Smoothie Talk: Think green to get up and go

Think green. A green smoothie recipe

Has your get up and go gotten up and gone? Some days are harder to get going than others. Mondays. February. First day back at work after a long weekend or break. The last week of a three-week gig that includes being on the train by 6 am. Or, is that every day? Yep. If that sounds like you, then maybe it’s time to try a smoothie.

Think green

To keep your smoothie on the light side, think green. Here’s a quick recipe that’s sure to open your eyes.

Green for Go Smoothie

  • 1 – 2 celery stick(s), rinsed (peel the strings if that’s your thing)
  • 1 cup raw spinach leaves (rinse thoroughly)
  • Half of a medium-sized cucumber (sliced)
  • 2 sprigs of fresh mint (4 – 10 leaves depending on how sleepy you’re feeling)
  • 2 cups of water (if you like coconut water, go for it)
  • 1/3 cup of Greek yogurt (full-fat, low-fat or no-fat – as you like)
  • 2 teaspoons sunflower seeds (optional)
  • Half a green apple (optional)

Put everything into your high-powered blender and mix until smooth. Decant and drink with gusto.

Spinach vs. kale

If you are new to green smoothies, skip the kale until you’re a convert. I’m not disputing the wonders of kale, just offering the newbie smoothie makers out there an alternative. Because kale is on the bitter side, you might be tempted to sweeten with honey and fruit. As I’m a spinach lover, I’m happy to load the blender with the stuff.

Water, life in every drop

Hydration is important. Water will keep your brain and bowels happy. Don’t skip the water. If you feel like you’re drowning while downing a glass, then sip it all day long. Some people are natural water drinkers. If you are not, a natural water baby, try keeping your coffee mug topped up with water instead of caffeinated beverages.

Think spa water. Consider adding mint or cucumber slices to a clean jar or jug of water. Keep it on the shelf you see first when opening the fridge. Probably best not to leave your garnished water sitting in the refrigerator for more than 24 hours.

Protein, fiber, and five a day

Keep whatever you eat for breakfast balanced. Ticking the boxes of protein, fiber, fruit, and vegetables is a good start for anyone. On the go means you need something fast. Smoothies are quick and easy options that can get you through the commute right through to lunch.

Mix it up and take it slow

Breakfast can be slow too. Why not treat yourself a few times a week to a more elaborate spread. Healthy options can include whole grain or sourdough toast topped with smoked salmon; a poached egg that oozes over wilted spinach and asparagus; or, an omelet loaded with spring onions, sliced Romano peppers, and smoked paprika.

If you’re a vegetarian, a homemade Hot and Sour soup will definitely make your eyes pop. Too radical? Yogurt plus any fruit with seeds is light and energizing. Another favorite is watermelon with a light crumbling of feta cheese. Not keen on cheese? Swap the feta for a sprinkle of cinnamon.