I’m not a big fan of January. Once Christmas is over, I feel like winter should be too. But it isn’t. Because January happens. And January is the month of detoxing and smug resolutions, isn’t it? So nobody’s allowed to have any fun! It’s also a time when there are lots of coughs and colds doing the rounds, and it’s easy to feel a bit lacklustre.
Well, hey, don’t worry, because here’s a smoothie that’ll make you feel brilliant. It’s a lower-sugar option than most green drinks (many of which contain loooads of apple juice and not much else), stuffed full of vitamin-yielding greens. So that ticks the smug box. A bit of maté (‘happy tea’) or matcha will put a spring in your step, and an immune-system-boosting kick up the butt comes courtesy of fresh ginger and cayenne pepper.
Do your worst, January; we got this!
January Greens Smoothie
2 large handfuls of kale and spinach
1 small stick of celery
1 ripe kiwi
Small handful of mint leaves
Chunk of lemon
1 inch ginger
1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon maté tea / matcha green powder
1-2 tablespoons hemp protein powder (I used Pulsin’) (optional)
200-300ml unsweetened almond milk/ coconut milk / water plus 1/2 – 1 tsp vanilla extract / coconut water
1. Roughly chop all of the fruit, veg and ginger.
2. Blend everything together, adding more milk or water if needed.
3. Drink up, and say goodbye to the January blues.
As a singer, yoga teacher and lover of all things tasty, I’m constantly reviewing my connection with my body – and, by extension, the food I eat. I got into cooking in my early teens, when creating the perfect brownie was the biggest life problem I faced. Now, after digestive problems, sugar crashes and migraines have led me to a largely sugar-,grain-, and dairy-free existence, my love of cooking is driven by the search for food that is satisfying and nourishing. And just so you know, I consider eating almond butter from the jar (daily) both satisfying and nourishing…”