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Strawberry, Mango and Spinach Smoothie

Strawberry, Mango and Spinach Smoothie - perfect summer smoothie as well as breakfast smoothie! Contains Spinach, Strawberry, Carrot, mango and coconut milk - tastes amazing! Summer is here and on one particular morning it was incredibly hot and I wanted a nice smoothie for breakfast. I wanted the smoothie to not only be full of vitamins and minerals but wanted it also to be nice and refreshing. When I think of summer, I always think of fresh and tasty strawberries.

These were therefore an essential fruit to go into the smoothie, I also decided to combine it with some fresh mango. In order for a smoothie to also be healthy, I like to add a couple of vegetables. The vegetables add some excellent health benefits whilst the fruit helps to give it a sweeter taste, after all who wants a smoothie that just tastes of carrot or spinach…. I also find it important not to just use fruit as it does contain a lot of natural sugars, which is one reason why you should blend the fruit and not just strain the juice from it (the pulp contains a lot of the nutrients).

Every smoothie I make I always either add spinach or kale, this time I used spinach and combined it with a chopped carrot. To ensure that it was not to pulpy got a better word, I added 200ml of coconut milk. I use a BlendActive to make my smoothies and cannot recommend it enough, its decent as well as being low cost. I did do a full review of it, which can be found here; Full BlendActive Review


Simply put the coconut milk into the blender and add chopped carrots, sliced strawberries, chopped mango and a handful of spinach. Give this a good blend to ensure its all blended nicely and enjoy! I enjoyed mine in the sun and it was very refreshing. If you did want it to be colder then you could use some frozen strawberries/mango, or alternatively blend up some ice cubes instead of the coconut milk.

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Strawberry, Mango and Spinach Smoothie - perfect summer smoothie as well as breakfast smoothie! Contains Spinach, Strawberry, Carrot, mango and coconut milk - tastes amazing!
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Strawberry, Mango and Spinach Smoothie
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
I love a good smoothie in the morning and this refreshing smoothie is perfect for the summer months. The strawberry and mango gives it that flavour and sweetness, where as the spinach helps give it a nice boost of nutrients.
Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Servings: 1
Ingredients
  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • 6 strawberries sliced
  • half mango chopped
  • 1 carrot sliced
  • 1 Handful of spinach
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender
  2. Blend until smooth and free of any chunks/bits
  3. Pour into a glass and top with some spare strawberries

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Kale Strawberry Smoothie

Kale Strawberry Smoothie

Kale Strawberry Smoothie - Quick and Easy Smoothie recipe, contains kale, spinach, strawberry, banana and almond milk - tastes amazing! http://amateurchef.wpengine.com

kale strawberry smoothie makes a perfect breakfast or even a snack throughout the day, it contains a massive amount of benefits and ensures you get a good amount of fruit and vegetables. This smoothie contains kale as well as spinach as you don’t want a smoothie to just include fruit.

I made it with kale as it is low in calories, high in fibre whilst having zero fat content. It is said to help aid digestion as well as a number of other health benefits such as improving blood glucose. Kale is said to be more beneficial than spinach, but spinach also contains many benefits which makes it a great addition to any smoothie.


It is also low in fat but also contains a good amount of fibre, protein and vitamins such as A, C, E and K. The addition of strawberry gives it a nice berry taste, the banana adds a little additional sweetness. You could add milk or yogurt but this does make it a little higher in fat content, I replaced this with almond milk.

I also find that almond milk makes it less lumpy and is therefore much easier to drink. Just as spinach and kale have a number of health benefits, the fruit included also has a good amount of benefits. Strawberries have a good amount of antioxidants as well as having a good supply of minerals, nutrients and vitamins such as dietary fibre.

It is also very high in vitamin C. The Almond milk has a wide range of benefits to your health as it contains vitamins such as calcium and iron among many others. Making kale strawberry smoothie is incredibly easy and only takes a few minutes to make, perfect for in the morning before going to work.

In a blender place 200ml of almond milk along with 5 strawberries that have been chopped. Add 1 banana sliced, a handful of kale and a handful of spinach.

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Kale Strawberry Smoothie
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
Kale strawberries are perfect as they contain a lot of nutrients that are perfect for a healthy body. The strawberries add additional sweetness and a nice flavour
Course: Drinks
Servings: 1
Ingredients
  • 200 ml of Almond Milk
  • 5 strawberries chopped
  • 1 banana sliced
  • Handful of kale
  • Handful of spinach
Instructions
  1. Place the almond milk into a blender
  2. Add the strawberries and banana
  3. Finally add the spinach and kale and give it a good blitz until smooth.
  4. If you want it to be less thick then simply add more almond milk

Top Tip – Get a decent Blender It’s important to get a good blender, if you are using a food processor or a poor quality blender then it won’t get the smoothie as smooth as possible and some things just wont blend very well. You don’t need to spend much on a blender though, the BlendActive is great and is under £20. Click Here to read my review of the BlendActive

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Kale and Spinach Breakfast Smoothie

Kale and Spinach Breakfast Smoothie

Kale and Spinach Breakfast Smoothie - Easy Smoothie recipe with 6 healthy ingredients - My favourite smoothie! http://amateurchef.wpengine.comIf you are looking for a nice smoothie for breakfast, this one is perfect. Its got a good mixture of vegetables and a few fruits. When making a smoothie you want to make sure that it’s not just made of fruit, it needs to have a higher % of vegetables.

The Orange and Pineapple really helps to make this smoothie nice and sweet but not too sweet that it’s sickly. It is important that you use frozen pineapple as this cools it down which gives it a really nice fresh taste.

The almond milk is important as this makes it less lumpy and therefore easier to drink, this could be replaced with coconut milk or coconut water if you don’t like almond milk. Make sure this is not replaced with normal cows milk. Put the almond milk in first followed by all of the other ingredients, you may need to push these down a little.


I then put this through the BlendActive and it blended well, I did need to take it off and give it a couple of shakes to make sure the kale moved down. I continued to blend this until it was smooth and tasty!

This smoothie is great for breakfast as it contains 19% of your daily value so it should help to fill you up until lunch. Its also high in Dietary Fiber with 50% of your daily value. In terms of Vitamins it has 29% of Vitamin A, 303% of Vitamin C.

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Kale & Spinach Breakfast Smoothie
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
This kale and spinach smoothie is perfect to give your day a start, as its jam packed full of nutrients and goodness
Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Servings: 1
Ingredients
  • cup Halfof Kale
  • cup Halfof Spinach
  • 1 Orange
  • cup Halfof frozen Pineapples
  • 200 ml of Almond Milk
  • Tbsp Chia Seeds
Instructions
  1. Put the almond milk into your blender
  2. Add all other ingredients
  3. Blend until smooth

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Raspberry and Kale Smoothie

Raspberry and Kale Smoothie Recipe

Raspberry and kale smoothie recipe - Quick & Easy smoothie recipe with 4 ingredients, Raspberry, Kale, Pomegranate and Fat Free Yogurt. Tastes Amazing! http://amateurchef.wpengine.com

Smoothies are a great as they are the perfect way of getting fruit and vegetables that you may not normally get in your diet or may not get enough.

I have not really had many smoothies so this was really some what of an experiment but combining ingredients that I thought went well together. This was the first smoothie I have ever made as don’t usually eat breakfast so wanted to try a smoothie breakfast out and see how I got on with it.

I know the Raspberries and Kale both have a lot of nutritional benefits and I love the taste of raspberries, making them a good combination.

Many recipes seemed to use Almond Milk which I am not really a fan off so replaced this with Fat Free Greek Yogurt. Raspberries are fairly sour so if you want to make it a little sweeter you may want to add a little powdered sweetner.

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Raspberry and kale smoothie recipe - Quick & Easy smoothie recipe with 4 ingredients, Raspberry, Kale, Pomegranate and Fat Free Yogurt. Tastes Amazing! http://amateurchef.wpengine.com
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Raspberry and Kale Smoothie
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Kale smoothies are very nice but the problem with them is they need a little more sweetness. The Raspberry gives them that sweetness and a nice taste.
Course: Drinks
Servings: 2 Cups
Ingredients
  • 1 Bag of frozen raspberries
  • 1 Large Handful of Kale
  • cup Pomegranates
  • 3 table spoons of Greek fat free yogurt
  • Sweatner to sweeten.
Instructions
  1. Place the raspberries, pomegranates and kale into a blender and pulse until smooth.
  2. Add the yogurt and blend until fully mixed together
  3. Add your sweetner and enjoy

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