Smoothies: fierce fruits and graceful greens

By 8 June 2016News
Healthy green smoothie

Tasty and delicious and equally nutritious!

Smoothies have rocked the health and fitness world for many years. Packed full of goodness, smoothies give you a daily dose of what your mind and body needs. In doing so, they help to support a strong yoga practice.

That’s why this week, during our month of healthy choices, we have put together some of our favourite smoothies for you to enjoy! So get raiding Brixton’s markets for the finest fruit and veg and get blending!

Brixton Berry Bonanza

With its vibrancy, energy and bustling atmosphere, this berry extravaganza captures our beloved Brixton in a cup. Feel your taste buds explode!

  • 1 handful blueberries
  • 1 handful strawberries
  • 1 handful raspberries
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp flaxseeds
  • 1 tsp hemp seeds
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon

Seeds are a great addition to your smoothie, adding extra vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. After your next class, nip into Brixton Wholefoods, just around the corner from the studio at 59 Atlantic Road and see which ones get your juices flowing!

Fierce Grace Green Goodness

For your everyday staple smoothie, with some fierce flavour and some graceful goodness, go green! You’ll feel the difference immediately – pretty much the same as hot yoga!

  • half a banana (frozen if you would like it more chilled)
  • ¼ cucumber
  • 1-2 sticks celery
  • Handful of spinach
  • Half a dozen almonds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1-2 scoops protein powder (optional)
  • Splash of unsweetened almond milk, topped up with water

Adding protein powder to your smoothie is a great idea after class in order to repair and replenish muscles, plus it will keep you going until lunch. Our Arbonne protein powders available to buy at the studio are made from split pea. They provide 20g of vegan protein, delivering vital amino acids to support muscles, plus 20 essential vitamins and minerals and a low glycemic index.

Classic Cleansing Cosmopolitan

Simply heaven in a cup. The perfect way to replenish after a strong Classic!

  • ½ or whole avocado
  • ½ or whole banana
  • 1 small orange
  • 1 tbsp honey

Avocados are a strong foodie favourite, almost what you could now describe as a cult! Remember that the stone actually contains 70% of the fruit’s antioxidants – to read more, read our blog here.

Deep Core Date Daiquiri

Dates are full of soluble and insoluble fiber and amino acids therefore helping to regulate the digestive functions of the body. They also include copper, potassium, zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron and vitamins B and K. And they are delicious.

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp oats
  • 2-3 pitted Medjool dates, to taste
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter or almond butter
  • ¼ to ½ tsp ground cinnamon, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4-5 ice cubes to chill

This smoothie includes more than 8g of protein but you can add more vanilla protein powder to boost it up to 20g. Perfect for post-Deep Core-power-up to nourish those worked muscles and tissues!

Flaxseed Fix

Flaxseeds might be small but they pack a good nutritional punch! See the analogy? Like our own Fix, working incredible magic in record time, you could call them the “Fix” of the seed family! 1 tablespoon of flaxseed will add some protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, including potassium for your heart and iron and zinc for your immune system. Plus a few grams of unsaturated fats and inflammation-reducing omega-3 fatty acids. You can buy ground flaxseeds from Brixton Wholefoods or put whole ones in a coffee grinder.

  • 220ml coconut water
  • 1 handful almonds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 apple
  • ½ scoop unsweetened protein powder
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds

Wild WooWoo

Take a walk on the Wild side and re-vitalise with this cocktail-inspired smoothie that will satisfy your exotic Mojito taste-buds… but avoid the headache.

  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 small limes
  • handful of fresh mint
  • 1-2 tbsp honey

Nidra Negroni

Although smoothies are generally enjoyed to keep you zinging during the day, there are also some soothing smoothies out there. This one contains some great ingredients to ensure you’re soon counting sheep after a Sunday night Nidra!

  • 1 cup chilled chamomile tea
  • 1 banana (preferably frozen)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • handful of almonds
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp nutmeg

The anti-inflammatory qualities of herbal compounds help to calm digestive systems which are ailing under stress. Bananas are high in B-complex vitamins that calm the nervous system, the muscle-relaxant magnesium and also contains melatonin and serotonin to help you sleep soundly. Nutmeg has rejuvenating qualities whilst honey has been used for years as a natural sleep aid.

Got any favourite smoothies? Share them with us! We would love to hear from you!