Mid-November is normally the time party season drinks really get going and all health habits are temporarily forgotten about.
This year, however, things are slightly different. With pubs, bars and restaurants shut all over Europe, Christmas fun is currently on ice. And while this is bad news for our social lives, we can make it work to our wellness advantage.
Make an early start on your New Year’s resolutions and improve your diet now with a daily smoothie, bursting with goodness.
We list our top smoothie ingredients below.
Spinach can't miss in your kitchen - © pixabay/Clara Sander CC0
If it’s good enough for Popeye, it’s good enough for us. The leafy green veg is packed full of iron, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, manganese, magnesium and vitamin B2.
A glass of spinach may not sound like the most appetising of drinks, but add banana, apple, and even strawberries to give it some natural sweetness. Blend with plant milk and you’re ready to start the day. Kale also works well here.
Fresh raspberries, blueberries, strawberries - ©makeupandvibes.com
If vegetable smoothies don’t do it for you (they are definitely an acquired taste!) then a fruit-based one is your answer. Drinks made with a big glug of already squeezed juices taste delicious but have a lot of excess natural sugars. So instead use natural or Greek yoghurt, or plant milk, to pad them out, and go for antioxidant-rich fruits, like blueberries, kiwis, and raspberries, or the mighty strawberry, which has more vitamin C in one serving than an orange. Sweet, filling, and oh so good for you.
Don’t forget the added extras
Ideas of healthy toppers for your smoothie - Collage ©canva & ©pixabay
Like sprinkles on ice cream, there are plenty of toppings you can add to your daily smoothie to make it even better for you. Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants, protein, and fibre, while turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Or try spirulina, which has anti-cancer properties, is full of antioxidants, works as an anti-inflammatory, and can lower bad cholesterol.