Recently I’ve been trying to go to the gym everyday and maintain a healthy diet, and my boyfriend Duff and I have been making our own healthy drinks. I love smoothies and juices as they are quick and easy to make, and I often end up using leftover fruit and veg in them which is extremely useful! These recipes are great for meals, snacks, and especially before and after exercising as they provide energy. I’ve taken some of Duff’s ideas and done illustrations of drinks that I thought I would share with you. I use a Kenwood Smoothie 2GO which has a capacity of 0.5l so it’s perfect if you want to make a big drink for 2-3 people. I’ve linked any products that I could find, and I’ve also included photos of the exact ingredients that I use at the end for reference.
This first recipe is a tropical smoothie, which tastes amazing and makes me feel like it’s Summer again! Tropical fruits are full of health and beauty benefits, and this smoothie is guaranteed to improve your mood. The papaya, mango and pineapple add the tropical flavour and the kiwi and passion fruit add a hint of sourness which I love. I also add coconut water rather than plain water because it’s sweeter and more tropical, along with 100% organic coconut sugar for extra sweetness.
1 passion fruit
1/2 cup pineapple
200ml coconut water
1 tbsp coconut sugar
My second recipe is a green juice. Many people are put off by the colour and ingredients, but if you add the right ingredients it tastes amazing! This drink will definitely energise you as it’s packed with vital vitamins, and it will keep your skin and hair healthy. Spinach is definitely the main ingredient of this drink, as it contains chlorophyll which makes the drink green. I use moringa which is perfect if you exercise as it’s full of protein and iron, supports muscle mass and reduces tiredness. I’m not a fan of avocado on it’s own, but when it’s in a drink you can barely taste it and it makes the drink creamier. I add a scoop of psyllium husk powder which is packed with fibre and other healthy properties. As I don’t want the drink to be too thick, I add hazelnut milk and ice to make it a thinner consistency. I opt for hazelnut milk rather than cow’s milk as it is dairy-free, therefore a lot healthier and suitable for vegans too! Apple juice is optional but I like to add it for added sweetness.
I love starting my day off with this berry smoothie because it’s perfect for breakfast. Once blended, it turns out a vibrant purply colour which looks so appetising and tastes even better. This drink is rich in antioxidants and has endless beauty benefits, especially for your skin. It isn’t necessary to use all of these berries, but they definitely add a lot of flavour so use as many as you can! Just like the green juice above, I add hazelnut milk and ice for a thinner consistency as berries and banana tend to make the smoothie very thick. I also love to add mint for a kick of flavour and honey to sweeten it up. Adding chia seeds works well because of the crunchy texture, and although they are pretty tasteless they are packed with goodness (you could use hemp seeds and flax seeds too). Another essential is olive oil, which isn’t necessarily healthy for cooking but it’s great for adding to drinks as it contains important vitamins and healthy fats. Some alternatives are flax seed oil and raw coconut oil.
The last drink is a raw detox juice which is full of healthy properties. This recipe is so quick and easy and the ingredients are really cheap too! Cucumbers, carrots, oranges and green apples are packed with vitamins and provide beauty benefits. I use green apples (Granny Smiths) because they contain more nutrients and vitamins than red apples. Ginger is a natural medicine, so it’s vital to add to this juice. Adding apple juice and orange juice is completely optional, but I find that it balances out the strong flavours from the carrot and ginger.
1 1/2 oranges
1 tbsp ginger
1 green apple
The exact ingredients I use:
Illustrations drawn on Adobe Illustrator.
Font: Moon Flower Bold by Denise Bentulan