6 healthy smoothie recipes to give you a daily vitamin boost

Staying on the health kick this new year? Here are six healthy smoothie recipes to keep you feeling rejuvenated.

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Get your daily vitamin boost with this watercress, avocado and lime smoothie / www.watercress.co.uk

As we come to the end of the longest January known to man, you can be forgiven if all you can think about is reaching for the vino. But, if your plan is to stick to healthy living then we salute you. And with these healthy smoothie recipes, you really will have all the brain power and vitamin-saturation needed to give it your best shot! 

Green smoothie with ginger and Zespri Green kiwifruit 

This ginger and Zespri Green kiwifruit smoothie is packed with fibre, vitamin C and potassium -nutrients that help boost vitality. It’s also a natural source of Folate, one of the B-vitamins needed to produce red and white blood cells in bone marrow and convert carbohydrates into energy. Recipe suitable for: coeliacs, flexitarians and vegetarians.

Serves 2 | Preparation time: 5 minutes 

  • 1 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 cup oat milk (or other plant-based milk)
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • ½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 2 Zespri Green kiwifruit
  • 2 pitted dates
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Green smoothie with ginger and Zespri Green kiwifruit. Zespri Kiwi – www.zespri.eu

Glebe Farm’s breakfast smoothie

PureOaty is a gluten and dairy-free option for those who are integrating free-from products into their daily lifestyle in 2020. Recipe suitable for: coeliacs, vegans, vegetarians.

Serves 2 | Preparation time: 5 minutes

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 150g fresh strawberries
  • 150g fresh raspberries
  • 300 ml PureOaty oat drink
  • 50g Glebe Farm gluten-free porridge oats
Glebe Farm PureOaty Smoothie
Breakfast smoothie. Glebe Farm – www.glebefarmfoods.co.uk/pureoaty/

Purple power smoothie 

This smoothie is made with Vita Coco coconut water, which helps replenish lost electrolytes. It also contains a hidden veggie – purple cabbage! This vegetable is low in calories but high in nutrients, providing: Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, Potassium, Thiamine and Riboflavin. It also offers one of the highest levels of antioxidants and helps fight inflammation. Recipe suitable for: vegetarians.

Serves 2/3 | Preparation time: 5 minutes

  • 1 cup. Vita Coco coconut water
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup. frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup. red cabbage
  • ¼ cup. coconut yoghurt

For the swirl

  • 9 tbsp. coconut yoghurt (3 tbsp. coconut yoghurt per glass)

To make: Put the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Put 1 tbsp. of coconut yoghurt into each of the glasses and fill them halfway. Add in another 1 tbsp. of coconut yoghurt before filling to the top. Add in the last 1 tbsp. of coconut yoghurt and stir gently.

Serve with a sprig of fresh mint (optional)

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Purple power smoothie. Vita Coco www.vitacoco.com/

Tri Blend Select Banana nut chia

This balanced, creamy smoothie is high in fibre and plant-based protein. It’s perfect post workout or for refuelling after a long run. Recipe suitable for: vegetarians, vegans.

Serves 1 | Preparation time: 5 minutes

  • 250ml water
  • 1 banana
  • ½ tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ tablespoon nut butter
  • 1 serving (40g) Herbalife Nutrition Tri Blend Select Banana
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Tri Blend Select Banana Nut Chia smoothie. Herbalife – www.herbalife.co.uk

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Apricot, orange & carrot shake 

Compote is lighter and juicier than jam, containing around 80% ripe fruit. Recipe suitable for: vegetarians.

Serves 1 | Preparation time: 5 minutes

  • 200g Bonne Maman Apricot Compote
  • 75g fat-free, thick-set natural yoghurt
  • 100g cooked carrots
  • 150ml fresh orange and mango juice
  • 1-2 cardamom seeds (optional)
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Apricot, orange & carrot shake. ‘Bonne Maman Breakfast Savoir-Faire,’ cookery book – www.bonnemaman.co.uk/

Watercress, avocado & lime smoothie (pictured at top)

This smoothie is simple to make, powerful in colour, filling and delicious. Watercress contains over 50 vital vitamins and minerals – gram for gram it contains more calcium than milk, more vitamin C than an orange, more folate than a banana and more vitamin E than broccoli. Recipe suitable for: vegetarians.

Serves 1 | Preparation time: 10 minutes

  • 1 small avocado, peeled and seed removed
  • 50g diced pineapple, fresh or frozen
  • 33g watercress
  • 23g baby spinach
  • 1 whole lime, peeled
  • Small handful mint leaves
  • 250ml chilled coconut water

To make: Add all ingredients into a blender or smoothie maker and blend thoroughly.  Add more coconut water to achieve desired consistency if necessary, then either serve immediately or keep in the fridge for up to three days.

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