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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Healthy Smoothie & Health Benefits!

The moment I got my Kenwood Smoothie Maker for Christmas was a significant one. I have not stopped making health smoothies since. And I feel good!! Eating healthily really does change the way you feel and I feel so much more energised and happier when I consume a lot of fruit and vegetables. Smoothies are the easiest ways to consume these and taste so much nicer than eating the individual fruits and vegetables themselves. I've tried various smoothies involving Kale and Yoghurt etc, but this fruit one is definitely my favourite.

You will need: Half a lemon, a satsuma, a handful of blueberries, a handful of purple grapes, some blackberries, half a banana and some ice. 
(I sometimes put raspberries in but I didn't have any this day.)


So I put the ice in the jug...

Shove all the fruit in apart from the lemon...





If your lemon has a lot of pips in it, squeeze the lemon juice into a cup first then get the pips out and pour it into your jug.




 Start blending on the low setting to get it going...









This is the final smoothie. There's no artificial sugars or anything unnatural at all - it's literally fruit and ice. It is DELICIOUS and sooooo healthy!

Health Benefits:
  • Lemon: Detoxes the liver (great after a night out!). It also such a good benefit for your skin. The alkaline nature kills some types of bacteria known to cause acne and the citric acid is effective in treating acne too. It contains Vitamin C which is vital for healthy glowing skin. 
  • Blueberries: Full of antioxidants! They are good for memory and lots of cognitive processes. They contain vital vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin K and Manganese.
  • Satsuma/Orange: The obvious benefit here is Vitamin C. This is great for eye health, your skin and much much more!
  • Banana: This makes the smoothie abit creamier and less bitter but most importantly, makes this smoothie super energizing! Banana's contain Potassium which is necessary for good nerve and muscle function as well as maintaining a healthy balance of fluids in the body.
  • Blackberries: Contain anthocyanins which give them their distinct colour. This is known to be cancer preventing! Blackberries also contain Vitamin K and one cup of them has 30% of our daily Fiber intake.
  • Raspberries: If you'd like to incorporate some raspberries into your smoothie, much a like blueberries, you'll be gaining extra antioxidants. These berries have anti cancer and anti ageing properties alongside anthocyanins which help prevent cardiovascular disease.

As you can see, these smoothies are super nutritious and give you the energy you need! I have one most mornings and it really makes me feel energised and ready for the day. Do you like smoothies? If so, which ones?

Lots of Love,

Alice

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  1. That smoothy looks delicious :) I love how its even a dark raspberry colour

    -Shelby
    http://bittersweetshelby.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. It is! Haha yeah and it's all natural :)

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