Snack on a Smoothie

Recipe by Lucy Hyland

Serves: 2 Prep Time: 10 mins 

I thought I would throw this one in just to stir things up! Smoothies, touted by the industry as uber healthy, can be loaded with sugars, just like cordials and soft drinks. I know, I’m hearing you cry, ‘But these are fruit sugars, they must be good for us’ and yes you are right. In fact all natural sugars, had in the correct balance and amount, are generally ok.

However, you might find it hard to sit down and eat an apple, a punnet of strawberries, a banana, a few oranges and a squeeze of lime all in one sitting. It’s simply too much sugar in one hit. So I’ve reduced down the sugar load of this smoothie by using slower release sugars found in berries and adding proteins and fats to slow the absorption of sugar into the system.

Ingredients

  • 1 large handful of spinach
  • 2 tablespoons of low fat yogurt
  • 1 apple
  • 1 handful of fresh or frozen berries
  • 1 heaped tsp of your favourite nut butter
  • Water

Method

  1. Place the nut butter, spinach, berries and apple in a liquidizer and add a small amount of water.
  2. Whizz till the spinach is well liquidised.
  3. Add the yogurt and as much water as you want (I usually add about one large glass) and whizz again until well blended.

Nutritional Benefits

This is a recipe rich in phytonutrients that can help preserve your body’s healthy cells during and after treatment. The extra zing you will get from the berries and lime will be great for people who experience changes to the way foods and fluids taste before, during or after their treatment. The soluble fibre in particular we get from fruits and vegetables are great for promoting gut health and achieving normal bowel motions.