A Smooth(ie) Start to the Year

With Christmas now behind us, what better way to start the year than with some smoothies? Here are our favourite fruity recipes to put that spring back in your step. And of course, they all contain ginger!

 Gingerlicious Ginger and Apple

Simple Green Smoothies has created many smoothies which have many health benefits to our bodies. Ginger helps absorb all of the nutrients that we consume. The apple and spinach are antioxidants which help to support our immune systems, reduce free radicals and keeps our digestive system healthy.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups spinach (fresh)
  • 2 cups almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 apples (any variety, core removed)
  • 1/2 inch ginger (peeled)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Blend spinach and almond milk together until smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend again.

 

 

Mango Ginger Kale Green Smoothie

This smoothie created by Minimalist Baker (a plant based food blogger) has all the most vibrant summer flavours, mango, peach and kale.

INGREDIENTS

  • 70 g ice (optional)
  • 30 g kale (fresh or frozen)
  • 82.5 g ripe frozen mango cubes
  • 75 g ripe frozen peaches
  • 3 g minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 7.5 ml maple syrup (optional)

    INSTRUCTIONS

  • Add ice to the blender first and crush. Then add kale, mango, peaches, ginger, lemon juice and 240 ml water to start. The amount of water will depend on how many of your ingredients are frozen.
  • Blend until smooth, only adding water a little at a time as needed, and scraping down the sides.

 

Pineapple and Ginger Smoothie

This refreshing recipe will give a zingy start to your day with the delicious fresh ginger. Martha Stewart blog gives many great recipes, from dinner ideas to deserts and cakes.

INGREDIENTS (for 2 smoothies)

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup ice (if using fresh pineapple)

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

 

Fresh Lemon and Ginger Detoxifying Smoothie

This lemon smoothie has brilliant detoxifying properties, drink and detox.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1½ cups mixed frozen peach, pineapple, and mango
    juice of 1 whole, large lemon
  • 2 tablespoons white chia seeds
  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk (carton, not canned)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon honey (if preferred, for added sweetness and to cut the tartness of the lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons collagen peptides or protein powder of choice (optional, but it’s recommended to add protein for blood sugar stabilization)

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

 

 

Kiwi, Banana and Ginger Smoothie

Jamie Oliver’s breakfast smoothie is the perfect start to any day, with two of your five-a-day and oats for slow releasing energy.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 kiwi fruit
  • 4 tablespoons organic porridge oats
  • 1 banana
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 200 ml organic milk
  • 250 g organic fat-free natural yogurt
  • ½ cm piece fresh ginger , finely grated
  • honey, optional

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

 

 

Strawberry and Ginger Smoothie

A pretty pink smoothie ready for the Valentine’s Day preparations. It’s as good for you, as it is pink.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)

 

 

Kale and Ginger Detox Smoothie

With weight-loss and cleansing on everyone’s minds after Christmas, try this cleansing smoothie by OhMyVeggies to right all of the wrongs in your diet.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ripe banana, peeled and frozen
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 2 cups kale leaves, loosely packed
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon raw honey

Spinach, Pear and Ginger

A smoothie for the green lovers. This smoothie is packed with iron, magnesium, folate and vitamins C, K and B6.

  • 1 1/2 cups water (can substitute coconut water or milk of choice)
  • 2 cups spinach, washed and dried
  • 1 ripe pear, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • Honey to taste, optional
  • Mint to garnish, optional

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth

 

Ginger and Banana Smoothie

For a protein packed smoothie, try this. Be aware, with one teaspoon of ground ginger this smoothie may have a kick.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large banana, peeled, chopped into 5 chunks, and frozen overnight
  • 2 small handfuls spinach
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp. ground ginger*
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2+ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 9 ice cubes (or less if desired)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Carrot, Ginger and Turmeric Smoothie

Another recipe from the Minimalist Baker, with more health benefits than before. This orange smoothie has so much goodness packed into one small glass, as well as lots of flavour.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large ripe banana, previously peeled, sliced and frozen (more for a sweeter smoothie)
  • 1 cup (140 g) frozen or fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 Tbsp. fresh ginger (1 small knob, peeled)
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric (or sub cinnamon)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) carrot juice
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice (~1/2 small lemon)
  • 1 cup (240 ml) unsweetened almond milk

 

 

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