smoothie

PIร‘A COLADA VEGAN SMOOTHIE

Omg you guys this is actually amazing!! I’m getting a little bit sick of chocolate protein as I’ve had a bit of an overload the past few months, so this is a refreshing change away from the standard ‘berries, spinach and chocolate’ smoothies.
A delicious, protein and healthy fat packed smoothie perfect for breakfast or a snack!

INGREDIENTS:
4 tablespoons of dessicated coconut
Half a banana (more…)

GLOWING GREEN

I’ve stumbled across a few amazing Podcasts in the last 6 months. I’m really into Podcasts as I commute an hour to and from work every day, and I find it a really easy way to soak in some extra Health & Fitness knowledge without having to be in a class! Plus, I feel like I’m actually doing something interesting with my commute and using my brain!

One of my favourite newest additions is Kimberly Snyder’s Beauty Inside Out which I listen to through iTunes. (more…)

VEGAN VANILLA THICKSHAKE

You may know I have some food intolerances and eczema that flares up from time to time if I’m a bit naughty…well, the last 2 weeks I have been very naughty (hellooooo birthday cake and malteasers!) so, I’ve had a flare up and I’m haaaating it. (more…)

SMOOTHIE BOWLS

I have a new obsession…smoothies in a bowl.

They are popping up everywhere. Check out your local healthy cafe and they are sure to have an assortment of flavours. They are SO easy. Here is my fav recipe at the moment:

Berry Protein Smoothie Bowl:
1 frozen banana
1 -2 cups frozen berries
1/2 cup milk of your choice. I use almond & coconut
Scoop of vanilla protein powder
1 tblsp BSC greens powder (if desired)

Put all above ingredients into a blender or thermomix and blend until smooth. I do 45 seconds on speed 10 in the thermo. If it’s still a little lumpy I scrape down and repeat for another 45 seconds

Then top with whatever you like! I like to use strawberries, a sprinkle of oats or granola/muesli (try my apple & cinnamon quinoa deeeelish granolaย here), almonds, chia seeds and coconut.

Get creative! I’ll post some new fun smoothie bowl recipes soon!

G R E E N

I’ve recently purchased Sally Obermeder’s Super Green Smoothie book as I found I was in a bit of a ‘smoothie rut’ and got in the habit of making the same smoothie every morning. It’s given me lots of new inspiration & flavour ideas and I was bursting to try out a smoothie in my new Thermomix!

Super Green Smoothies in the Thermomix! www.amirankin.com

I buy a bunch of bananas and kale at the start of the week and separate them into zip lock bags and pop them in the freezer so they are ready to go in the mornings!

This particular mix is:
1 frozen banana
1 cup frozen kale or baby spinach
1 cup mango (fresh or frozen)
1 cup almond & coconut milk
1 tablespoon chia seeds
Honey to taste (you can use Stevia, coconut sugar or Agave if you would like a Vegan option)

Put everything in the Thermomix and blend on speed 10 for 2 mins. SO smooth & creamy! And if you are using a normal blender, blend kale and almond milk first for 1 minute on the lowest setting, then add all other ingredients and blend on the highest setting for another 2 minutes.

SURF MUPPETS NEW SQUEEZES

My friend, the Surf Muppet had seen my previous juice post and is intrigued with making his own, healthy juices, so I have been giving a few different recipes a try for a bit of variety.

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My absolute favourite will always be Watermelon and mint. So simple and refreshing. Add some Coconut Water if you want to dilute it a little, and it adds in some natural electrolytes.

If you’re looking for something a little more filling, add in veggies like spinach and a frozen banana is always perfect to make a smoothie!
TIP: If you are using leafy ingredients like kale or mint, either freeze them overnight and blend separately with water on the lowest setting (it creates a vortex and pulls the greens into the middle to break them up), or put them through the juicer with watery ingredients like apple, cucumber or watermelon to get the most out of their health benefits & flavours.
These are some of my other go-to recipes:

TANGY TREAT
(From my previous Juice post, and still my number 1 go to juice for breakfast!)
Coconut water blended with frozen kale and beetroot leaves then added to the juice of:
1 beetroot
1 – 2 cups pineapple
1 apple
1 carrot
2 stalks of celery
1 cucumber
2 kiwi fruit
1 passionfruit.

Fresh, home made juice recipes www.amirankin.com

BEETROOT BLAST
1 beetroot
1 cucumber
2 stalks of celery
1 apple
1/2 a lemon
Ginger to taste

GREEN MACHINE
A simple, easy green juice
2 apples
2 pears
1 cucumber
A handful of mint leaves
A handful of kale

SWEET STRAWBERRY & GINGER
3 carrots
2 apples
1 -2 cup strawberries
Ginger to taste

VITAMIN C BOOST
2 oranges
5 carrots
2 big handfuls of kale
1/2 a lemon
1 cucumber
Ginger to taste

BROCCOLI?!
2 apples
1 cucumber
4 stalks of celery
1/2 a broccoli head
1/4 of a pineapple (or pineapple to taste)
Ginger to taste
(I promise the apple and pineapple cancel out the actual taste of the broccoli!)

Keep this in mind, and add in whatever ingredients you feel your body is lacking:
– Ginger helps to calm & soothe the digestive system
– Lemon & cucumber help to alkalinise & detox the body
– Kale adds lots of iron & chloryphill which detoxes your body & gives energy
– Carrots add lots of Vitamin A & C to keep our immune systems up

 

I have also just purchased a Thermomix & am so excited to be making my juices and smoothies in my very own ‘Thermie’ ๐Ÿ™‚ to make a juice, just place all the ingredients into the Thermomix bowl and blend for 2 mins/speed 10.ย  Check the consistency and if you’d like it a bit runnier, add some more water and blend again for 30 sec/speed 10.

My slow juicer was only $79 from K-Mart and it’s great!

C H A I

HEALTHY CHAI SMOOTHIE  www.amirankin.com

My tummy is so happy now I have perfected my Chai Smoothie recipe!

Chai Mix:
5 tbsp gr cinnamon
5 tsp gr ginger
1/2 tsp gr cloves
1/2 tsp gr cardamom
1/2 tsp gr nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
1 tbsp stevia or similar
(Will make a small container full of mix to keep in the cupboard)

Combine 1 tbsp of Chai mix with:
1 cup almond milk
1 frozen banana
1-2 tbsp Greek yoghurt (or make it a little sweeter and use Jalna vanilla yoghurt)
1 tbsp date paste (dates blitzed with a little hot water to make a paste)
All together in the blender or Magic Bullet and voila!