Nutritionist Lucy Hyland

Green smoothie

June 4, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Friday 4th June

Coming into summer I start making smoothies a lot more. I don't fancy huge amounts of cold liquid in the winter but when the sun starts shining, the blender comes out!!

Most people make fruit smoothies but I think its better to include more vegetables in your smoothies - everyone thinks I'm mad when I produce this green smoothie below but when they taste it, they are surprised how nice it is.

I'm giving you the basics here but play around with it as much as you want. You can juice most vegetables - carrots, celery, cucumber, all the greens leafies, tomatoes....

Remember that smoothies do not count towards your 5 fruit and vegetables a day but they are a great way of getting extra nutrients into your day.

Super green smoothie

1 apple or banana
A handful of blueberries (or any berries)
2 handfuls of kale or spinach - washed
300 ml of milk (any type you want) I usually use soy or oat milk for this but almond milk would be yum
2 tablespoons of ground linseed
1 tbsp of yogurt

Place the chopped apple or banana in the blender and add a little water.
Blend till smooth.
Then add the blueberries,spinach, milk, linseed and yogurt.
Blend till smooth. If you feel it needs more fluid and is too thick add more water and blend. Yum.....

Wheat free, gluten free, dairy free (simply remove yogurt) and sugar free

If you are interested in receiving a tailored nutrition one on one consultation, please contact me on lucy@foodforliving.ie

3 thoughts on “Green smoothie

  • Hey Steve
    One of the main reason that the 5 a day was invented was to try to get people to eat more fiber on a daily basis. I generally find that most people who are coming to see my in my clinic are not eating enough fiber – usually as they eat a lot of refined carbohydrates throughout the day such as white bread and scones etc (which lack fiber) and they eat perhaps 2-3 vegetables and fruit a day. Smoothies are a great way of getting extra nutrients and can be used as part of an overall balanced diet.
    Yet, when you blitz a fruit or vegetable you do one important thing, you break down all (or most) of their fibers. This makes them a lot easier to digest, which is good one one hand, but it means that your digestive system doesn’t have to break this down. Fiber in fruits and vegetables is so special as it contains both soluble and insoluble fiber and both are essential for your digestive system. Your daily healthy routine depends on consuming foods with fiber so that the body can break the foods down, and anything that is indigestible forms the mass that is your stool. If you don’t eat enough of this, you tend to suffer from digestive problems such as constipation.
    Hope this helps.
    Lucy

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