GREEN SMOOTHIE

it looks like blended grass and tastes like a dream and because it's topped off with candy cane paper straws, could slot right into a swanky hipster café. 
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2014 was the year the world discovered the green smoothie. people had been juicing for a while, but all of a sudden green smoothies (frequently in jars) became very "in". before you know it every tom, dick and harry was blending up a storm in their lycra. so i'm gonna jump onto the bandwagon fashionably late and show you my latest favourite combination!!

 I don't smoothie very often (yes, to smoothie is a verb now) mostly because of the washing up involved. ain't nobody got time for that!!! especially in the early morning. but when I do, I thoroughly enjoy it. it's like a vacation for your teeth and an excuse to use cute jars and funky straws  :) :) :)

but let's talk about almond milk for a second. I've tried many brands and can honestly say that my all time favourite is the almond breeze unsweetened almond milk. it doesn't go all gluggy, there are never any solid bits, it's 100% almonds (no added nasties or anything) and lasts a good while in the fridge post-opening. the flavour isn't too strong either, and as far as aftertaste goes - there isn't one. it's ideal for baking, the subtle nutty flavour adding depth to your creations, whilst the texture isn't too watery or grainy. I love this brand. I use it in my tea, in cooking, in baking, on it's own and at any time of the day. the unsweetened vanilla is also pretty good too! 

a new discovery for me has been raw cocoa nibs. I've tried the brand chef's choice raw organic cocoa nibs. I snack on a couple if I have a chocolate craving, use them in cookies and sprinkle them on just about anything. a healthy substitute for chocolate chips (and a vegan one too!) they are on the pricier side, but last ages.  because they are super bitter (they are 100% cocoa) you only need a few, so it takes quite a while to use them all up. I highly recommend them.

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SPINACH + RHUBARB GREEN SMOOTHIE

{SERVES 2 | GLUTEN FREE + VEGAN}

INGREDIENTS

1 FROZEN BANANA, CHOPPED

1 FRESH banana, chopped

1 kiwi fruit

2 tablespoons stewed rhubarb + raspberry (see recipe below)

2 cups (loosely packed) baby spinach

4 dates, pitted

5 ice-cubes

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup chilled water

raw cacao nibs (to sprinkle!)

black chia seeds (extra sprinkle!)

 

 

LET'S BLEND!

chuck it all into your blender and blend until smooth. using a butter knife, mix through the smoothie to make sure the blender hasn't left any chunks. divide equally among two glasses, sprinkle with a few cacao nibs and chia seeds and serve!  


to make the stewed rhubarb mix: chop 3 cups worth of rhubarb into thumb length pieces. add the rhubarb, 1/3 cup water and 1/2 cup frozen raspberries into a medium sized pot. stew on a low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until rhubarb pieces have dissolved and softened into a thick liquid consistency. store in fridge for up to two weeks in a sealed container.


- jess

mentioned: almond breeze milk  |  cocoa nibs

p.s. all opinions are 100% my own (but let me know what your are in the comments below!! i'd love to know!!)

p.p.s this smoothie is really good for breakfast and probably still not too big for a single serving :)