Healthspan November 08, 2017

Loaded with nutrients to help boost your energy levels and fuel recovery, these superfood smoothies by Nutritionist Rob Hobson taken from his book the Detox Kitchen Bible are perfect for anyone looking for tips on how to make a smoothie.

Raspberry, blueberry and coconut water smoothie

Serves: 2, 110 calories per serving

Rich and creamy, this smoothie makes a great treat and is healthy too! Containing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory blueberries, it’s the perfect post-workout treat.

Ingredients:
100g raspberries
100g blueberries
350ml coconut water
2 tbsp plain soya yoghurt
2 ice cubes

Method:
Simply place all the ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth. Divide into two glasses and serve.

Chia seed, coconut and pineapple smoothie

Serves: 2, 120 calories per serving

This smoothie is high in vitamin C, potassium and the enzyme bromelain, which helps to aid protein digestion. Perfect to go alongside any protein-dense plate!

Ingredients:
2 pears
1 ripe pineapple, peeled, cored and diced
300ml coconut water
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tbsp plain soya yoghurt

Method:

  1. Wash the pears and juice them.
  2. Place the pineapple in a blender and blitz for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the coconut water, pear juice, chia seeds and soya yoghurt and blitz for a further 1-2 minutes until smooth.
  4. Serve!

Cacao milk

Serves: 2, 270 calories per serving

Raw cacao is a source of the plant chemical theobromine, which acts as a natural, mild stimulant. This healthy shake makes a great pre-workout treat that feels like a naughty treat!

Ingredients:
70g pitted dates
400ml almond milk
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
A pinch of ground cinnamon

Method:

  1. Put the dates in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave to soak for 10 minutes.
  2. Drain off the water and place the dates in a blender with 300ml of the almond milk, cacao powder and cinnamon. Blitz for at least 5 minutes until completely smooth.
  3. Add the rest of the almond milk and blitz further.
  4. Serve immediately or place in the fridge to chill before serving.

Avocado, apple, kiwi and spinach smoothie

Serves: 2, 200 calories per serving

This smoothie contains avocado which is rich in vitamin E, beta carotene and healthy fats, making it the perfect way to fuel your morning workout.

Ingredients:
4 eating apples
6 celery sticks
2 kiwi fruits
1 avocado
2 handfuls of spinach
2 ice cubes
A squeeze of lemon

Method:

  1. Wash and peel the apples and celery. Peel the kiwi fruits.
  2. Add the kiwi, apple, celery to the blender and blitz.
  3. Peel and pit the avocado and add the flesh to the blender with the spinach, ice and lemon juice.
  4. Blitz for 1-2 minutes until completely smooth.
  5. Serve immediately.

Raspberry, oat and white peach smoothie

Serves: 2, 180 calories per serving

Ingredients:
2 ripe white peaches, stoned and roughly chopped
100g raspberries
25g oats
400ml soya or almond milk
Pinch of cinnamon
Ice

Method:
Simply place all the ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth. Divide into two glasses and serve.

These recipes first appeared in The Detox Kitchen Bible, by Rob Hobson and Lily Simpson. Published by Bloomsbury, £14.99, paperback.

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