October 5, 2012 | Leave a comment Okay, here goes. This is a big one, all from me. No videos to watch, but lots of stuff to read; but trust me, it’s definitely worth it. I thought it was about time I shared my smoothie recipe. This smoothie contains so much nutritional goodness, it’s insane! I drink loads of this smoothie, or variations on it. I have it at least 3 or 4 days of the week, sometimes every day. Personally, I tend to make a huge batch whenever I make it, rather than just make one glass at a time, so the amounts here are with that in mind. Just scale down the amounts if you’re only making one glass. If you go for the full amount, be prepared for several things: Sometimes you will get the amount wrong and the blender will overflow. There will be enough here either to share with several other people, or to keep you going for at least half the day. If you have it all to yourself, it’s quite possible to have this for both breakfast and lunch. If you do have it all to yourself, spread across the day, plus a good healthy solid meal in the evening, be prepared for the following: You will probably have lots of energy. You will probably feel great. You will probably lose a bit of weight. You might sometimes spill it down your shirt. People will wonder what they strange bottle of green stuff you’re drinking is. Just remember, that’s their problem, not yours. Especially if they are drinking cans of fizzy sugary drinks, eating white bread sandwiches and chocolate. They have no idea just how wrong they are. Also, feel free to play around with this recipe (I certainly do myself). It’s just a broad outline. Swap things around a bit and try different combinations, see what works best for you. Regarding the amounts, try less/fewer of each item, see how much juice you get, then add in some more to top it up until you get the amount of juice you want. What You Will Need A good juice extractor. I use this Philips juicer. It’s not particularly cheap, but with juicers you get what you pay for. A blender. Nothing special. No need for a fancy “smoothie maker” (that’s just a marketing gimmick). Just a normal good blender is fine. Apples (about 4-6) Pears (4-6) Pineapple (half, or a whole one) Carrots (1 or 2) Celery (1 or 2 sticks) Spinach (half to one whole big bag) Broccoli (use as alternative veg if you have no spinach or celery) Ginger (optional) Lemon (optional, but helps to preserve it if you put it in bottles) Blueberries (1 punnet) Avocado Yoghurt (if you are dairy intolerant, like I am, use soya yoghurt) Raw pumpkin and sunflower seeds Spirulina Powder (optional, but insanely nutritious) Maca Powder (optional, but very nutritious, good for energy, mood, and healthy sexual function) Into the Juice Extractor: Put the following into the juice extractor: Spinach/Broccoli Apples Pears Pineapple (with rind cut off) Carrot(s) Celery Ginger (a small chunk) This creates the main liquid base of your smoothie, and it will be full of lots of vitamins, minerals and live enzymes from the raw fruit and vegetables. Into the Blender: Pour the juice into the blender. If you are planning to do a big batch, you should create enough juice to then fill about three quarters of the blender. As I said earlier, just start putting a few things in and see how much juice you get, and then add more if needed. Cut open the lemon and squeeze it into the juice. Put the following into the blender: Lemon (cut it in half and squeeze it or twist it on one of those twisty citrus juicing things) Blueberries (wash them and tip them in) Avocado (scoop out the inside) Yoghurt (1 small tub, or half a large tub) Handful of raw seeds Spirulina powder (1 heaped desert spoon) Maca powder (2 heaped desert spoons) Blend on full speed for about 1 minute. As I said earlier, even if after blending you don’t have quite enough (i.e. there’s still space left at the top of your blender), just put a few more apples or pears or whatever into the juice extractor and use it to top up the blender. Once You’ve Made Your Smoothie: Pour into a glass Pour the remainder into bottles, seal, put in the fridge. Drink within a few hours (keep for a maximum of 12 hours). To reduce damage to your teeth: Drink through a straw (less contact with your teeth) Rinse mouth with water afterwards. What’s So Great About This Smoothie? This smoothie is so packed with nutrients it’s crazy. There are so many vitamins, minerals and live enzymes from the juiced fruit and vegetables, you will probably get more nutrients out of one glass of this stuff than most people probably get in several days of eating “normal” food. You could get many of these nutrients by skipping the blender part and just putting loads of fruit and vegetables into a juice extractor. Actually, this is what I used to do when I first got into juicing. However, there is a problem with that approach, because the juice contains a lot of natural sugars, but without any fibre, protein or fat to slow it down. Therefore, a straight juice like that can tend to upset your blood sugar balance. The beauty of a smoothie like this is that by adding a bunch of stuff to it in the blender, you are adding fiber, protein and good fats, which slows down its digestion, therefore keeping blood sugar more balanced and keeping you feeling satisfied for longer. It becomes a full meal in a glass, like a cold sweet soup, but far more nutritious. Here are some of the main benefits of the each of the items added in the blender: Blueberries – fiber, antioxidants, plus many other nutrients Avocado – good fats, fiber, plus many other nutrients Soya Yoghurt – friendly bacteria, protein Raw Seeds – good fats, protein, plus many other nutrients Spirulina Powder – protein (it is more than 50% protein), good fats, loads of chlorophyll, plus it is extremely rich in so many other great nutrients it’s crazy Maca Powder – contains some protein, and some other nutrients, but it is mainly good as a tonic for boosting mood, energy and sexual health. Further Reading (for more information): The above is certainly not a full list of the benefits of those items, just the main reasons why I add them to the blender to make a thick smoothie that keeps you going. If you would like to know more about all the nutritional content and benefits of any of the items used in this recipe, take a look at any of the following websites, where you can search for nutritional information on a wide range of foods: This smoothie recipe was inspired by the recipes in the book 7lbs in 7 Days, by Jason Vale the Juice Master, but adapted through experimentation.