Easy Green Smoothie Recipe

Super Easy Green Smoothie Recipe for Beginners

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A few people asked me for some easy smoothie recipes so I created this quick smoothie recipe that can be adaptable to the seasons and to your nutritional requirements by using different super food supplements.

The recipe for the easy green smoothie and the building block style ingredients are as follows:

Base Ingredients – 2 Bananas or avocado or pears (those are my favourite base ingredients, but you can experiment with other fruits, I find the bananas are good because they bind everything together.

Seasonal Berries – A small bowl of seasonal berries of choice, I like using strawberries, red currants, black currants etc.

Greens – A large handful or two of seasonal greens, home grown if possible.  I use kale, spinach, Cavolo Nero kale, salad greens etc.

Seeds – I like to add in 1 or 2 tbsp of seeds or a blend of seeds to my smoothies for a variety of health benefits.  Some examples are chia seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower etc.

Superfoods – I always add in a super food powder, usually 1 tbsp of whatever I feel I need nutritionally at the time.  I use spirulina, super mushroom blend, maca, goji berries, elderberries, acai berry, matcha etc.  The list is pretty huge!  Lets face it though they are just normal foods, but are special for their high nutritional content.  There are so many on the market so please do some research on what you require.  You can also skip this if you wish.

Dairy Free Milk – I use dairy free milk and always try to keep things dairy free in the kitchen because I feel better when I eat less dairy.  There are loads of dairy free alternative milks on the market now and you can also make your own, home made milks are usually nutritionally better for you also.

Ok so that’s a basic recipe which I use and tailor around my nutritional needs and seasonal availability!  I also like to add a small piece of ginger or tumeric root now and again.  I hope you enjoy experimenting with it and if you want to see the finished product check out my short video below.

Love, Angie xxx

 

 

 

 

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Brazil Nut Chocolate Cake

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The recipe for this chocolate cake is really easy and quick to prepare, there is no baking involved and it is made with fresh raw food and superfoods.  Its packed with nutritious ingredients and is a really quick and clean snack for the whole family.  Raw cacao is really nutritious and is well known for its high levels of antioxidants, its widely available online or in your local health shop.  Some larger supermarkets even stock it these days but to be honest you get more for your money online.  Indigo Herbs is a trusty brand and you can purchase from amazon at the link below –

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The Ingredients

Cookie/cake base:

1 and 1/2 cups of Brazil nuts

1 cup of pitted soft medjool dates (don’t use the ones that have added sugar products)

2/3 cups of cacao powder

pinch of salt

Chocolate Frosting:

1/3-1/2 cup of medjool dates

1/4 cup of honey/agave or sweeter of choice

1/2 a medium ripe avocado

1/2 cup of cacao powder

So the method is really easy, you’ll need a powerful blender or a food processor.  Blend up the Brazil nuts first until they are pretty fine…don’t go to far or you will end up with a nut butter lol!  Add in the dates, the cacao powder and a pinch of salt…blend!  If the mixture is too dry and not clumping together (it depends on the dates) then add a little honey to get a dough like consistency that should stick together in your hand.

Remove from the food processor bowl in small amounts and push through a cookie cutter of choice, keep adding until its about 1cm thick.  Remove shaped piece from cookie cutter then repeat until finished.  To prepare the topping you need to blend the dates in the food processor until pureed, add the agave syrup or honey, avocado flesh and cacao powder.  Blend and scrape down until its completely blended together and looks like chocolate frosting.  Spread on top of the cookie cut cakes and serve with fruit on top.

You can keep it for a few days in the fridge but the strawberries will go a bit yuk! and the icing is made with avocado so best eaten as fresh as possible.  Be warned this cake is so nutrient dense your body will get full quickly so eat in small quantities! :-). Delicious!