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Summer Fruits, Banana & Chia Seed Smoothie

Summer Fruits, Banana & Chia Seed Smoothie

It's the first entry in the smoothie section of 2018! I'm sure that many of you will have goals set for this year related to your health and you could do worse than put that alkaline water filter to good use with this week's smoothie. 

Starting the year with a twist and trying our best to shake off those post-Christmas winter blues, summer fruits is the main ingredient this week! This blend of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries will create a sweet taste sensation.

The addition of a banana helps out with taming the powerful sweet taste from the berries and as ever, gives the smoothie a really nice texture.

The chia seeds will work as a lovely complementary ingredient bringing all their nutritional benefit to add to the vitamin boost from the berries.

Banana Alkaline Water Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of frozen summer fruits mix
  • 1 full banana
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  •  250ml alkaline water 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add the ingredients into the blender
  2. Add your alkaline water
  3. Blend until desired consistency 
  4. Serve and enjoy! 

Mango & Raspberry Smoothie

Mango & Raspberry Smoothie

The main ingredient in this week's smoothie section is rich in fibre, potassium, vitamin K and beta-carotene. Mangoes are extremely popular in the smoothie world, providing a sweet, creamy taste o compliment any mix. And is often the case with fruits that maybe aren't as easy to integrate into your daily diet, smoothies are the ideal gateway to topping up your intake. 

According to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health's Department of Nutrition, diets rich in beta-carotene can protect against the risk of prostate cancer. Vitamin K is of course found in many fruits and vegetables and is important for improving your body's ability to absorb calcium, enhancing your bone health. Mangos also contain an antioxidant called zeaxanthin, this is found to be helpful in filtering out blue light and protecting eye health! 

Raspberries on the other hand are packed full of antioxidants and flavonoids, and have been reputed to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, help manage diabetes, improve digestion and aid detoxing. They can have a powerful, sweet taste however being the secondary ingredient in this smoothie, they compliment the creamy texture provided by the mango nicely. 

Water Filter

 Ingredients 

  • 1 cup of frozen mango chunks 
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries 
  • 250ml of water - from your alkaline water filter 😉
  • 1 Banana (optional) 
  • 1/2 cup of ice (optional - mango can be thick once blended) 

    Instructions

    1. Pour 250ml alkaline water into the blender
    2. Add the rest of the ingredients 
    3. Blend until desired consistency - add more ice (if too thin) or water (if too thick)  
    4. Serve and enjoy!

     

    Blueberry & Spinach Smoothie

    Blueberry & Spinach Smoothie

    It's time to put that alkaline water filter to special use again with this week's smoothie section. We have a beautiful anti-oxidant packed mix that even incorporates everyone's favourite leafy green - spinach. 

    Blueberries are a staple of the superfood world given their anti-oxidant properties but they are also full of vitamins and minerals that come with a range of health benefits. Just once cup of blueberries contains almost a quarter of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C! It has also been said that blueberries can help with heart health, bone strength, skin, blood pressure, diabetes, cancer prevention, and mental health. 

    Complimenting the blueberries we have spinach, which has strong health boosting qualities in terms of blood pressure and diabetes management, bone health and healthy skin & hair. 

    Alkaline water

    Ingredients 

    • 1 cup of frozen blueberries
    • 1 cup of spinach leaves
    • 1 banana (optional - but good for texture)
    • 1/2 cup of ice - Smoothies are best ice cold!
    • 200ml water - from your Phox filter of course 😉

    Optional Extras: 

    The great thing about smoothies is that they are so versatile, it's up to you what you want to add. The little list below can top-up the taste and nutritional value of this one: 

    • Scoop of protein powder 
    • Teaspoon of honey 
    • Greek yogurt (helps with thickness and texture) 

    Instructions

    1. Pour 200ml of water into the blender
    2. Add the rest of the ingredients + optional extras of your choice
    3. Blend until desired consistency - add more ice (if too thin) or water (if too thick)  
    4. Serve and enjoy!