Juices and Smoothies

Juices and Smoothies

Most juices and smoothies benefit from the addition of oats to add a little protein, fat and soluble fibre which all make them a little more filling and help to keep hunger at bay - experiment!

(each recipe makes 1 to 2 juices/smoothies)

Hot Lemon and Ginger

Boil the kettle, put 1 or 2 tablespoons of freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice in a mug (the stuff that comes in bottles or squeezy lemon/lime shapes is fine), add a good pinch of sea salt crystals, grate in some peeled fresh root ginger (you can peel it, cut it into chunks, bag these and freeze, then grate from frozen), add boiling water, stir well, leave to cool a little before stirring in a teaspoon of Manuka honey and sipping slowly.

Cleansing Juice

Mix equal quantities of water, unsweetened grapefruit, pomegranate and cranberry juices in a large glass. Add a pinch of cinnamon, ginger and allspice and stir well. You can also warm it through gently and have it as a hot drink on a cold day.

Essential Smoothie

Ingredients

2 tablespoons mixed raw seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, flax etc)
3 ice cubes
200g mixed red/purple berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, strawberries, stoned cherries, brambles etc.)
100g fresh watermelon, seeds included
200g sliken tofu, drained and sliced
750mls rice milk or skimmed milk

Method

Place the seeds in a spice grinder and blitz until pulverised or use a mortar and pestle if you don’t have a grinder.
Place the ice cubes in a blender with all the other ingredients and run of low power until they start to come together, then on full power until the smoothie is creamy and frothy.
Add a little water if it is too thick and strain to remove the seedy, gritty bits.
Transfer half the mixture to a tall glass and refrigerate or freeze the rest for tomorrow. You may need to give it another blitz before serving the other portion.
NB: you can make more of the seed mix in one go and keep it in a dark glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 4 days for convenience.

Beta Carotene Cocktail

Ingredients

3 ice cubes
1 yellow or orange pepper, de-seeded and chopped
1 orange, peeled and chopped
½ small cantaloupe melon, peeled and chopped
4 fresh apricots, cleaned, stoned and chopped
4 cos lettuce leaves, washed and torn
Fresh carrot juice

Method

Blitz the ice cubes, pepper, orange, melon, apricots and lettuce until smooth and add carrot juice until you achieve your desired consistency.

Super Green Smoothie

Ingredients

½ cup/100g baby spinach leaves
½ cup/100g romaine lettuce leaves
½ cup/110mls chilled water
½ cup/110mls unsweetened pineapple juice
1 cup frozen green grapes (bag and put them in the freezer the night before)
½ tablespoon protein powder, powdered greens or chia seeds (quickly grind the seeds in a spice grinder or with a pestle and mortar before adding)

Method

Place the spinach, lettuce and water in a blender and whizz until smooth.
Add the grapes and whizz again until smooth.
Add the pineapple juice and protein powder, powdered greens or ground chia seeds and give the whole lot a final whizz until smooth and frothy.
Serve immediately or flask and sup later but if so, remember to give it a really good shake before serving.

Very Berry Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup/200g frozen mixed berries
½ cup/110mls unsweetened pomegranate or pineapple juice (or a mix)
½ cup/110mls water
½ tablespoon ground almonds
½ tablespoon flaxseed or coconut oil

Method

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and whizz until well-blended and very smooth and frothy.
Serve immediately or flask and sup later but if so, remember to give it a really good shake before serving.