Sunday, 26 March 2017

Spinach & Cucumber Breakfast Smoothie

A quick and easy way to get in essential Minerals and Vitamins is by whipping up this refreshing, filling Spinach and Cucumber Smoothie. Spinach is number one on my list of vital vegetables and this because it's high in Vitamins A, C and K, as well as B vitamins.  Cucumbers on the other hand are an excellent source of vitamin K and Pantothenic acid. I presented pantothenic acid in bold to emphasise just how important it is. As well as playing a role in the break down of carbohydrates and fats for energy, pantothenic acid aids in the manufacture of red blood cells. Cucumbers are also a good source of copper, vitamin C, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, biotin and Thiamine or Vitamin B1. This green nutrient powerhouse is one of the best ways to start off the day. However, juicing has a downside and it awakens the Dental Nurse in me, yes that's my day time job. Juicing is really bad for your teeth and this is due to the presence of Fructose in just about every fruit out there. The high acid content causes the enamel on your teeth to soften and erode and this often leads to the formation of cavities and tooth decay. Top tip: use a straw to drink your green juices as this allows the acid to bypass your teeth. It's about creating a balance, that contact with your teeth can be detrimental. 


Preparation time: 5 mins                                                                                       Serves: 2                     

What you need: 

A handful of spinach
A handful of kale
Half a cucumber, sliced into small pieces
Half a carrot, grated
Small bunch of grapes
1/4 apple, chopped
1/2 cup Greek yoghurt
1/2 cup water
Ice cubes (if you like it cold)

         *I tend to add in the carrots and apples for flavour, they act as a natural sweetener. 

Method: 

  1. All fruits and vegetables should be thoroughly washed before preparation.  
  2. Place all cut fruits and vegetables into your juicer or blender and juice away.
  3.  Drink right away. 


Don't forget that straw!
Nokhuthula xo 
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