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Super Food Smoothies

The other day I saw Tiffany Hall in the flesh. You know the blonde, bronzed Goddess from The Biggest Loser? The first (and only) thing I said to her was, ‘Wow, now I really feel fat and pale’. I couldn’t help but compare my short, chubby legs / cankles to Tiffany’s taut calf muscles and her lush, long locks to my limp hair which has an impressive and ever-increasing grey streak! Now it’s not like me to compare myself to others, but Tiffany is an exceptionally fit and good looking human being, and I just couldn’t help it! Needless to say, a week later, I have a gym membership and a personal trainer. This isn’t a direct result of meeting Tiffany, that would make me an extremely insecure person (!), it’s something that’s been festering at the back of my mind for a while now. Having a personal trainer does seem excessive but I came to the realisation that every attempt at doing exercise on my own back has resulted in me failing a few weeks after beginning. So now I’m paying someone to kick me in the behind because, let’s be honest, it’s hard to kick yourself.

Yes I am intimidated by you Tiffany Hall!

Inevitably when you start to exercise, you try to eat healthier, as eating pork belly every night for dinner after working out that day does seem a little bit pointless. So this might mean that I start posting up healthy recipes as opposed to the sugar and fat fuelled desserts that I am guilty of indulging in too readily!

Lately I have been giving my blender a work out because there is so much delicious summer fruit around, plus you may remember that I have a freezer full of hand-picked blueberries! Smoothies are a great way of packing in lots of nutrients to kick-start your day or for a post work-out boost (see I am even starting to sound like a fit person!) I’m also becoming more and more interested in the nutrients found in the food I cook and trying to create dishes that don’t rely on fat and sugar in order to taste good (shock, horror, gasp!) Well, we will see how I go! To kick things off, I’ve created a few super food smoothies loaded up with all sorts of wonderful things I found at the health food shop plus lots of fresh fruit and veg. I got really excited making these up today and had lots of fun, so I hope you enjoy them. And don’t be afraid of the Lean, Mean, Green Fighting Machine (see below), unless of course it’s real name is Tiffany Hall! Enjoy.

Super Food Smoothies. Tasty and pretty!

 

Lean, Mean, Green, Fighting Machine!

Super Food Smoothies

Lean, Mean, Green Fighting Machine!

Serves 2 – 4 

(My personal pick!)

This smoothie may look like The Hulk (a little scary!) but it is jam-packed full of goodness! Green tea and spinach provides antioxidants to fight disease, coconut oil is a ‘good’ fat that supports immunity, boosts metabolism and eases digestion and spirulina will help increase your energy levels! This is a delicious, filling and healthy smoothie that will kick-start your day and make you as powerful as The Hulk!

What’s in it?

1 organic green tea bag

1 teaspoon coconut oil

½ cup cucumber, roughly diced

1 cup spinach or kale, roughly diced

½ cup celery and leaves, roughly diced

Mint, a big handful

½ cup pineapple, roughly diced

1 large banana

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon spirulina

3 – 4 cubes of ice

½ lime, juice

How you make it:

  1. Place green tea bag in ½ cup of boiling water. Allow the tea bag to infuse for 3 – 5 minutes. Remove tea bag, mix in coconut oil to the tea then add ½ cup cold water to tea.
  2. Place all ingredients into a blender, blend on high until super smooth, if smoothie is grainy, continue to blend. Squeeze in lime juice, give it a mix and then drink up!

Extra Healthy Info:

  • Green Tea is a powerful antioxidant to combat illness and make your skin smooth! It also helps your metabolism, helping you to loose weight.
  • Coconut oil is the healthiest oil you can use, it eases digestion, manages type 2 diabetes, boosts immunity, increases metabolism (and adds beautiful flavour to your food! Try it with salmon)
  • Spinach and kale is a great antioxidant as well as being a good source of iron
  • Mint is a beautiful fragrant herb that assists in digestion and has lots of nutrients and vitamins A and C as well as magnesium
  • Honey is an antioxidant and also contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities, it also helps with a cough
  • Bananas are a powerhouse of vitamins, high in potassium necessary for good muscle and nerve function, vitamins C, B-6, magnesium for bone health, fibre for digestion, and helps you stay feeling full for longer

Berry Goddess!

Berry Goddess

Serves 2 – 4

Fresh, frozen and powdered berries combine to create a naturally sweet and luscious dairy-free smoothie that is rich in nutrients to assist in boosting your immunity and provides long-lasting energy.

What’s in it?

250g strawberries, hulled

1 cup frozen raspberries

1 cup frozen blueberries

Basil, super big handful

Acai berry powder, 2 teaspoons

Chia seeds, 2 – 3 teaspoons

3 – 4 ice cubes

½ cup water

Agave nectar, splash

How you make it:

  1. Place all ingredients except the agave nectar into a blender, blend on high until super smooth, add more water if needed.
  2. Serve with a splash of agave nectar in each glass if you would like a little bit more sweetness.

Extra Healthy Info:

  • Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are rich in antioxidants (like Vitamin C) that boost immunity, fights bad cholesterol meaning it’s good for your heart health, reduces inflammation of the joints that can lead to arthritis, contains potassium that helps regulate blood pressure, contains fibre that aids digestion, plus they provide natural sweetness – need I say more?
  • Herbs like basil are very low in calories and contain no cholesterol, but are very rich source of many essential nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that are required for optimum health. Add in to your meals where possible!
  • Acia berries are native to central and south America is rich in antioxidants (42 times fresh blueberries) plus a heap of Omega amino acids (protein) and vitamins
  • Chia seed are a great source for omega oils and vitamin B12, as well as being a good source of fibre and protein
  • Agave nectar is a natural sweetener and a good alternative to using sugar

Peaches & Creamy!

Peaches & Creamy

Serves 2 – 4

For those that need (or want) a dose of dairy, this smoothie is for you! It’s kicker is the added ginger which compliments both the peach and mango and spices things up a bit! A whole heap of calcium for bone maintenance and development plus vitamin C for immunity!

What’s in it?

3 peaches, stones removed, diced

1 mango

2 tablespoons ginger, minced

1 teaspoon Maca Power (Available from Health Food Stores)

½ cup low-fat milk

1 tablespoon natural or Greek yoghurt

3 – 4 cubes of ice

(If you prefer a dairy free smoothie, use almond, soy or rice milk and leave out the yoghurt, although it won’t be as ‘Peaches & Creamy’)

How you make it:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, blend on high until smooth. Drink away!

Extra Healthy Info:

  • Peaches contains a heap of vitamins including vitamin A, essential for healthy vision, and vitamin C for tissue repair and building. There is also a heap of potassium needed for healthy blood pressure and also prevents kidney stones. Plus fibre for digestion for good measure!
  • Mangoes are high in vitamin C to boost your immune system, is good for diabetes as they help normalize insuline levels in the blood, lowers cholesterol and prevents cancer through antioxidants
  • Ginger aids digestion, assists with nausea and motion sickness, helps with cold and flu and strengthens immunity, maintains normal blood circulation 
  • Dairy is essential for development and the maintainace of bones and teeth, also helps prevent osteoporosis

Banana Rama & Raw Chocolate Chai

Banana Rama & Raw Chocolate Chai

Serves 2

When you are craving something naughty, make this smoothie because it tastes so delicious that it seems like it’s bad for you. But it’s not! Raw cacao powder is full of vitamins and mineral, unlike processed cocoa powder that is striped of nutrients. Soy milk and chai tea go together like peas and carrots, add in a banana and this seems indulgent but really it’s so good for you!

What’s in it?

2 cups soy milk

2 heaped teaspoons of good-quality Chai tea

2 large bananas

1 teaspoon raw cacao powder (not cocoa!)

2 teaspoons LSA (ground linseed, sunflower seeds and almond)

How you make it:

  1. 1.    Place 1 cup of soy milk in a small saucepan, add chai and heat over medium to high heat for five minutes to allow chai to infuse into soy milk. Strain and add milk to blender.
  2. 2.    Add remaining ingredients into the blender and blend on high until silky smooth. Slurp! Slurp!

Extra Healthy Info:

  • Bananas are a powerhouse of vitamins, high in potassium necessary for good muscle and nerve function, vitamins C, B-6, magnesium for bone health, fibre for digestion, and helps you stay feeling full for longer
  • Soy milk contains no lactose and decreases cholesterol, unlike cows milk, which can increase cholesterol. It has a nice nutty flavour which compliments Chai!
  • Chai tea is rich in antioxidants, is a good alternative to coffee, is full of flavour without adding sugar or other nasty’s, it aids digestion and is an anti-flamatory
  • LSA is a good source of protein, helps to detox the liver, is good for cholesterol and rich in essential vitamins and minerals. It provides a nice texture and nuttiness to your smoothie.
  • Raw cacao powder is an unproccesed form of chocolate that still contains all the nutrients that is stripped away when making cocoa powder. It is full of vitamins and minerals that can lower blood pressure and improve circulation, boosts energy and improves heart functioning. It seems naughty but it’s not!

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11 Responses to “Super Food Smoothies”

  1. Swapneel
    March 6, 2013 at 12:05 am #

    Those are amazing smoothies :D Just tried the BananaRama & Raw chocolate chai…..simply delicious…..These would go a long way towards my attempts lately to motivate myself in eating a healthy (well health-ier :P ) diet…..so thanks a lot Dani :D

    P.S. – Its a good thing that seeing Tiffany Hall motivated you for a good thing, but frankly IMHO its nicer to have a healthy, comfortably chubby physique and a fair, blushing skin than the painfully taut and sinewy built and bronzed skin of Tiffany (no offense meant to her :) )….I think you’re much more healthier and good looking :)

    • danivenn
      March 6, 2013 at 8:40 am #

      Thanks Swapneei! You are very sweet! I am glad that you liked the Banana Rama!! PS: I like curves too!! xx

  2. Preiyanka
    March 6, 2013 at 2:05 am #

    Absolutely loved the Hulk.. lol …green smoothie. Just made it without the spirulina not available in India….

    • danivenn
      March 6, 2013 at 8:41 am #

      Thanks Preiyanka!! So glad that you enjoyed the smoothie, it’s one of my faves! xx

  3. March 6, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    Wow – these look great, Dani! I have all the ingredients for the berry smoothie on hand (including home grown basil – yay!). I am curious to try the berry/basil combo and see how it works as a drink :)

    • danivenn
      March 6, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

      Thanks Georgia! The flavour of the basil isn’t too strong, but add plenty! You could also add mint! Enjoy xxx

  4. Simon H
    March 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    Hello Dani,

    these smoothies look really nice.

    The next series of the biggest loser I heard Tiffiny isn’t a part of which is a shame.

    once again, great job with your blog.

    Simon.

  5. Irmelin
    March 19, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

    Hi Dani,
    I’m from Norway and just finished watching your season of Masterchef Australia. I just wanted to tell you I loved your cooking and really hoped you would win! Greatfully I got a tip from the show to your website and I know have loads and loads of recipes from you to try out! Thank you for being such a great inspiration!

  6. Caelin
    June 4, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    I used to be in the “personal trainers are excessive!” camp, but at this point just about everyone I know has a personal trainer. I actually tried running on my own a while back & ended up injuring myself, so really… having a dedicated professional at my side would’ve been a great idea. Oh the pains (literally) of being 20-something & broke!

    • danivenn
      June 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

      I feel you honey!!! x

  7. August 8, 2013 at 12:54 am #

    danny,I love that see you in masterchef australia how did you cooking.
    I’m from algeria,and I love you so much

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