Oh boy, have I had an absolute plethora of requests for this from you guys! And it makes me so chuffed! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed me testing out some smoothie recipes this week. Its actually stimulated a lot of motivation for me, so thank you for that!
I’ll start this all off with a very detailed request from Ainslie, sent via Facebook:
“Hi Miranda, how are you? I need some inspiration from you please 🙂 I really struggle eating in the mornings, it makes me feel really ill when I eat so I’m looking into having smoothies for breakfast so I’m getting something rather than skipping breakfast all together. Do you have any recommendations on good smoothie recipes that will give me everything I need and really help to boost my metabolism? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks 🙂“
Thanks for your request Ainslie, I’ve developed a few recipes for you that are sure to increase your metabolism, and what sounds like a sluggish digestive system – your tummy will be rumbling in no time!
A Few Tips
Make sure when you prepare your ingredients, you chop them into smaller chunks (2-3cm) to help your blender out a little.
For each smoothie, pop the ingredients all into your blender and blend for at least 2 minutes (or as per the instructions for your own blender)
The green smoothies are much better as an add-on to a meal, or a snack, rather than a meal replacement as they don’t have much protein, a nutrient you need for energy (so have them with a veggie omelette, like my Omnomnomelette), while the Strawberry Sweetheart and the Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream have protein for lasting energy.
My Go-To Green Smoothie
I perfected this gem a couple of years ago and its a perfect one to start with when it comes to green smoothies. Its got plenty of vitamins and minerals to get your skin glowing, while the ginger gets your blood flowing and warms up your digestive system (getting that appetite going and helping you to digest your food, making the most of what you’re eating).
2 stalks celery
1 pink lady apple
1 generous handful of baby spinach
2 cm fresh ginger, peeled
1 cup cold water
1/2 cup ice
Unlike the other smoothies, this one has a tiny bit of prep, but it’s as simple as pouring the chia seeds into a small bowl, covering with either coconut water or unsweetened almond milk, giving it a stir and letting it sit for at least a couple of hours (so you can do it before you go to bed for the next morning’s smoothie). This not only makes the chia seed shells break open, making the nutrients more available, but the seeds swell, giving them a gelatinous texture that helps to thicken this naturally sweet smoothie.
The chia seeds supply calcium, omega3s and fibre, while the coconut yoghurt has probiotics (good bacteria) to help the function of your gut and immune system.
2tb chia seeds
1 cup coconut water OR unsweetened almond milk
1 cup fresh strawberries (about 8), leaves removed
1/2 cup coconut yoghurt OR natural yoghurt
Soak the chia seeds overnight in the coconut water or almond milk (almond milk will make this more creamy). Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.
Like the Go-To Green Smoothie, this smoothie is a good way to up your vegetable intake and get your digestive system firing. It’s a lovely and refreshing smoothie after a long day, with electrolytes in the coconut water for hydration. The bromelain, found in the core of the pineapple, is a digestive enzyme that not only helps breakdown the food you consume, but encourages the natural production of your own digestive enzymes.
1 slice of pineapple, cut 1cm thick, skin removed
A generous handful of baby spinach
Pulp of 1 fresh passionfruit
1 cup coconut water
1/2 cup ice
Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream
Okay, I must admit, this one is probably the best of the bunch, and oh-so addictive. The only sugar in this comes from the banana, but it’s sweetness is subtle, with a depth of flavour balanced nicely with the hit of salt and peanut butter. The protein powder makes this more of a meal (I used the Michelle Bridges chocolate flavour from Blackmores) and will provide you with steady energy throughout the day. You may become rather addicted if you’re not careful!
1 frozen banana
1 serve of chocolate protein powder
1tsp ground cinnamon
1 heaped tablespoon natural peanut butter
1tsp rice malt syrup
A pinch of natural sea salt/Murray River pink salt
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (vanilla flavour, or just add the seeds of a natural vanilla bean)
To garnish, 1 tbl chopped cashews and a sprinkle of cinnamon
Don’t forget to show me your creations on Facebook and Instagram (@mirandaswellness) with the hashtag #mirandaswellness – I’d love to see which ones you’ve tried!