My health kick continues in fits and starts. I still lapse into old habits just a little too easily. One way I kick-start my healthy eating (and keep going back to when I get off track) is smoothies. I’m not big breakfast eater and a smoothie for breakfast is a nice way to start the day.
When I read about healthy living, whole food diets, paleo etc on other blogs, the smoothies sound, well, like a lot of hard work. They have mysterious powders and supplements, and ingredients I’ve never heard of. While these “superfoods” may pack a nutritional punch, it’s all too intimidating when you’re starting a healthy eating journey.
Smoothies are meant to be quick and easy – not something overwhelming and stressful. So here’s my fruit smoothie for beginners. Simple ingredients that you probably usually buy anyway:
That’s all the ingredients right there – one apple, one banana and a cup of water. Peel the banana. Cut the apple into quarters and remove the core. Put it in a blender, wizz it up for about a minute on maximum (I like to make extra certain there are no chunks!), pour it into a glass and your smoothie is served.
For breakfast, sometimes this isn’t the most filling, so I like to put a little bit more in it. Pureharvest sent me a gift hamper of their products and I added Coco Quench to my smoothie instead of water. It adds a subtle coconut-y flavour and makes it more filling.
If I need a bit of colour, I throw in a handful of blueberries or strawberries. If I’m feeling like a hippy, I throw in some kale or baby spinach. It’s a great basic recipe, and a place to start in the world of smoothies.
Disclosure: PureHarvest sent me a basket of products to sample (although I already used their products) and I also attended the Pure Harvest breakfast at the Problogger conference.
This is a family-owned company (with the owner’s three daughter’s manning the smoothie stand at the breakfast) dedicated to bringing healthy products to the Australian market. Unfortunately, not all of their products are made in Australia or from Australian ingredients (but there’s not a big range of organic and health food options here in Australia).
I recommend looking out for the PureHarvest label when you’re shopping for healthy products without the nasties.
What are your favourite smoothie ingredients?