Monday, 1 June 2015

Recipes: Top five NutriBullet smoothies PLUS 21-day Snack Happy Challenge

A few weeks back, I finally took the plunge and ordered a NutriBullet. After seeing so many tempting instagram snaps and Pinterest recipes, I couldn't resist. About the same time, the Almond Board of California got in touch with me to ask if I'd like to take their 21-day Snack Happy Challenge. The stars had aligned perfectly.

I've been snacking on a handful of almonds every day this month, and including them in my favourite smoothie recipes, which I'm sharing with you today in the first of three posts.

Why almonds? 

  • A handful of almonds (30g) provide approximately 65% of your daily requirement of vitamin E.
  • Almonds are a high source of fibre, are packed with healthy, unsaturated fats and are a natural source of protein.
  • Almonds are rich in calcium, which is needed for the maintenance of normal bones and teeth.
  • Almonds are a high source of magnesium, which contributes to reducing tiredness and fatigue.
  • Almonds provide linoleic acid, which contributes to maintaining normal cholesterol levels.
  • Just a handful of these noble nuts is all you need to up your daily nutrient intake. Pop them in your handbag to snack on-the-go in your moments of need.

Mango and coconut smoothie

This is a really delicious and filling breakfast smoothie, one to try if you're a fan of more exotic flavours. 

Handful spinach
1 mango, peeled and chopped
1 banana, peeled
60ml coconut milk
250ml coconut water
1/4 tsp turmeric
30g almonds

Blend, adding ice if you like your smoothie cool. 

Strawberry shortcake

I've tried quite hard to sneak all kinds of nutrient-rich ingredients into my kids' smoothies - sometimes they buy it, other times not. This is a failsafe recipe that always goes down a treat.

Half a cup of frozen strawberries
1 banana, peeled
1 orange, peeled
30g almonds
Fill to the max line with juice or water of your choice

Blend and serve in little bottles with straws for extra cute effect.

Peppy Citrus Smoothie

This is a lovely one to keep you zippy til lunchtime

2 oranges, peeled
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
3 tsp maple syrup
30g almonds
Ice cubes

Blend until smooth.

Oaty Breakfast Smoothie

Slightly heavier smoothies can be great if you've got a packed morning ahead.

1 handful of spinach
1 banana
1/2 a cup of almond milk
1 handful of oats
30g almonds

Blend and seal with the flip top lid if you're on the go.

Pineapple and Cinnamon Smoothie

1 handful kale
1 banana, peeled
30g almonds
1 handful pineapple
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Coconut water, to max line

Blend with ice cubes if you prefer a colder smoothie.

Do you have any favourite smoothie recipes? If so, I'd love to hear about it. Please do leave me a comment!

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