The Life-changing Green Smoothie

Saturday, 27 July 2013

After starting my chiropractic degree 3 years ago, I have become increasingly interested in my health and diet. I find myself always looking out for new recipes to try that are quick, easy and packed full of nutrients. Yanto's mum told us that she had been having a smoothie for breakfast every day and urged us to try it- she even gave Yanto some money to purchase the ingredients as they are not your run of the mill ingredients found in your local grocery store. Ultimately, this smoothie is good for your health but bad for your pocket. However feeling and looking good is a fair payoff I'd say! We made a few tweaks to the recipe to suit our tastes so without further ado, here is the life-changing smoothie recipe!

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You will need:

  • 1.5 cups soy milk

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

  • 1 teaspoon spirulina powder

  • 1/2 avocado and/or 1 banana

  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder

  • 1 tablespoon of psyllium husk

  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)


Add the milk into the blender first, then add everything else and blend for 30 seconds. Done! It is so time efficient in the making and the drinking- it takes a lot less time to drink a smoothie than it does to chow down a bowl of muesli.

Here are some notes on the more obscure ingredients. If you can't find them in your local grocery store, try health food stores or pharmacies.

Spirulina powder- is a 100% natural and a highly nutritious micro salt water plant, basically it's algae. Don't be put off by the sight (and smell!), because it is a complete protein that contains ALL the essential amino acids your body needs.

Cacao- basically unprocessed or raw cocoa.

Psyllium seed husks-  are indigestible and are a source of soluble dietary fiber. They are used to relieve constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and diarrhea. They are also used as a regular dietary supplement to improve and maintain regular GI transit. I also used them in the amazing life-changing loaf of bread.

Chia seeds- Chia is the richest plant based source of Omega 3, dietary fibre, protein and antioxidants. It is considered Nature's Complete Superfood because it is very high in nutrition that is essential for a healthy diet including Omega 3, dietary fibre and protein as well as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

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This is the rather underwhelming result. Sure it looks like green sludge from the bottom of a swamp, but don't judge a smoothie by it's colour ok! Your body will thank you, and you will feel better for giving it a go :). Btw, it's the spirulina powder that turns it green. This is what it looks like when you don't add it:

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Just like a chocolate milkshake!

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The best start to the day. I've been having this for about 6 weeks daily now and I love it. This is the first winter I haven't been sick as well! Maybe this mean green smoothie has something to do with it ;) Please let me know if you try our concoction of nutrients!

Kine

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