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Green smoothie

Many people don’t have a problem with doing exercise. In fact, I enjoy my visits to the gym and know how to break a sweat. However, I was at a point where I was heading to the gym 5 times a week and working out hard but still not seeing the results I wanted.

It was later on that I learnt the importance of my diet and nutritional intake. I am a slave to food, I live to eat and I love chocolate! This made it so hard to watch my diet. If you want to see results in your fitness/health journey, you need to remember that exercise is only 20% of the formula to success.

I had to switch something up. And then came my Breville  healthy smoothie maker… This convenient new addition to my kitchen revolutionized my mornings. It’s simplicity is what makes it so popular. All you have to do is put in the ingredients, blend and go! Perfect for breakfast while making your way to work or if you want something light but filling in the evening post workout.

At the beginning, I was obsessed with my banana and berry smoothie, which I basically had for breakfast every day straight for two weeks. But too much of something good gets bad and while fruit smoothies taste amazing they are also notorious for the sugar intake. So I had to find ways to switch up my smoothie routine, especially to try and get more greens in.

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I generally follow this rule of thumb, however, cut everything down by half in terms of portions if you are using  Blendactive. Here is the first recipe I tried:

  • Half a cup of spinach
  • A cup of Coconut water
  • One slightly overripe banana
  • One cut apple
  • A bit of grated ginger
  • Half an Avocado
  • Flax Seed and Goji berry mixture (1 tablespoon)

A great way to add an extra boost of nutrition in your smoothie is to get Acai powder, Chia seeds, Flax seeds and Goji berry involved. I recommend ordering these on Amazon or getting the Linwood mixture available in most supermarkets.

Here is another recipe, which I like to call the tropical thunder:

  • Half a handful of spinach
  • ¼ Avocado
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • ½ cup Frozen pineapple
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon Acai powder
  • 1 table spoon Goji berry and flax seed mix

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Another variation of the green healthy smoothie that I absolutely enjoy:

  • Handful of parsley
  • Handful of Spinach
  • Half Avocado
  • 1 stalk of Celery
  • Coconut Water
  • Cut Mango

 

I try to avoid carbs in the evening so green smoothies are the best way to get my nutrients in. Add some protein powder too for a great post-workout drink!

What are your favourite home-made smoothie recipes?

This article was written by Mel at www.mel-adela.com. If you want to find better, tastier ways to get your nutrition, have a look at my blog where I will be sharing more healthy recipes a long with my fitness journey.

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