Sunday, 12 January 2014

Green Smoothie: Kale, Pear and Banana

I love green smoothies and make them often. I’ve been having this for breakfast with my toast or as an after work pre dinner snack. It also works well post workout because one pear contains about one-tenth on an adult’s daily potassium requirement. Potassium is lost when getting your sweat on so combine that with the potassium also found in the Banana and you have a natural recovery drink. Adding a juicy pear to your smoothie offers a new flavour option to any smoothie. They contain both soluble and insoluble fibre which is perfect for easy digestion and to help keep you full for longer.

Banana offers slow release energy and mood enhancing Vitamin B6 which helps to combat tiredness. The glucose in the Banana is the most easily digested sugar and is absorbed instantly. So while that’s giving you a pick me up, the fructose in the Banana is slowly absorbed providing a balanced fuel supply.

Kale is a powerhouse of a leafy green, I love adding it to any smoothie as it is packed full of vitamins like Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin K, plus It is also a great way to get some calcium in there which is great if you don’t eat dairy (like me).

I add coconut water if I have it and always add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice for good measure. I’ve also made this with just water before and it is still tasty!

Whizz up the following:

Half a Banana
One Pear
A packed cup of Kale (make sure you remove the stalk off the leaves as this makes it less bitty in texture)
Half a cup of water and if you have some top the rest up with coconut water if you like!
A Squeeze of Lemon or Lime.
After it is all blended I check if I like the thickness and then add more water accordingly.

Let me know if you give it a try and share any recipes you have!

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