Green Power Smoothie Recipe

Smoothies are a great way to pack loads of fruit and vegetables into your day. They're easy and quick to make and economic in that they can be useful way to use up left over fruit and veg. These days, smoothies no longer consist of simply blended fruit, many contain seeds, ground nuts, spices, honey, yoghurt and protein powders in order to boost the nutritional content of the smoothie. 

The recipe below is for a smoothie I like to take to work to get in 4 servings of fruit and veg and plenty of protein and fibre to keep me going inbetween meals. 


Nutritional information per smoothie:
Calories: 240
Fat: 10g (of which are saturates: 2g)
Protein: 21g
Carbohydrates: 17g
Sugar: 15g:
Fibre: 8g

Ingredients:  (Makes 2 smoothies - keep one in the fridge for later!)
2 cups of baby spinach leaves (you won't taste it when it's blended with fruit, I promise!)
1 large handful of strawberries with the tops removed.
1 handful of fresh or frozen blueberries
1 handful of fresh or frozen raspberries 
1 scoop of high quality (80%) vanilla whey protein 
2 tbsp of milled flax seed
1 tbsp of chia seeds
1 tbsp of Steens Manuka honey

Whizz all of the above together in a blender along with 200ml of water until it's smooth. Pour into a shaker and enjoy! Adding honey into smoothies improves texture and taste without having to add sugar. 

About Manuka Honey

Manuka honey has been in the press a lot recently as it has many health benefits linked to it's NPA (Non-Peroxide-Activity) level. The NPA level of Manuka honey is used to measure the strength of the active compound swhich are naturally occurring in Manuka honey. The Native Maori population of New Zealand used the Manuka plant in a medicinal drink that was used to reduce fever-like symptoms, while also applying the plant to wounds as a natural antiseptic. Manuka honey can help with digestive ailments, improving immunity and sore throat symptoms - among others!

As well as being a tasty ingredient Manuka honey is hydrating by nature? You can apply directly onto your face as a mask and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Your skin will feel rejuvenated, hydrated, and lusciously smooth.

I recommend Steens honey as they use cold-processing methods which keep the honey in its raw state, leaving all of its naturally occurring bio active properties undisturbed state.

Steens produce four strengths NPA, 10+, 15+, 20+ and 25+. You can purchase it on Amazon.co.uk priced accordingly between £11.99 - £30.99.

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