Last year my juicer gave up the ghost. And instead of getting a new one, I replaced it with a Nutribullet. It’s been really popular in the UK of course but I hesitated a long time and just didn’t want to get yet another machine that would end up practically unused.
Now that I live in Paris, my kitchen is… well, of a typically Parisian size – very small. Well, I am SO happy with my new sidekick. I use it practically every day and it is super popular in my workshops too. Participants are sold by its size, its speed, how easily it washes – some have their kids do smoothies, others that are regular work travellers have found that a smoothie for dinner when coming back home is just perfect: wholesome, quick, hassle-free.
Most of my clients suffer from irregular blood sugars and that’s at the root of lots of problems – from digestion to skin issues. So, I much prefer smoothies to juices, simply because they still contain the magical fruit and veg fibres that mean that sugars are assimilated in a much slower, healthier way.
Plus, it’s so easy to make them even more nutritious or therapeutic by adding superfood powders or one of my favourite ingredients – flax seeds. This tiny seed is not only anti-inflammatory, its special fibre sweeps any excess hormonal toxins (especially the xenoestrogens that we pick up from our foods and atmosphere) before expelling them via our stools. Whoosh, out and good bye! A great way to rebalance oestrogen in our bodies.
It’s always best to buy flax whole as it goes rancid very fast. Think it’s hard to mill? Not with the Nutribullet! It’s all pulverised to a beautiful smooth liquid in under a minute with the fruit, veg and water. Just make sure you add enough water especially if you leave a bit of smoothie for later as the flax will thicken it.
WHY GREEN SMOOTHIES?
The goal is to have a nice dose of healing chlorophyll and enzymes to feed all your cells. Start with a ratio of 50/50 fruit to greens (or even 70/30 to get used to the green taste). Your taste buds will quickly get used to the clean feel of this elixir and as they do, you will be able to up the content of veggies to 60, 70 or even 80%. Give it a try, you will probably surprise yourself.
A COUPLE OF TIPS
Be creative. Once you have made a few, you will find it easy to make them with whatever is in your fridge / freezer.
Always have on hand useful ingredients in the freezer: spinach, broccoli, red fruit, mango, pineapple…
Buy a favourite superfood powder or two – flax seeds, wheatgrass or spirulina.
Two great taste transformers: add lemon juice or a few leaves of fresh mint for a fantastic little fresh kick.
- Thumbnail-sized piece of ginger (optional but a great anti-inflammatory)
- 250ml / 1 large mug of filtered water
- 1 stick of celery (optional but adds a great amount of natural sodium)
- 1 handful of kale (or try watercress / baby spinach / romaine lettuce)
- 1 handful of fruit such as apple / pear / kiwi / pineapple
- 1 bunch of parsley
- Optional: lemon juice, mint, 1 tsp of superfood of choice
- Wash the fruit and veg.
- Remove the hard skin from the ginger and peel fruit like pineapple (not necessary for organic apples or pears)
- Chop your veg – if you have a high strength blender or a Nutribullet (or Vitamix) you can be as lazy at chopping as you like!
- Add the harder, more fibrous veg to your blender first, with the water. Then add the rest of your ingredients and blend until smooth. If your blender is not powerful then avoid kale stalks. With the Nutribullet, just put it all in, in whatever order.
Now it’s your turn – what’s your favourite smoothie recipe? Do you have a tip to make yours more flavoursome? Let me know in the blog!