
  • Lemon peel (zest) in addition to the juice makes a great change to an otherwise simple, bland mix of spinach and cucumbers. The taste of the peel almost removes the need for any sweetening eg berries, bananas, apples, etc
  • Lemon and lime juice are a great combination
  • Berries add a nice sweetness to the green smoothies. 
Most of my green smoothies contain spinach (contains flavonoids which have anti-cancer propertiesm rich in antioxidants, Vitamin K, calcium and magnesium), cucumber (contains phytonutrients that give it anti-cancer properties, rich in antioxidants, high water content, Vitamin K, potassium, magnesium), fresh juice from a lemon (read this for the benefits of lemon juice) and lemon peel/zest.

I aim to buy organic spinach and cucumbers. If you can’t, make sure you wash them properly (apple cider vinegar + water rinse and brush the cucumber skin).

I have a jar/cup once a day, in addition to my meals and supplements. Not as a food replacement! Although I’ve had a smoothie some mornings I’ve had not appetite, which is a very rare occurrence ;)

If you’re like me and have to force salads down your throat, try green smoothies :) One very lazy evening, I had 2 homemade turkey burgers and a green smoothie for dinner!

I’ve been putting my very cheap and durable blender through a lot of work and I can hear it falling apart each time I use it.
I’d love to get the Magimix 1.8L Blender which is a bit pricey at over £200 but it looks like it’d be worth it! For now, it’s on my wish list for when I am richer ;)

For now, I’ve added the two blenders below to my ‘immediate’ wish list and I think I’ll get the Villaware soon. They’re both on sale at great discount (I’m still looking through reviews), click on the links for more info :)

1. Duronic BL1200 – Stainless Steel Body Table Blender (1.8L Glass Jug)
    £199.99 £59.99


 2. Villaware BLVLLAZ05H 2 Litre Jug Blender Die Cast Metal
     £79.99 £58.25

Have a great week!