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Rainbow Smoothie


I have just returned from a lovely few days holiday in the country, staying in a big house with 90 acres of land with my family, boyfriend and a close friend of ours. My sister is really into making smoothies and inspired me and my friend to get decent blenders and get puréeing!

I was just out with a client who wanted to do a four mile run, so instead of taking my bike, I decided to do the run with him. When I got home, I needed a quick, easy and nutritious post-workout meal, so I came up with this smoothie, based on what I got in my organic veg and fruit boxes this week. I decided to beef it up with some organic grass-fed whey protein powder as it was to be a meal replacement, but this is entirely optional and really won’t affect the flavour or consistency of the smoothie.

Rainbow Smoothie (serves 1-2, generously)

1 raw beetroot, sliced
1 pear, roughly chopped
1 cup chard, roughly chopped
1/2 frozen banana
1/4 frozen avocado
1 cm piece ginger, peeled and sliced
1 cup ice cubes
1 scoop organic grass-fed whey protein powder (unsweetened and flavour free)
1-2 cups water, depending on how runny you like it.

Put all ingredients into a blender and whizz for a few minutes until smooth.
Serve in a (martini) glass, put your feet up and revel in the fact that you are being incredibly healthy! (If you feel too virtuous, add a dash of vodka! Just kidding!)


A Meal In Itself


Today I did an intense chest and back workout comprising push-ups, pull-ups, kettlebells and TRX all in one super-intense circuit workout. I needed a quick post-workout meal which would keep me going until late afternoon as I had classes and clients over lunch and the following hours. This fruit, veg and nut smoothie did the job. I used half a scoop of 100% pure whey protein from grass-fed cows with no added ingredients (i.e. sugars, sweeteners or flavours) as I needed a good dose of protein following my workout, but hardcore Paleo people can omit this and it would taste just as good. If I had had any ice in my freezer, I would have added a few cubes, so feel free to do so (I don’t know abut you, but I like my smoothies really cold and thick).

Green Apple and Almond smoothie (serves 1)

1 Granny Smith apple, frozen
1/2 scoop 100% pure whey protein (Pink Sun)
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp almond butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 handful organic spinach leaves

Put all ingredients into a blender.
Whizz up for a minute or two, or until well blended.

Green Power


After my rude awakening on Monday when I stepped on the scales, I did the unthinkable this morning and weighed myself again (I rarely obsess about weighing myself, but because I was so shocked on Monday, I decided to disprove my scales). Now, I have been good so far this week (ok, I know it’s only Wednesday). No dark chocolate, limiting myself to one or two lattes (homemade with organic milk in a small cup) per day, no treats of any kind, trying to be more conservative with my portions, plus working out pretty hard. So I was feeling quietly confident when I stepped on the scales this morning. I did it! I proved that my scales have a mind of their own and want to give me a reality check every so often as I was down 4lbs since Monday. There is NO WAY in hell that I have actually lost 4lbs in 2 days. My weight is now down half a pound since I weighed myself after Christmas. Half a pound less I can believe, so what the heck was that extra 4 lbs about? Anyway, the moral of the story is NEVER TRUST THE SCALES – how you feel, how you think you look and how your clothes fit is much more important. Having said that, it’s good to weigh yourself from time to time (once or twice a month) to check that you aren’t getting complacent and letting the pounds creep on.

Anyway, I digress. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m very much an “eggs for breakfast” kind of gal. From time to time, I do like a good smoothie though. I really enjoy a smoothie post-workout (mid-morning, having had my eggs a couple of hours before the workout). I made this little green gem on Monday. It was actually my lunch as I needed something quick to prepare and eat before I went to work teaching my lunchtime boxing class followed immediately by a one to one client. I don’t normally put vegetables in my smoothies, but I had a handful of baby spinach left in the fridge which was beginning to look like it had seen better days, so I felt inspired to chuck it in. The result was delightful!

Green Smoothie (serves 1)

A handful of baby spinach leaves, washed
25g coconut mana/creamed coconut
1/2 frozen banana
1/3 cup full fat coconut milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
5-6 ice cubes

Put all the ingredients in a blender.
Whizz and enjoy!