Thank you so much for joining me again on ‘Life begins at fifty – Healthy Life’. Thank you for liking my posts and following me for more. It’s been lovely to visit your blogs too, and something struck me…I don’t know where any of you are starting your Healthy Life journey from, I mean, I was already a vegetarian (a wheat free one at that!), so I’d already made changes from my previous typical British ‘meat and two veg’ type diet in my twenties and then again, in my thirties.
Making changes to eating habits isn’t easy because that’s what they are…habits, and we get really hooked on them. I remember the realisation that I might never be able to eat wheat based bread again, and how impossible that seemed, but after more than twenty years, I don’t really think about it.
This recipe is something everyone can try, and it ticks a number of the boxes on Dr Gregor’s Daily Dozen (You can find out more about plant based eating and Dr Gregor here https://nutritionfacts.org/)
My good friend Cate gave me the recipe for this awesome smoothie….and I’ve tweeked it for even more goodness!
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup cherries
2 cups spinach (or 3)
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
1 tablespoon peanut butter
6 dates and/or tablespoon date syrup
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
11/2 cups of water (warm if using frozen berries)
2 teaspoons maca powder
2 teaspoons spirulina powder
This makes enough for two people and is great for elevenses or as a boost during the day. The additions I’ve made are the final two, maca powder and spirulina. Maca powder is high in certain minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium and zinc as well as some B vitamins including B3 (niacin). Its also a good vegan source of iron. Spirulina is known as a nutrient-dense food and is packed full of vitamins, including vitamins A, C, E and B vitamins, as well as a whole host of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc and selenium. In particular, vitamin C and selenium are both antioxidants and help protect our cells and tissues from damage. This algae is also an excellent vegan source of iron.
One glass of this smoothie ticks off 1 berries, 2 fruits, 1 greens, flax seeds and nuts and seeds off your daily dozen and I promise you, you won’t taste the spinach at all! We often add 3 cups of spinach if the blender will take it.
Feel free to experiment….would kale work in this? Can I add more banana to make it more creamy? Or avocada? Or mango?
Have fun and experiment with this versatile and healthy smoothie.
Join me next time when I introduce you to one of my favourite YouTube channels and for an insight into my lunch time salad bowl!