I tried a new smoothie this week as I didn't know what to do with all the frozen peas I found hidden at the back of the freezer. As you may know by now, I'm a great fan of quick and easy smoothies that doesn't leave too much mess, and this one ticked all the boxes.
This is how you do it:
Put the following in a good blender and mix until smooth.
500 ml (2 cups) - brown rice milk (Rude Health)
50 gram fresh spinach or lettuce
1 cup frozen peas
5-10 mint leaves
1 frozen banana
What's so good about it?
PEAS are high in protein, fiber and nutrients like vitamin A, C, K, folate (B9),antioxidants, iron, potassium and manganese. Peas can help control your blood sugar levels.
AVOCADOS contain vitamins (folate, vitamin B6, C and E), minerals (such as potassium), antioxidants (lutein and zeaxantin which are good for your vision) and healthy fats. Avocados are high in insoluable fibre that make you feel full longer and can prevent constipation.
BANANAS contain the mineral potassium which helps muscles to contract and nerve cells to respond. It also helps maintain fluid levels in the body and can help lowering your blood pressure.
MINT can help with IBS and indigestion. It can also help improve brain function and is known for promoting healthy sleep and relieve stress and anxiety.
CHIA SEEDS are high in protein, fiber and healthy omega 3 fatty acids. They are also a good source of calcium.
General smoothie tips
Use a good blender so it doesn't end up lumpy.
Use ripe fruit to get the best possible taste.
If you struggle to find ripe bananas, buy a bunch of green ones and when they are ripe, peel and cut them in a few pieces and put in the freezer in a container. Then you can just pick some out whenever you fancy a smoothie!
Buy frozen avocados and take out a half or two halves when you start making the smoothies. By the time you've added the other things it will have defrosted enough to be able to cut into 4 pieces and add to smoothie
I save old glass jars with lids and use them for keeping smoothies in the fridge. If you don't put a lid on, it will start to oxidise and look at bit brown and ugly on the top.
Smoothies keep well for 2-3 days, so I tend to make big batches and then drink them for the next 2 days or so.