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California dreaming!

A couple of trips this year to California have just confirmed it’s time to throw out that juicer – it’s just such an effort and why throw away half the fruit? California seems to be  reverting back to the smoothie where everything is left in, roughage and all. Home to the most incredible selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, the combinations in California are endless, particularly now, with such a variety of milks, from almond to hazelnut to coconut water and then of course there are lots of other goodies you can add. Try a spirulina powder, cocoa nibs or acai berry powder. All of these are available here  –  so start experimenting!

I have used almond milk and almond butter, like peanut butter, in this smoothie. Very Californian; almonds are growing everywhere there and I am now hooked on almond butter – delicious on a piece of toast in the morning.

Almonds are packed with goodness; high in beneficial monounsaturated fats and vitamin E, which protects against UV light damage and Alzheimer’s, eating the nuts daily moderates blood glucose concentrations. They are also packed with minerals, among them manganese and potassium which help the body form strong bones and tissues, regulates blood sugar and blood pressure. A wonderful snack to starve off hunger pangs and also great for healthy skin and hair.
I bought a nutribullet in an attempt to get my youngest daughter to eat more fruit and we now use it everyday. It’s easy to use, easy to clean and we are eating so many more fruit and vegetables. This is one of our favourites




I leave you with an image from a yoga class by the beach – have you had you smoothie today????

California dreaming!

Serves 2

2 cups of kale ( spiney pieces removed)

1 banana

1 cup of chopped pineapple

1 cup almond milk

1 tsp almond butter

3 ice cubes


Combine all the ingredients and blitz

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