Pink grapefruit & strawberry frappe

VEGAN | RAW | GLUTEN FREE | DAIRY FREE | PALEO | LOW FRUCTOSE | JERF

I have never done a juice fast, nor do I plan on ever doing one but I do love adding a blended smoothie / frappe every so often to get a massive nutrient hit in a condensed form (eg 3 cups of spinach blended down to approx 1 tspn, you know what I mean?).

This guy is low fructose for all the IQSers & with the amount of ginger I spiked mine with, I’m hoping all bugs will stay away.

INGREDIENTS

1 pink grapefruit (mine was approx 400g, down to about 275g when peeled)

10 strawberries (approx 150g)

10 ice cubes (approx 100g)

1 tablespoon mint

Ginger, to your taste – I used about a dessert spoon full

METHOD

Throw all ingredients into the Thermomix or your preferred blender, whizz until well liquified. I used speed 6 for 10-15 seconds.

Drink immediately.

Makes 2 glasses, or if you’re greedy like me, you can polish off the whole thing on your own

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Spinach strawb blood orange juice

What it lacks in looks, it makes up for in both taste and nutrients…now that the boys rugby season is over, we have spent the last two Saturdays at Orange Grove Market. One of my favourite fruits, the lemonade fruit has been irresistible so I figured at this time of year while flu & are the nasty bugs continue to circulate, I’d dose up on nutrients in the hopes that when we head to the UK in two weeks we will all be well.

SIX INGREDIENTS

150g strawberries

130g blood orange (1, average size)

150g lemonade fruit (1, large)

50g spinach

100g coconut water (or water)

Ginger, to taste. I like mine with some kick!

Blend all ingredients (I don’t juice) & try to ignore the awful colour it becomes because it really is delicious!

Choc PB avo smoothie

VEGAN | GLUTEN-FREE | DAIRY-FREE
NO ADDED CANE SUGAR, AGAVE, MAPLE SYRUP, COCONUT SUGAR OR DATES

A few friends have asked about a quick, easy breakfast smoothie. Here’s one which is packed with protein (chia seeds, PB, protein powder) & good fats (whole avo)

1.5 – 2 small bananas
2 tablespoons organic cacao
1 tablespoon organic pea protein powder (I use Naked Foods brand)
1 avocado
1 tablespoon chia seeds
Water

METHOD
1. Throw the chia seeds into a bowl with 1/4 cup water. Soak for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
2. Throw all ingredients into the blender (I’ve used an Omniblend) & whizz until at desired consistency. Drink immediately – like you could wait anyway 😉

banana berry smoothie bowl

There’s something indulgent but delicious about having a smoothie bowl for breakfast. I absolutely love this combination & could have a variation of it most days for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

INGREDIENTS
2 bananas
1 cup frozen organic berries (berries tend to be highly sprayed crops so I recommend buying organic where possible)
2 tablespoons chia seeds, soaked in 1/4 cup water for 5 minutes
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons cacao (cacao is the raw, unprocessed version of cocoa so contains many more nutrients)
OPTIONAL: 1 tspn cinnamon powder, 1 tspn vanilla powder, flaked almonds to top

METHOD
1. Turn the stove onto low – in a small pan, mix the cacao & coconut oil
2. Once chia seeds have formed a gel, tip bananas, berries & chia seeds into the blender, along with vanilla & cinnamon if you are using it. I use an Omniblend which is great for smoothies. Blend until well combined. I like mine thick but if you prefer it more of a ‘drinkable’ texture, add a little water / coconut water / coconut milk / almond milk.
3. Pour banana berry mixture into a bowl
4. Slowly pour the cacao mix on top – it should set almost immediately into a crunchy ice-magic like sauce
5. EAT!

 

Green smoothie 

Here’s a tip, a can of coconut milk can look intimidating & in the past, I’ve avoiding opening one, thinking I won’t be able to finish the whole thing: freeze it into individual ice cubes (in my case, heart shaped).

Following my naturopath visit on Friday, I realised I did need to pump the nutritional value of my smoothies, but am not yet willing to put in a raw egg (although my brother swears by it).

1 x avocado

4 x coconut milk ice cubes

1 x banana

1 big handful of baby spinach

A sprinkle of Heilala vanilla powder

Top with organic strawberries & a sprinkle of chia seeds

METHOD

Blend all ingredients placing baby spinach in blender first, then vanilla powder, then heavy ingredients on top.

If required, slowly add a bit of water to get your desired consistency. Mine was pretty thick 

   
 

BB smoothie | raw vegan P GF DF RSF

I bought some beautiful fat beetroots at our local growers markets (Orange Grove in Lilyfield) on Saturday & instantly had grand plans on how to use them. I roasted one last night in a bit of olive oil & ate them simply on a bed of freshly picked watercress & rocket from my Mum’s community garden. 

Next up on the list was a beetroot smoothie. I haven’t made one in ages but was confident that my sons would like it due to the colour. This smoothie is so simple & a really delicious start to the day.

INGREDIENTS

2 bananas, frozen overnight

1 medium beetroot, peeled & cut into quarters

1 tablespoon chia seeds, soaked in 1/4 cup coconut water 

1 teaspoon vanilla powder (I recommend Heilala brand – it has nothing added & a delicious flavour)

Throw all ingredients into your blender (I use the Omniblend) & blend until you get the desired consistency. 

 

Berry & Apple crumble smoothie | vegan DF GF RSF

Refined sugar free, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan.

Baked apples
2 Fuji apples, peeled, cored & quartered
1 tspn cinnamon
1 tspn ginger
Bake at 160 degrees for about 20 mins, wrapped in baking paper & foil.
Remove from the oven, open up & let it cool down.

Bake the crumble at the same time as the apples (each only need a small oven tray)
1/3 cup almond meal
1 tspn coconut
2 tspns coconut oil
1 tspn rice malt syrup (add more if you want it sweeter but the smoothie is already sweet enough)
Mix all ingredients together
Bake at 160 degrees for 7-10 minutes.
Keep an eye on it – if it starts going brown, take out immediately.

Blend:
Baked apples (once cooled)
1 orange (zest & all of inside)
1/2 cup frozen berries
1/4 cup Natural Raw C coconut water

Pour the smoothie in the glass then top w crumble.

The flavours are very wintry – the combination of baked apples, cinnamon, ginger & orange are lovely.

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