If you had told me six months ago that I’d be enjoying a drink that contained green veg, I’d have laughed in your face.
But alas, new resolutions came in with the new year and after a bit of trial and error, my current breakfast of choice is a pretty delicious banana, strawberry and spinach smoothie. So, if you’re feeling a bit phobic about trying one of those scarily healthy-looking juices that hit the big time in 2014, this quick but delicious smoothie recipe is a great one to get you started.
You will need:
1 banana, peeled and sliced
1 handful of baby spinach
5 – 7 strawberries
1 handful of blueberries
A sprinkle of chia seeds (optional)
A spoonful each of Spirulina powder and Flaxseed powder (optional)
Calories: 170 (calculated using the MyFitnessPal app)
To start, place your chia seeds in a glass and add a small amount of water – just enough to cover them up. Leave this to stand while you chop the fruit and add it to the blender. Within a couple of minutes, the chia seeds will have absorbed the water, turning it into a gelatinous texture, so go ahead and pop these in. Finally, I fill the blender about a quarter to a third full of almond milk: this tends to be around 100ml but you can add more or less depending on how thick you want your smoothie to be.
Then, whizz it all together. This blender was a bargain buy at £15 from the supermarket in the sales and within less than a minute, your smoothie is ready to drink! You can taste the banana and strawberry more strongly than anything else so it really is a yummy way to start the day. I’ve had this alone or as an accompaniment to cereal or some lean chicken breast on those days where I need to stay fuller for longer.
And that’s the finished product! If you try this smoothie recipe, let me know if you enjoyed it too. I’m also after recommendations about what I can try next so if you know any great places to find some healthy breakfast ideas, let me know in the comments below.