“So Summer is around the corner and everyone has more energy, the days are longer and generally everyone is in a better mood because that mean season Winter has left us for my best friend SUMMER!!

I want to share with you some nutrition tips and what I try to add to my daily diet to keep me energised and more importantly healthy. I am a big fan of adding green smoothies to your day. Notice that I said add, we don’t want to replace meals with these juices, they are a great addition to a healthy diet.

 

Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. The best leafy green to start with is light tasting baby spinach

2. To mellow out the grassiness of greens, always add one peeled lemon or lime to your smoothie

3. Steer clear of starchy vegetables like carrots, beets, broccoli stems, zucchini, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, eggplant, pumpkin, squash, peas, corn or green beans

4. Unlike juice a green smoothie will keep in the fridge for two days – which means there are really no excuses. Just remember to keep it covered and that as soon as your smoothie is warmed to room temperature it should be consumed.

5. Make sure you rotate the greens that you use to avoid alkaloids accumulating in your body.

6. To maximise its benefits, drink your smoothie by itself and not as part of a meal.

7. Where possible choose organic, as leafy greens carry a high pesticide residue

 

Here are three great recipes that I love!

If you’re new to green smoothies start with this recipe:

New Kid on the Block

1 cup coconut water

1 cup packed spinach leaves

1 cup romaine or cos lettuce

1 cucumber cut into chunks

1 lemon peeled

1/2 cup frozen mango

Place coconut water, spinach, lettuce, cucumber and lemon in a blender and blitz for 30 seconds. Add mango and blend until smooth.

 

Banana Bender

(Add banana and blueberries to your smoothie for a good dose of potassium, antioxidants, magnesium, ,anganese and vitamins)

1 cup filtered water

2 stalks of kale leaves – stalks removed

2 stalks silverbeet – stems removed

2 stalks celery and leaves – roughly chopped

1 lemon peeled

1 cup blueberries – fresh or frozen

1 banana peeled – cut into chunks and frozen

1-2 medjool dates (to taste)

Place water, kale, silverbeet, celery and lemon into a blender and blitxz for 30 seconds. Add blueberries, banana and dtaes and blend until smooth

 

Strawberry Sling

Nutrient-rich and packed with antioxidants strawberries are a bona fide superfood

1 cup filtered water

2 stalks of kale leaves – stalks removed

1 cup packed spinach leaves

1 cucumber cut into chunks

1 lemon peeled

1 cup strawberries – leave the tops on

1 tablespoon flaxseeds

6 ice cubes

Place water, kale, spinach, cucumber and lemon into a blender and blitz for 30 seconds. Add strawberries, flaxseeds and ice and blend until smooth.

 

Well I hope you enjoyed the recipes, go and try them all and have a play around with the ingredients to suit your taste.

Happy Summer!

– Lachie