Smoothies have been my go-to snack for the past few months. Back in college, I never understood what the craze for a smoothie was for – why drink a fruit juice when you can eat them?
I still stand by the fact that you must eat your fruit and not drink it, but on horrible mornings where I am always running late, a smoothie is much easier to handle on the go, fills up your stomach, and the sweet fruits mask the unsavoury tastes of other good-for-you ingredients.
A smoothie is a great way to take in some of your daily nutritional requirements by adding fruits, coconut water or green tea, leafy veggies, a spoon of chia seeds, flax seeds, ginger, amlas, celery, cucumber, beets… the list goes on.
Here I tried something slightly heavier, and with a caffeine kick, which is much needed on hard mornings. The chocolate helps mask the bananas (which I don’t fancy much).
The banana is a good source of potassium, energy and natural sugars, strawberries for the fruit quota, espresso for the caffeine.
Chia seeds: These tiny small black seeds are packed with so much nutrition you will be delightfully surprised! Chia seeds are high in phosphorous, fibre, protein, Omega 3 fatty acids, and many more health enhancing properties – there’s a reason why it’s labelled under superfoods!
Later this week, I shall be posting more easy to make, nutritious and energy boosting smoothies.
- 1 banana
- 3-4 big strawberries
- 1 tbsp chocolate chips
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- ½ cup espresso coffee (cooled)
- Mix all the ingredients together in a Vitamix or smoothie maker.
- Ideally, drink immediately.
- To serve:
- Put a few chocolate chips on top.