Vass Smoothie

I’ve just returned from a holiday in Vasiliki in Greece and this smoothie was the smoothie of the day at my hotel.  I had it on my first day and then asked what the smoothie was the following day – it was the same smoothie every day because this was the one everyone liked best!  I’ve tried to recreate it at home to bring back some sunshine to a rather damp and dull morning.  It’s simple, fresh and sunny.

Vass Smoothie

  • 200ml fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon goji berries
  • large chunk of fresh ginger
  • 1 banana

Blend it all together.

 

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Coco Beet Smoothie

I love the deep purple beetroot colour of this smoothie, it’s a great hydrating healthy smoothie with a bit of zing. I drank this after a short morning run and felt quite virtuous until at least lunchtime.

I used frozen pear which helps to cool the drink as well – I think beetroot smoothies taste better when very cold.  If you use fresh then add a couple of ice cubes to chill it down.

Coco Beet Smoothie (serves one)

Beet smoothie 2

  • 250ml Coconut water
  • Raw fresh beetroot – peeled. Approx. 80g
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 pear (frozen slices or fresh)
  • Fresh ginger – about 1cm square

Blend it all together.

Kiwi Kale Smoothie

Sunday morning after a few chips and cocktails last night means a healthy brekkie was required. No long run this morning but the prospect of a lovely lunch.  So I’m back on the green smoothies to make room for more lunch later.  Coconut water is great after exercise (or drinking) – definitely a top rehydration fluid.

Kiwi is another fruit that mixes brilliantly with coconut flavours and the hint of sesame from the tahini works well. The kale and the pear take second stage in this smoothie but do add to the texture and colour so don’t miss them out.

Kiwi Kale Smoothie (serves one)

kale tahini smoothie

  • 200ml Coconut water
  • Kale – a handful
  • Kiwi – one peeled and chopped
  • Pear – one cored and chopped
  • Tahini – 2 teaspoons

Blend it all together

 

P & T Smoothie

I still had some papaya to use up this morning so I opted for another smoothie. I find that papaya makes quite a bulky smoothie because it’s such a fleshy fruit so I think it works best with a mix of milk and water to get a thinner consistency.  Getting the right combination has taken me a while but I think this P&T mix works and it’s great to find another use for Tahini other than hummus.

P&T Smoothie (serves one)

P&T smoothie

  • 1/2 a Papaya – deseeded and peeled
  • 2 teaspoons of Tahini
  • 100ml Coconut milk
  • 200ml water
  • Some fresh mint leaves (around 6 big ones)
  • A small handful of fresh spinach (I put in a little less than I would normally do)
  • 2 ice cubes

Blend it all together.

Super refuel smoothie

Yesterday I completed the endurance race that I’ve been training and carb loading for. This meant my post race breakfast this morning needed to be filling and kick-start the restoration of my battered muscles.

I don’t often use protein powder, but I think it does help with recovery after particularly long or difficult sessions.  I use unflavoured whey protein which I find bland enough not to add any significant flavour – in fact I’ve had this smoothie minus the protein powder and it doesn’t taste much different.

It may be a while before I’m walking normally but hopefully this is a good way to start.

Super refuel smoothie (serves one)

post build smoothie

  • 100ml coconut milk
  • 200ml almond milk
  • 100ml water
  • 2 fresh figs
  • 1 banana
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 teaspoon almond butter
  • 1 dessert spoon of whey protein powder (unflavoured)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • A good sprinkle of cinnamon

Blend everything together.

You could add a bit more water if you wanted a thinner consistency – but this should slide up a straw nicely.

 

The Resetter Smoothie

My diet has been very carb focused for the past few days and today I woke up feeling rather heavy and just wanted something really light. I call this my Resetter smoothie because it’s very low fat, very light and helps me to reset my carb cravings (for a while).

I usually like to use frozen pears as it adds a nice chill to the drink but fresh is good too.  I struggle to find pears that are just the right ripeness, they always seem to be too hard or overripe, so when I find some in the shops that are just right, I buy a load, core and chop them into slices and freeze them. They work brilliantly in smoothies.

I added a date because I wanted just a tiny bit more body but you could easily leave it out for a super light drink.

The Resetter Smoothie (serves 1)

Resetter smoothie

  • A handful of kale and spinach (that’s one handful, half spinach and half kale, not one handful of each)
  • Chunk of cucumber (about 4cm)
  • Cube of fresh ginger (about 1cm)
  • 1 pear (fresh or use frozen slices)
  • 1 medjool date (or 2 smaller ones) – or you can miss this out
  • 200ml water (add a bit more for a thinner smoothie)
If you used fresh pear – then add an ice cube or two to the blender to make a cooler smoothie

Blend it all together

 

The Snicky Smoothie

I woke up feeling hungry and thirsty – this is happening a lot at the moment due to upping my running mileage.  Although to be fair even if I do nothing I always wake up hungry. I wanted a quick filling breakfast so went for my favourite quick smoothie plus some extra toast on the side.  I’ve called this my Snicky smoothie because the taste reminds me a little bit of a snickers bar, although probably a little healthier.  The spinach lessens the guilt and you really can’t taste it at all.

The Snicky Smoothie (serves one)

Snicky Smoothie

  • 250ml almond milk (I use unsweetened)
  • A handful of fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 tsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp peanut butter
  • 1 medjool date (or 2 smaller ones if you don’t have these)
  • A banana (I save a bit of my banana for my toast)

Blend it all together.