Monday, August 13, 2012

Clean eating: Smoothie (part 3)

Good morning !

I wanted to share my most basic smoothie recipe ever. This is the base to all my weirder experiments (including beetroot smoothie, goji and cloudberry smoothie etc). This is also the smoothie I recommend to my nutritional coaching clients, just to get them hooked on berrylicious flavours (and to wean them off sugary treats in the morning). I'm really into making smoothies for recovery drinks. The consistency is a lot different, since I use protein powder and other supplements with the basic recipe. I'll reveal my secret protein shake to you some other time.

As you have seen in the previous smoothie posts (here and here), the smoothies are really easy to make. If I have a really busy morning, I usually place the ingredients in the blender the night before (and the blender in the fridge, ofc). I'm a regular multitasker in the morning: I usually brush my hair or apply my make up while the smoothie is mixing in the blender. If I'm in a real hurry, I'll pour the smoothie in a protein shaker and drink it on the go. "Fast food" ;) So no excuses for skipping breakfast!

Clean eating blueberry and strawberry smoothie (Makes 2-3 servings)

1 banana
200-250g quark
2-3 dl blueberries and strawberries
2-3 dl water
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
pinch of Himalayan salt or unprocessed sea salt

Place everything in blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
The smoothie can be stored in the fridge for up to two days.

Tip #1: As before, try using different berries and fruits: whatever you have in your cupboards. Anything goes, as long as it's fresh (or freezed) - try to avoid canned products, especially if the fruits are conserved in glucose syrup.
Tip #2: For a dairy-free smoothie, replace the quark with coconut milk, rice milk or almond milk. I'm really loving the quark, because it's packed with protein to keep me satisfied all morning. Being creative is always a plus - so keep mixing it up with different bases ! Chilled herbal or green tea works really well as a base, as you may already know.
Tip #3: If you're used to making smoothies for one, you can store the rest of the banana in the freezer. Cut it up in "coins" and place it in the freezer - it makes a delicious snack or a base for your smoothies later in the week. One option is to make a bigger smoothie and freezing it in popsicle moulds for later. Mmmm...
Tip #4: Use different sources of fiber, changing it every week. Psyllium, flaxseed, chia seeds, other seeds and brans work wonders in your GI.

I love this smoothie because I always store these ingredients at home. My freezer is always packed with berries, a few peeled bananas, grapes and spinach, I always keep quark in my fridge - and my cupboards are always filled with herbal teas.

Here's to a beautiful day!



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