Healthy Smoothie Recipes You Need To Try

It's not just about throwing some fruit in a blender any more – from oats to ginger, there’s a whole host of healthy smoothie recipes you can try...

These days it’s all about adding veg to your smoothies, especially if you want to avoid having too much sugar in your diet. We spoke to some top nutritionists and bloggers to get some delicious, healthy smoothie recipes you can try out at home.

Nutritionist and dietitian Jo Travers says:
‘Smoothies contain everything you get from fruit, and although they do contain sugar, the problem really comes with portion size rather than the recipe. Adding things like yoghurt, oats, nuts and seeds increase the nutrient density and lower the glycaemic index of a smoothie.’

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some healthy smoothie recipes to try out…

1. Kale And Oat Smoothie by Natasha Corrett

Natasha says, ‘This is an energy-creating smoothie – the oats are fantastic for releasing their energy slowly and so this smoothie will keep you full until lunch.’

Serves 1 as a breakfast, 2 as a bite, or 1 as an accompaniment to a solid breakfast.

150g pear, cored
45g kale
115g cucumber
40g gluten-free oats
480ml coconut water
1 tsp spirulina powder

How to make:
Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until completely smooth. The smoothie is best drunk straight away, but you can always put it in a jar and take it out with you to drink as soon as you can during the day.

© Natasha Corrett. Recipe taken from Honestly Healthy Cleanse by Natasha Corrett (Hodder & Stoughton £25)

2. Beetroot and Pepper Smoothie

Each portion supplies 1.5 of your recommended 5-a-day

1 raw beetroot, peeled and chopped
1 red capsicum, deseeded and chopped
A large handful of spinach leaves, shredded
1 tsp freshly chopped root ginger
½ tsp lemon juice
4 large ice cubes, cracked

How to make:
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

Recipe by Champneys

3. Green Summer Smoothie

Handful of kale leaves
Small piece of cucumber
Juice of half a lemon
Small piece of ginger (sliced)
1 teaspoon of Yaoh hemp protein powder
1 teaspoon of baobab powder
1 teaspoon of chlorella powder
½ pint of coconut water
2 bananas (sliced)

How to make:
Put all ingredients into a blender and just blend until smooth.

Recipe by VegfestUK, organisers of VegfestUK Brighton, Bristol and London, as well as Vegfest Scotland.

4. Apricot Mango Spinach Smoothie

2 cups water
1 medium mango (or 4 peaches or 1 cup of frozen mango chunks)
4 apricots (or ½ a cup of dried apricots or 2 peaches)
1 cup spinach, tightly packed or 2 cups loosely packed
¼ cup sunflower seeds (or ground flaxseeds if you don’t have a powerful blender)
1 cup oats – any type (If you don’t have a powerful blender and want the smoothie very smooth you can soak the oats for an hour before blending)

How to make:
Blend the ingredients in the order listed.

Blend the ingredients a few at a time so that your blender can cope with the work, unless you’ve got a high powered blender, then you might be able to add them all in at once. If it gets too thick, add more water as necessary.

If your blender has made the smoothie too warm, you can either cool it down in the fridge or freezer, or add some ice cubes or frozen fruit to it (You may need to add more water as this will thicken it further).

Recipe by New You Bootcamp

5. Ruby Juice

300ml apple
350 ml carrot
350ml beetroot
4tsp ginger
Half lemon

How to make:
Wash all the ingredients – you don’t need to peel them as the skin has a great amount of nutrients.

Since the amount of juice depends on a few factors (size for example) to prepare the perfect Ruby juice, only cut one piece of fruit/veg at a time as you go along and keep an eye on your measuring cup.

Juice apples, carrots, beetroot and ginger and mix them together, add the lemon juice.

Cold press juice stays fresh for 48 hrs in a air tight container, keep refrigerated.

Recipe by Lovage at the Ace Hotel

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