We've been lapping up the London sun this past week. Considering we don't get many clear blue skies in this city, we've been counting our blessings and pretending it's summer.
This has helped make our busy (working) weekends a bit more bearable. It has also given me a great excuse to practice some fresh smoothie recipes for the impending summer. Just last Sunday I came up with this wee number to keep our energy levels up. It consists of fresh spinach, lime juice, cucumber, kiwi fruit, chia seeds, and coconut milk - I call it the 'Cucumber & Lime Punch Smoothie.'
Benefits For Your Body
Spinach and Lime are both great sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a wonderful nutrient to support strong and supple skin. In many ways, it could be considered an anti-aging vitamin. Also, regularly consuming these foods helps build up protection against colds and the flu. It is important to understand that consuming Vitamin C foods to protect ourselves against sickness will only be effective if we have consumed these foods over a long period of time and have built up a storage unit (of sorts) of protection. Eating these foods (or taking supplements) just when we get sick will not help.
Cucumber primarily consists of water, which makes it a wonderful hydrating vegetable - one to enjoy in abundance over the summer.
Kiwi fruits are not only delicious, but they come in handy if you experience digestive disrupt. Clients of mine who suffer from IBS, constipation, SIBO or digestive pain, I always recommend consuming one kiwi fruit each day. These fuzzy fruits a full of indigestible seeds, which act as food for our digestive tract and keep our bowels healthy.
Lastly, coconut cream is a great addition to smoothies as it contains a good amount of quality fat, not heaps, but enough to assist the use of available fat-soluble vitamins. In fact I always suggest eating fruits and vegetables wth some kind of fat. For example, at dinner I melt grass-fed butter over steamed broccoli. The thing to watch out for in coconut milk are added preservatives and what kinds of packets / bottles it comes in. Some cartons have BPA in the lining, which we know can increase levels of oestrogen.
Does anyone know of any quality brands selling coconut milk in the UK that don't add unwanted preservatives and are stored in safe containers?
Cucumber & Lime Punch Smoothie
2 large handfuls of fresh spinach
2 kiwifruits, pealed and put in fours
juice of one lime
1/4 cucumber, cut in soldiers
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 1/2 cups chilled filtered water
2 ice cubes
- Place all ingredients, except for the ice cubes, in a blender.
- Blitz for 1 minute.
- Place ice cubes in the bottom of two smoothie cups.
- Fill both glasses with your smoothie and enjoy!
Feed, nourish, value yourself.