My favourite juice and smoothie recipes

I love that refreshing feeling after drinking your own freshly blended smoothie! You know what you are drinking, none of that shop bought stuff which can be highly pasteurized and full of sugar. I’m not going to say all juices are bad from supermarkets, but it is always better to make your own and add extra ingredients to the mix.

There is always this debate between whats healthier, is it juices or smoothies and what I must say is it all depends on what you are adding into it (such as if the ratio of vegetables to fruit is balanced at 3 :1), but they are both good ways to get enough vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. In a smoothie you get more fibre as the fruit and vegetables are blended, however with a juice although there wont be as much fibre there is still plenty of vitamins and minerals which enter the bloodstream faster giving you an instant energy boost while also helping you reach your five a day.

What you can do with juices is to add more greens to them like kale, spinach, chard, broccoli or even add some booster green powders (e.g wheatgrass, chlorella, barley grass) and this will give you a natural boost in energy and help you avoid that 4pm afternoon slump or to get you moving in the morning. Green juices also contain much less sugar than their fruity counterparts. Juicing by many nutritionists has been recommended to help with detoxing and you may have at some point come across various books on juicing for cleansing your body and healing different ailments, such as improving asthma, balancing sugar levels, helping with exercise performance, boosting your mood, clearing the skin and even to get rid of cellulite for women.

My favourite book and by far the best I have ever come across would be:

The Top 100 Juices: 100 Juices to Turbo-charge Your Body with Vitamins and Minerals by Sarah Owen.

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The above book has a collection of 6 other similar reads like Top 100 healing foods or Top 100 anti-ageing foods, Top 100 immune boosters (I have the whole collection!) so Sarah Owen really knows what she is talking about when she shows us how important good nutrition is for healing us from the inside.

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What I love about the author’s books is how they are set out and how easy and well-presented the pages are for the reader (see example from her book above). So you have the small icons on the top which show you on the page if they are energy boosting, skin saviours, detoxifiers, gluten free etc, then it gives you a small brief description of what the juice does for your health, on the corners of the page you have a list of the vitamins in the recipe, some pages have a blue bubble with extra tips, and lastly you have a recipe in the orange box to test out.

Sara Owen’s book also has a variety of both smoothie and juice recipes and at the back she gives you further information about each vitamin and mineral and what they can do for you, as well as a reference of juices/smoothies to try that are best for different ailments. Basically if you want to know more about nutrition these are the best books to try as they are small in size so you can take them anywhere with you and they are just so colourful, informative, easy to read and well-presented.

Now I’m not saying you have to, but if you do want to make that extra investment in your health and enjoy different variety of fruits and veg then a juicer is a wonderful appliance to have in your kitchen and it can be quite fun to use and to get creative. Both my smoothie maker and the juicer helps me get my 5 a day.

I usually buy my products from Amazon as they tend to have the best deals and I always find what I’m looking for.The juicer I use can be found here and its been great so far, and the blender I use can be found in this link here.

On the other hand I use the food blender/smoothie maker every morning and I must admit I use it more often as it doesn’t take long to clean up. Well Im all about saving time, so the juicer is mainly used on weekends. I also have a freshly made juice at juice bars around my work area which I love. I’m sure most of you have a blender which are much cheaper to buy than juicers and you are still getting great benefits, so the recipes below are my favourite smoothies.

Now onto the recipes! I’ve been rambling on about everything that you probably just want me to catch to the chase and show you the recipes. Now all you need for these is a food blender/smoothie maker and if you do want to go a bit further you can add a juicer to the equation for an invigorating drink in the morning or afternoon.

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Super refreshing goodness! and all you need to do is juice all these ingredients up and voila fresh clean juice!

Right so my favourite one has to be the simple carrot and orange juice with a pinch of lemon and ginger (see above its that simple) which takes 1 minute max in to make in the juicer and you can also replace the orange with apple if you like, but I have advanced this recipe slightly with the smoothie recipe below, as I wanted something to fill me up for my morning to give me protein, energy and to improve my skin.

Andrea’s Skin zinger power smoothie recipe:

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Ingredients: For 1-2 persons.

  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 teaspoon of Ginger
  • Ground Flaxseeds (you can add any other nuts of your choice).
  • Chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil (optional)
  • Some cubes of ice (optional)

This recipe is perfect for sitting in the garden and enjoying the fresh air in the summer months, ahhhh! what a lovely time! But I also drink this during the winter months as it helps me prevent colds and reduces my fatigue. Whats more is this recipe is loaded with plenty of vitamins and minerals which boost your metabolism, also B vitamins from the banana help you relax and calm your nerves while the flaxseeds and chia seeds provide omega 3 fatty acids which are essential for brain health, acne and skin allergies. The recipe is a vitamin A, betacarotene (from the carrots) and C powerhouse aiding in the protection of your skin from the sun and giving you a radiant glow.

There are many more recipes to share which are in my top 5 list such as my all time favourite green smoothie (below) and remember you can add anything to a smoothie, get creative! But remember always balance a smoothie with some vegetables and fruits to get your 5 a day as sometimes too many fruits can be acidic on the stomach or make your teeth sensitive by causing erosion of the teeth enamel so use a straw if you can, but other than that you are filling your body with the right nutrients it needs and your body will thank you for it.

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Green gods and goddesses Smoothie (because I just like how it sounds powerful!):

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pineapple (preferably fresh or frozen, but you can still use canned)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup plain Greek yoghurt (or coconut yoghurt for the dairy free option which is my favourite choice).
  • 2-3 handfuls of kale leaves (or any other green leaves such as spinach).
  • Small glass of water
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Almond or coconut milk
  • Chia seeds or flaxseeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (optional)

Mix them all up in the blender and voila you have yourself a delicious healthy green smoothie (doesn’t even taste green if that makes sense hehe) , which should set you up for the day lift you up whenever you need a quick pick me up.

I also have the last recipe below which I absolutely love and you can see the blender has had to deal with loads of smoothie making and….well I dropped it once or twice by mistake so you can see some cracks..but it still works so it is definitely quite a sturdy one.

Why I love this recipe? Its a great energy booster, antioxidant rich (to prevent free radical damage to your body), protects digestion, it lowers blood pressure, anti-inflammatory, an immune booster, doesn’t taste one bit of greens either but also helps you mentally focus at the same time. Now thats what I call a healthy punch for a smoothie.

Fruity green wake me up recipe (serves 3 people):

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 cups spinach
  • 1 cup of strawberries (organic is preferable)
  • 2 small apples
  • Small glass of water
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Almond or coconut milk
  • Chia seeds or flaxseeds for extra protein and omega 3 fatty acids (optional)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (optional)
  • 1 tbsp Spirulina powder (read my superfoods article on the amazing benefits of this algae)
  • 1 and a half tsp of Baobab powder (for added vitamin C)
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Here are all the ingredients put into the blender, looks delicious before its even been blended. 🙂
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Look at all this bubbly green goodness! Your cells are literally shouting at you to drink it! hehe.
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Here is the finished result in all it’s glory! Applause in the background! hehe.

Hope you enjoyed these recipes and if there are any questions or you have some of your suggestions for juices and smoothies dont forget to comment below.

Enjoy have a great day!

 

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