Feeling hungry? Don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen?
Then consider making a smoothie!
Whenever I’m feeling lazy and I just want a quick energy boost, I make a smoothie.
All you need are a few basic ingredients and a blender. In less than a minute, you can have a wholesome snack that is packed full of nutrients.
So here it is! This is my favourite brain boosting smoothie recipe:
Chocolate blueberry smoothie
2 tablespoons of cocoa or cacao powder (no added sugar)
2 tablespoons of flaxseed
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
1 cup of blueberries
½ cup of frozen zucchini
Handful of greens
Handful of almonds
1 ripe banana
2-3 medjool dates (seeds removed)
¼- ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder
2 cups of water
Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blitz for 1-2 minutes (depending on how powerful your blender is). Blitz until completely smooth (you don’t want any big chunks).
Note: This recipe produces a lot of smoothie. You don’t need to consume all of it in one sitting. I usually pour any extra smoothie into a jar and store in the fridge to have later in the day.
Ditch the Protein Powders
I used to add a scoop of store bought protein powder to my smoothies. But then I realised I could save a lot of money and avoid a lot of nasty chemical additives by making my own.
In her book Simplicious Flow Sarah Wilson shares a simple and easy protein powder you can make at home.
DIY Protein Powder
300g chia seeds
3 cups hemp seeds
50g maca powder
Note: You can get these ingredients from most bulk food stores and major supermarkets (look in the health food section).
Mix together and store in a jar in your fridge. Whenever you’re making a smoothie, throw a quarter cup of this mixture in. This is much better than the overly packaged and ultra-processed protein powders that you get at the shops.
To sum up
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to making smoothies. You don’t have to stick to strict measurements and specific ingredients.
But if you’re totally new to the world of smoothie making, try my smoothie recipe and see how you go.