Food Focus: Smoothies
Smoothies are a great way of eating more fruit and veg without having to do too much preparation. And sometimes, drinking something rather than eating is easier.
Unlike juice, smoothies are made with all the goodness and fibre in the fruit and veg so you don’t miss out on vitamins and minerals and you don’t get sudden, big rise in your sugar levels because you’re also taking in the fibre which slows down the rate the sugar goes into our blood. This means we get a steadier flow of energy from the foods.
As it’s summer, smoothies seemed like a very good idea so I thought I’d include some recipes over the next few weeks.
All you need is a blender to pop everything into, then whizz it until it’s as smooth as you like it. If you only have a hand blender I imagine this would work too.
Here’s a simple one to start with. If there’s anything here you don’t like, just swap it for something you do!
Carrot & Cucumber Cooler One third of an orange Half a carrot A quarter of a cucumber 100ml of water 6 ice cubes (you can do it without these)
If you like ginger, grate some up or add some ground ginger – it makes it even more yum!
This gives you 2.5 of your 5 a day – hoorah!
Quote of the Week At the end of the day we can endure much more than we think we can. Frida Khalo
Top Tip of the Week If you tend to snack on biscuits/sweets or junk food when you’re feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, try keeping a bowl of grapes or tangerines handy. You may find you can get into the habit of reaching for them instead of foods high in sugar, salt and fat.