Summer is still holding on here in the UK and of course we’re all ecstatic….ly complaining that it’s too hot. It seems as much as us Brits dream of living in warmer climates, most of us are actually only programmed to handle an average of 17 degrees. I however, am soaking in every last ounce and using this as the perfect excuse to eat as much ice cream as possible or should I say ice smoothies.
Now we’re all familiar with the phrase “EAT YOUR GREENS”. I don’t think there’s a person in this land who hasn’t experienced the dinner table battle of “peas before ice cream”. That final mouthful of peas was always the hardest to swallow, but the promise of ice cream always helped.
As we hear more about healthy clean eating, we are learning more than ever that greens are the most potent superfood on the planet. Unfortunately they are also the most ignored and avoided foods so finding ways of getting them into our and our families diets is important.
Leafy green vegetables such as spinach contains huge dose of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as well as improving the absorption of iron into our bodies. Similarly avocados are classed as the world’s best fruit because they are full with mono-saturated good fats that help reduce bad cholesterol levels in our blood and provide nutrients to develop and maintain our body’s cells.
Knowing these facts is one thing, but getting them into our diets is another. However with my Greens Smoothie Lollies there need not be any excuse at all. I try to get a piece of geeen into every single meal but on days where this has proved difficult I pack them all into a smoothie and I can’t begin to tell you how much healthier I feel. This smoothie recipe is now my go to in days of need and today I need it FROZEN.
Makes 4 lollies
Preparation time: 10 minutes
1 apple (peeled)
1 avocado (peeled and pitted)
Handful of spinach
Juice of a whole lemon
Sprig of Mint
1 cup coconut milk
Peel, core and chop up all the fruits and throw into a blender
Add the spinach, mint, lemon juice and coconut milk with a few cubes of ice and blitz for 1 minute until everything is blended well.
In an ice lolly tray, start with a small drop of coconut milk and pop in the freezer for 30 minutes to partially set
Next add the green smoothie mixture, then using a lolly stick swirl the coconut milk and smoothie mix together gently.
Leave in the freezer overnight to set