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Green smoothie

Life is just so busy and sometimes it’s hard to actually manage to eat all the fruit and vegetables that we should. This smoothie is a great way to start the day; it’s packed with green fruit and veg combining to make a naturally sweet smoothie with an amazing number of nutrients. The apple and cucumber are great cleansers, the spinach is packed with vitamins and minerals, the celery reduces the body’s acidity and the ginger is a wonderful antibiotic.

Even though drinking green may seem unusual, don’t be put off by the colour – just close your eyes!

There is much written and many fans of juicing but I find smoothies easier to make – the blender is so much quicker to clean! What’s more, a smoothie retains all the fibre that is lost in juices, plus you can add lots of other goodies to it such as oats, nuts and yoghurt which makes a much more filling and satisfying glass of goodness.

I make my smoothies in a Phillips Blender which does a great job.

If ever you needed any encouragement to live a healthier life style read this amazing article, which appeared in the NY Times and then again here in the Sunday Times, we may not all wish to live to over 100, but there has to be something said for eating simply from the land and learning to relax (could you live without a watch for a day?) !

Green smoothie

Serves 4

  • 1 cup chilled apple juice
  • 3tbs natural yoghurt – soya for dairy free and vegans
  • 1 apple cored and chopped
  • 1 kiwi peeled and chopped
  • Juice of a lime
  • 1 inch of peeled ginger chopped
  • 2 inches of cucumber
  • 1 stick of celery
  • A handful of young spinach leaves

 

Simply add all the ingredients into the blender and blend for a minute or two, the ginger needs a good whizz to break up.

I decorated this glass with a fabulous borage flower  – I am growing this lovely blue and white borage, delicious in Pimms and should be in flower in June.

Although this makes four glasses I manage to drink the lot – a great start to the day, I love the ginger in it and so am quite generous with it, just cut back on the quantity if you need to.

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