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Described as ‘the most antioxidant rich super food in the world’ Matcha is the ground leaves of the green tea plant. Favoured in Japanese tea houses for centuries, this little green powder packs a powerful punch in terms of goodness. It burns fat, fights cancer, increases your concentration and boosts your energy.
With the lighter evenings and the wonderful glimpses of sunshine we’ve had in London over the last few days it feels like spring is on the way. So I thought I’d bring a little more sunshine into your day by rustling up a new smoothie.
I’m an advocate of buying local and supporting those unsung heroes of the high street; the individuals, the one off businesses who work hard and keep the character of our high streets unique. One of these is my local fruit and vegetable stall. Every week, I’ll pop along and buy a selection of whatever they have and then make something out of it. It’s great fun as it challenges me to think more about what I’m eating, as well as be more creative with my cooking, rather than sticking to the same old recipes.
This week they had an abundance of blackberries and mangos so here’s my little smoothie experiment! I call it the Purple Perk Me Up as it’s refreshing, revitalizing and a great way to start the day.
1 Mango –flesh chopped into chunks
Handful of Spinach
250ml Coconut Water
2 Dessertspoons of Linwood’s Milled Flaxseed with bio cultures & Vitamin D
Blend the coconut water and spinach first, then add the rest of the ingredients and whizz until fully mixed. There’s enough for two so share the love around and give a glass to someone who looks in need of a perk me up too.
The Science bit
Apart from being fresh and tasty, this smoothie is full of goodness. The blackberries are rich in bioflavonoids and Vitamin C; the dark colour ensures blackberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits. Antioxidants are well-known for lowering the risk of a number of cancers. Blackberries also have a healthy dose of Vitamin K which helps the muscles to relax.
Mangoes are an excellent source of Vitamin-A and flavonoids, which have been known to have antioxidant properties and are essential for vision. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy skin. Mangoes are also a good source of potassium, which is an important component of cell and body fluids and helps control the heart rate and blood pressure.
I’ve added the Linwoods flaxseed with vitamin D to boost the vitamin D levels after all the long, dark nights of winter. What’s also good about this particular flaxseed mix is it contains good bacteria for a healthy gut, great for improving digestion. And finally, it also contains Omega 3, which contributes to healthy blood and cholesterol levels.
The science bit done, it’s just really tasty so give it a go and let me know what you think!
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Summer Workout Smoothie
So I came up with this recipe recently when the London weather hit 28 degrees celsius (or that’s 82 Fahrenheit for my US friends)- I thought I’d try and create a drink that can double up as a meal pre workout. My summer workout smoothie has got protein, vitamins and minerals and it packs a punch with antioxidants (great for combating the effects of all that sunshine on your skin). Oh, and it’ll give you a fab boost, of energy.
250 ml Unsweetened Almond Milk
2 whole cooked beetroots (diced)
2 handfuls of blueberries
Nice and easy this one, put all the ingredients in your blender and whizz away until smooth- just don’t wear white whilst you’re making it if you’re prone to the odd spill as you’ll end up covered in purple spots! Enjoy!