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Following on from my last post about green smoothies, I discovered another combo which was so delicious I had to share. I hope you like it too.

To make, blend together the following in a high speed blender:

2 kiwi's
5 large leaves of kale
1 floret of broccoli
1/4 large avocado (or 1/2 small one)
pulp of 3 passion fruits
handful of pumpkin seeds
1/2 pear
1 1/2 tbsp's wheatgrass powder
400ml coconut water.

Green smoothies are really popular at the moment - once you get past the colour and the fact you are drinking vegetables they really are very delicious when you find the right combo! Make sure you have some fat in your green smoothie (such as avocado, nuts or seeds) as the fat helps to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins in the fruit and vegetables. There is also some concern about oxalates in consuming large amounts of raw vegetables for a small proportion of people, as with everything this is dependant on the individual and it is always recommended to see a professional when making changes to your diet and lifestyle. But for a lot of people green smoothies are a delicious way of getting more fruit and veg in your diet and staying well hydrated at the same time.  There are loads of guides out there to help you make them yourself, here are a few I liked:

Mind Body Green - Is your green smoothie actually healthy and balanced

Mind body Green - Green Smoothies 101
Frank Lipman MD - 24 Favourite smoothie recipes

Green smoothies - the magic of getting plant nourishment into children

And here is the recipe to one of my own concoctions which came out really nicely, it is delicious (honestly!)!

To make, blend together the following (but bear in mind I went a bit crazy and this makes quite a lot! So it is perfect to share or else you can reduce the quantities):

10 large kale leaves,
1/2 cucumber
lemon juice from 1/4 lemon
1 mango
3 kiwis
1 nectarine
large handful of pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 large heaped tbsp wheatgrass powder
500ml coconut water
5 ice cubes

Serve and Enjoy :)

A combo I had never thought of before, I discovered the joy of Bananas and Lime in a lovely restaurant called Morning Glory in the beautiful Hoi An, Vietnam whilst on my honeymoon. I wanted to repeat the taste, however as bananas have a high glycaemic load I decided to put a twist on it and add them into a protein smoothie to reduce the GL, but still get all the benefits of this lovely fruit. It is also a good way of increasing your protein intake and makes a great post exercise drink, with the protein for muscle repair and the high potassium content in bananas to help replace lost electrolytes, along with the electrolytes in the himalyan salt. And it tasted great, the extra magic is in the addition of the lime, delicious! Here is the recipe:

Cashew Nut milk or milk of your choice (I blended 150g cashews [soaked overnight] with 750ml water)
Pinch pink Himalayan Salt
1 scoop protein powder (I used Sun Warrior - Warrior blend in Natural flavour)
1 large ripe banana
Pinch of Cinnamon - to your taste
1 tsp maca powder (optional)
A squeeze of lime juice

Just blend everything together and serve