1, 2, 3 … a tricolore of smoothies

what better to start the day than a freshly prepared smoothie? it definitely revives your spirit in the morning and prepares you for the day. having a smoothie maker helps, but if you have a high-speed blender it will do the trick as well.

combining fruits and vegetables in a smoothie is a great thing, giving you the best of both worlds. personally, i am not a big fan of bananas in smoothies, as they tend to give a texture an unwanted sliminess (at least in my opinion) – hence the recipes below are banana-free. i also don’t like my smoothies too sweet, if you like it sweeter, just use more apple.

the recipes below should be enough for two servings.

THE GREEN VARIETY

avocado-smoothie

ingredients:

  • half an apple (the core removed)
  • half an avocado
  • a good handfull of lamb’s lettuce (thoroughly washed)
  • a quarter of a cucumber (peeled)
  • fresh ginger (about the size of half a thumb, peeled)
  • juice of half a lemon

dice all the ingredients, apart from the lamb’s lettuce and add to the smoothie maker or blender. add the lemon juice and enough water (or juice, if you like it sweeter) to have the mixture roughly covered – don’t overdo the liquid, rather use too little and add more if needed during the blending process. blend until smooth and you end up with a nicely green colour.

THE RED VARIETY

beetroot-smoothie

ingredients:

  • half an apple (the core removed)
  • one small to medium size fresh beetroot (peeled)
  • a quarter of a cucumber (peeled)
  • fresh ginger (the size of half a thumb, peeled)
  • juice of half a lemon
  • a slight dash of sesame oil (untoasted), or any other quality vegetable oil

dice all the ingredients and add to the smoothie maker or blender. add the lemon juice, the oil and, as before, as much water as needed to smoothly blend. the fresh beetroot will retain some texture during the blending, which makes this smoothie quite thick and soupy. fresh beetroot is much sweeter than the cooked variety and it balances its earthiness very well. i call this my vampire smoothie 🙂

THE ORANGE VARIETY

carrot-smoothie

ingredients:

  • half an apple (the core removed)
  • one carrot (about 12-15cm in size)
  • a quarter of a cucumber (peeled)
  • fresh ginger (the size of a third of a thumb, peeled)
  • fresh turmeric/kurkuma root (the size of a thumbnail, peeled)
  • juice of half a lemon
  • a  slight dash of sesame oil (untoasted), or any other quality vegetable oil

dice all the ingredients and add to the smoothie maker or blender. add the lemon juice, the oil and, as before, as much water as needed to smoothly blend (you might want to use orange juice instead of water, it uplifts the colour even more). the turmeric adds a wonderful flavour and the colour is like summer sun in a cup.

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as i LOVE ginger, there is ginger featured in all those smoothies (especially as fresh ginger is so good for you!), as to taste you can use less ginger though – a thumbnail in size will do as well. though one can never have enough of a good thing, right?!

(if you wonder about the oil in the smoothies, this is needed for your digestive system to get most of the fat soluble vitamins from mixture – the smoothie with avocado doesn’t need oil, as avocado is quite rich in natural and healthy fat ;))

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