Smoothies to Help Beat Your Lent Cravings

sugar cravingI’m sure lots of you have decided to give up chocolate, biscuits, crisps, alcohol, fizzy drinks or [insert personal vice here] for Lent. I don’t know about you, but I’m far more likely to eat well throughout the day if I start out right. After the whole juice craze that took over my Facebook feed in January, I started reading about the benefits of juicing. I won’t speak on juice cleanses here, (each to their own on that one) but I can say that having juices and smoothies as part of your diet seems a pretty good way to give your body the nutrition it needs. Often, when we think we’re craving junk food, our body is really asking for certain vitamins and minerals. You can read more about this here.

Just don’t fall into the trap of drinking shop bought juices and smoothies that are packed with sugar! Homemade is definitely the way to go on this one. My own personal preference has fallen on the side of smoothies. You don’t lose any of the fibre and nutrition that you can lose through juicing and they’ll keep you feeling fuller for longer. So today, I have a few smoothie recipes for you that not only taste great, but also pack a punch full of vitamins and minerals that your body will be thanking you for all day long!

Method for all three
Simply throw all the ingredients in a blender and whizz it up! I use hand blender and it works great! I also recommend using a thick straw for these guys!

The Green One
Green SmoothieLet’s just go ahead and jump in the deep end! The dreaded Green smoothie/juice evokes fear in many a vegetable juice virgin! But honestly there’s nothing to be afraid of! This one is super tasty and refreshing. It’s packed with hydrating vegetables which is great first thing in the morning. If you just don’t like the taste of vegetables, try adding a sprig of mint!

1 green apple, peeled and cored
½ stick of celery
½ avocado
1/3 cucumber
A handful of spinach
150mls coconut milk
Juice of ½ a lime

The Red One
photo (3)This smoothie is sweet and earthy and the lemon juice helps cut the sweetness of the beetroot. Beetroot is associated with better stamina, improved blood flood and lower blood pressure. I love it in a salad but since discovering this smoothie, I rarely have any left by the time lunch comes around!

1 small beetroot, peeled
1 apple, peeled and cored
1 tsp almond butter
½ cucumber
Handful of spinach or preferred leafy green
Juice of half a lemon
150mls coconut milk
A few ice-cubes

The Tropical One
This one is a real treat! Tastes like dessert for breakfast! Bananas are pretty much a wonder-fruit. They are high in potassium, help fight against muscle cramps, help lower blood pressure and, have the same impact on your serotonin levels as chocolate does! Throw in some anti-inflammatory pineapple that is choc-full of vitamin A and C, and you have one super breakfast!
1 banana
50g pineapple
1 tsp almond butter
200mls coconut milk
½ tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
Sprig of mint

Cravings? What cravings?!

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One Response to Smoothies to Help Beat Your Lent Cravings

  1. Gary Ruddell says:

    I’m keen to try this beetroot in a smoothie. It’s pretty sweet when I think about it. Intrigued to find out!

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