Choc Green Power Smoothie

One of my favourite breakfasts, guys. It doesn't look super-pretty because I can't be stuffed chucking a garnish on top, but hey: tasty and healthy and BIG! Excellent breakfasting... But I can be stuffed chucking it through a filter on my smartphone in an attempt to pretty it up for this blog... Sorry about that. HEARTS.

Choc Green Power Smoothie

4 cups water
6 bananas
handful pitted dates
tablespoon flaxseed
3 tablespoons soaked/sprouted buckwheat
dash vanilla (extract or liquid stevia)
stalk off a bunch of broccoli
2 big handfuls of kale
4-6 tablespoons carob or cacao (or a mix of the two)
2 tsp maca powder
half tsp ground cinnamon

Blend, adding more water or ice as necessary. If you don't have a high-speed blender, blend the water, dates, flaxseed, buckwheat, broccoli, and kale before adding the other ingredients. Makes 1-2 large servings.

You might want to use frozen bananas to keep it cool, or toss in a handful

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Strawberry & Papaya Spring Smoothie

End-of-season strawberries are on-sale here, and the papayas on our trees are beginning to ripen, so I give you our...

Strawberry & Papaya Spring Smoothie

1 medium-large ripe papaya, deseeded & peeled 500g/1lb strawberries 1-2 big ole handfuls of pitted dates (several medjool or a dozen dried Iranian) 4 frozen bananas (or more), chopped generous dash of vanilla (extract or liquid stevia drops) lime juice (optional) 2+ cups of water

Blend dates and papaya and strawberries in water. Add chopped frozen banana, blend until smooth, adding more water as necessary. If your papaya isn't very flavourful (early season) or if you like extra zing, add some lime juice. If you want a thickshake, add more frozen bananas!

Makes 1 mega-serving or 2 large servings, includes approx. 405mg Vitamin C (540%), Calcium 150mg (15-25%), Iron 3mg (17%), Copper 0.5mg (53%), Manganese 1.8mg (98%), Potassium 2168mg (46%), B6 1.1mg (87%), Folate 252mcg (63%), and plenty of other stuff. Macros: 146g

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