Low in calories and packed full of vitamins and antioxidants, this gloriously green salad bowl smoothie is the perfect guilt-free pick-me-up
This is practically lunch in a glass. About the only thing missing is protein, and if you happened to have some protein powder sitting around in the cupboard, you could add a couple of teaspoons.
There’s plenty of sound nutrition in this low-calorie drink. Cucumber will help with hydration and contains more than half the daily requirement of vitamin K, together with some vitamin C and magnesium. The apple provides fiber and sweetness, while the lemon and grapefruit offer vitamin C and grapefruit in particular contains vitamin A, which helps the immune system. Watercress contains vitamins A and C and E, and is a source of folate, calcium and iron. It also contains useful amounts of vitamin K, thiamin, vitamin B6, potassium and iodine. Both mint and coriander contain nutrients which aid the digestive system. Chia seeds add fiber and contain antioxidants.
– 1 cucumber
– ½ green apple
– ½ lemon
– ½ grapefruit
– Large handful of watercress or rocket
– Handful coriander or mint leaves
– 1 tsp chia seeds – don’t leave these out, you need them for thickness
– Between 130ml and 250ml coconut water
– Ice (optional)
Put everything in the blender except the coconut water. Add a small amount of water and blitz, then add the remainder of the coconut water until the desired consistency. A handful of ice – if your blender is reasonably powerful – will help the thickness.
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