Tuesday, December 12The Voice of London

4 Squeaky Clean Green Smoothies That Aren’t Actually Green: How To Banish The Sniffles And Comfort Your Liver

The Christmas season is in full swing and with alcohol going down faster than water, your body is probably in a bit of a terrible state. Well never fear, as we have played around in the kitchen to bring you the best four tasty, cold and flu busting, liver-hugging, health-tastical green smoothies for you to make at home. We promise…you won’t think that you’re drinking slime.

Words: Isabella Sullivan, Subeditor: Gemma Smith 

1. Emergency Cold Curer

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Smoothies are the perfect way to add beetroot to your diet. Packed with health saving properties, you will not feel run down this Christmas. Source: Isabella Sullivan

This sunny elixir is the perfect remedy for coughs and sniffles, or what I like to call, the gin flu. Packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, the beetroot will boost your immune system whilst the flaxseed oil will feed you all the omegas and healthy fatty acids you need. Bets are you wont even notice it had cabbage in.

Ingredients:

1 cup of green cabbage
1/2 cup water
1 peeled orange
1 cup of chopped pineapple
1⁄4 cup peeled and cubed beetroot.
squeezed lemon
1 tsp of flaxseed oil

Blend the cabbage, water, and oranges until smooth. Cut the pineapple into cubes and add to the mixture along with the beetroot, lemon juice, and flaxseed oil. Whizz everything up again and enjoy.

2. Kiwi Karate chop

Kick that hangover away with this super-sweet duper delish berry bananza. With iron fibre and all the green goodness of spinach, digestive properties of mint, and super-fruit properties of kiwi fruit, this smoothie will keep skin firm, prevent wrinkles, help bones and teeth and banish away all your health blues. It’s practically perfect in every way.

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This refreshing vitamin packed smoothie should be green, but it’s not, and that’s amazing. You’ll never guess you’re drinking something super-duper healthy. Source: Instagram

Ingredients:

1 cup of spinach
small handful of fresh mint leaves
1 cup of unsweetened coconut water
1 cup of blueberries
1 peeled kiwifruit
sprinkle of cacao nibs

Blend the spinach, mint, and coconut water until smooth. Then add the rest and blitz until you reach your desired consistency. Top it with a sprinkle of cacao nibs for a chocolatey crunch.

 

 

 

 

3. Choc Norris

I first tried this little gem at the good life eatery, and it changed my life. It’s the most chocolatey, dreamy, luscious cup of health you’ll ever have (plus it’s known to boost your libido). Full of antioxidants, healthy fats, and protein raw cacao, it is known to improve circulation and digestion. Maca powder is also known for energy boosting and sex drive raising qualities.

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VOL tip: Add less almond milk to turn this chocolatey dream into a creamy avocado based dessert. Source: Isabella Sullivan

Ingredients

½ avocado
1 banana
2 heaped tsps of raw cacao powder
1 tsp of maca powder
1 cup of almond milk
small handful of cacao nibs

Blend everything together except for the cacao nibs with almond milk. I like my smoothies very thick, but add more milk if you prefer them more runny. Top it with cacao nibs and prepare to be amazed.

 

 

 

 

4. Merry Kale-mas

Okay, at least one of them had to have kale. The super-food of the decade is a life saver for your hair, nails, and bone health, and it provides protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals. With the healthy fats of the nut butter, vitamins and antioxidents of the blueberries, banana and pineapple, you’ll have energy for days. This totally cancels out that gin and tonic from the night before.

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With kale, blueberries, and green tea extract, you’ll struggle to find a more hot-right-now smoothie recipe. Source: Instagram

Ingredients

1 cup of kale
1 cup of cold green tea
1 cup of blueberries
1 cup of chopped pineapple
1 banana
1 tsp of nut butter (we prefer almond)

Put everything in the blender, and you guessed it, let it blend. This dessert-like-dream of a smoothie is even better topped with blueberries or a sprinkle of nuts.

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