Today's post isn't about grain-free cracker however, (even though I do use the Ms Knickerbocker Grain Free Muesli as a base to make one variety of the crackers, as could you!) Today's post is about the very modern eating phenomenon: the green smoothie. The idea of a green smoothie, incorporating various nutritious green vegetables, in the am hours of the day has really appealed to me as a way to boost nutrients without boosting calories. And judging by the numerous internet, print and social media pieces about green smoothies & juices, it has also appealed to many other people. For good reason, of course.
I LOVE green leafy vegetables. So, I've tried many variation of green smoothies and juices over recent years, some had to be composted, others were downed quickly to avoid too much tasting but this one, inspired by the The Green Kitchen recipe, is very simple and I love it. Maybe I should have called it: "The Green Smoothie For People Who Hate Green Smoothies!" It does incorporate some great healthy fats, from the avocado, protein from the Brazil nuts and mung bean sprouts, great flavour from the apple juice, tang from the lemon juice, anti-inflammatory effects of the ginger and an extra nutrient dense boost from the spirulina powder. If you haven't used or even seen spirulina powder before, it is becoming more widely available in the health food section of supermarkets due to its release by big name vitamin companies. Its a really great food (not that you'd want to eat it by the spoonful!) that can be added to eg. smoothies and contains high levels of betacarotene, iron, phytonutrients, calcium and protein, amongst many other nutrients.
I usually have this green smoothie in a bowl with a sprinkle of Ms Knickerbocker Super Duper Grain Free Muesli. It makes a great start to the day, keeping me going till lunch.
Green Smoothie Bowl with a Nutty Seedy Fruity Sprinkle
- 1 cup apple juice
- juice from 1 lemon
- 1/2 avocado
- 10 brazil nuts, soaked overnight in fridge or at least 2 hours
- handful mung bean sprouts
- 2 teaspoons chopped ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon spirulina powder
To prepare the green smoothie:
Rinse the Brazil nuts. Than simply blend all of the ingredients together. A stick blender is good enough to do the job well. Pour into your favourite breakfast bowl, top with a sprinkle of Ms Knickerbocker Super Duper Grain Free Muesli and enjoy!