One easy way to make sure you’re getting enough fruit and veg in your diet is by whipping up some delicious and healthy juices and smoothies. You can create a whole rainbow of colourful, healthy drinks with minimal effort.
Simply choose your favourite fruit and vegetables, slice and chop and, finally, drop it all into a blender or juicer and press a button. Et voila! Now you have a convenient drink at hand.
In 2021, boost your overall wellness by trying out some of the great juice and smoothie recipes below.
Fruit and Vegetable Smoothies
Start your day effortlessly with a breakfast smoothie packed with enough fruits and veg to power your morning. This banana oat smoothie takes familiar breakfast porridge oats and combines them with a banana, milk, honey and whatever soft fruit you have at hand (i.e. strawberries, blueberries, mango, etc.) to create a creamy, filling smoothie.
Looking for a healthy post-workout treat packed with protein? This banana smoothie has you covered. It’s bursting with banana, prunes, almond milk and almond butter (or any nut butter of your choice) for a long-lasting energy boost.
You may have also heard of green smoothies. Find out what the hype’s about with this delicious kale smoothie, which combines kale, avocado, lime, pineapple and a handful of other fresh ingredients. You’ll be glad to start your mornings with this.
You might be a bit reticent when it comes to trying vegetable juices, especially if you think they will be tasteless and ‘too healthy.’ Worry not! To ease into the wonderful world of veg juice, you can always sweeten pure vegetable juice with a dollop of honey, or you can use apple juice (or any other fruit juice) as your base.
This antioxidant-packed power juice recipe features the fun combination of cabbage and blueberries, which creates a lovely purple coloured drink. You’ll just need a medium red cabbage, refreshing cucumber, fresh blueberries (though frozen ones will do in a pinch) and an apple.
If your taste buds are up for it, you can go for a vegetable juice that’s a lot less heavy on the fruit and places a greater emphasis on the veg. This tomato-vegetable juice recipe is basically a salad in a glass, but with far less salt than traditional bottled vegetable juices. What’s more, the jalapeno in this recipe gives this healthy juice a spicy kick.
Fruit juices are perfect when served chilled over the summer, but they are just as revitalising any day of the year. Take this mango-pineapple juice recipe, for example. This healthy drink is bursting with vitamin C, natural orange colouring and refreshing flavour, thanks to the mango, pineapple and tangy lime included in the mix. When you’re finished juicing, you can even toss in chia seeds to replace some of the fibre lost in the juicing process.
This fennel, blueberry and apple juice recipe is also packed with vitamin C. Also present is plenty of folate, fibre and healthy goodness to keep your energy levels up throughout your day. Pair a glass of this juice with your breakfast to start your day right.
Until next time…