SUPER SMOOTHIES – BLUEBERRY BLAST

At Ladyland HQ we like to mix it up. One day a recipe for a deliciously decadent cocktail, the next, a life-affirming, cellular-boosting smoothie. We’re all about the balance. This weekend, our trusted wellness and smoothie guru Christine Joos extols the health benefits of the humble blueberry. Perfect if you started your long weekend celebrations with a bang last night…ahem

Blueberries are delicious and super healthy with it – low in calories and high in phenolic compounds with an antioxidant capacity much higher than vitamins C or even E! Even the NHS, often suspicious towards so-called superfoods, is singing their praises. Check out the evidence here.

Apart from that, blueberries create an otherworldly purple blue smoothie tint that should get your kids interested in the very least.

FROZEN OR UNFROZEN – WHAT’S BEST?

It’s always good to stock up on a few frozen fruit boxes available from the larger supermarkets. This means that you can a) enjoy fruity tropical happiness all year round, and b) if you’re out of fresh produce you can just open the freezer and whizz together a super smoothie with possibly even more vitamins than the non-frozen version, because some fruits can loose nutritional content on their long journeys to the shops before we even buy them.

Of course, buying fresh, organic and locally is best, but especially off-season, frozen produce can be a good option. Fruit and veg is often frozen directly after harvesting and so contains the optimum amount of nutrients and vitamins. So, blueberries – frozen or unfrozen – are awesome.

HERE’S WHAT I ADD…

Do you like coconut yoghurt? I love it and it makes me intensely happy: when I eat it I close my eyes and imagine myself in a hammock, under palm trees on a tropical island. What’s more, there are dairy free options made with soya or coconut milk only, so great if you’re avoiding dairy.

Hemp seeds are tiny powerhouses packing a punch of healthy omegas. They also add a tasty crunch.

Melons are an awesome way to hydrate your body as they consist of over 90% water and water consumed via foods is much more easily absorbed into the body than water we drink from the tap.

MAKE IT A MEAL IN A GLASS

As a new mother I sometimes found it tricky to assemble a sandwich, let alone cook and sit down to eat a proper meal at lunchtime. Of course, meals shouldn’t be replaced by a smoothie on a regular basis, but there are those days where they are a mega easy and quick way to create something healthy that will give you loads of good energy and is easy to eat whilst dealing with a certain gorgeous little person! You could do this by simply adding a banana, maybe some oats and a few nuts to this or another smoothie recipe.

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  • 1 handful blueberries frozen or unfrozen
  • 1/2 small or 1/4 of a medium size honey dew melon
  • 2-3 medjool dates
  • 4 heaped tbsp of coconut yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp linseeds
  • 1 tbsp hulled hemp seeds
  • honey or maple syrup to taste

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Leave one tablespoon of the coconut yoghurt, a few blueberries and the hulled hemp seeds aside. Mix all other ingredients in your blender until smooth. Depending on how sweet your melon is, add more or less dates and honey. Transfer into glass. Top with remaining yoghurt, berries and seeds and enjoy!

 

 

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Christine Joos, aka @london_yogini, is a designer, smoothie alchemist, yoga teacher and mum who lives in North London. She’s a passionate yogini who believes in the transformative power of nutrition. As well as posting her wellbeing inspo here, you can also find her flexing her creative muscles for brands like ASOS, Virgin and Adidas.