What better way is there to start the day than with a creamy, wholesome and satisfying green blend of your favourite fruit and veggies? Bursting with a multitude of fibre, antioxidants, phytonutrients and minerals, a green juice or smoothie will have you powering through the day.green

If you read our previous post on ‘Building a better breakfast’ you’d know that here at Active In Style HQ we love making a green smoothie before or alongside our breakfast to give us that burst of energy first thing in the morning.

Whilst our morning energiser (see below for recipe) is part of our daily ritual, it would not at all be uncommon to spot us guzzling one mid afternoon for a refreshing pick-me-up that conquers that afternoon slump like no other, or even enjoying one post-dinner as a delicious and nutritious take on the classic cocktail. Kale-tales anyone?

There are so many different ingredient options you can use to make a healthy & delicious green smoothie. We kalewant to know what’s in yours & would like you to snap a pic of your juice or smoothie creation and post it on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook tagging us @activeinstyle and hash tagging #activeinstyle and #greensmoothieconfidential.

We’ll choose the best three and the winners will receive an ActiveinStyle prize pack including a £20 gift voucher to use online at Activeinstyle.com. (competition closes 29.05.14)

We can’t wait to see your green creations; in the meantime here are a few of our favourite recipes to inspire you to get blending!

 

The Morning Energizer:

For a burst of energy first thing in the morning.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 2 cups of coconut water

Method:

Blend & garnish with fresh Mint

 

The Perfect Pick-Me-Up:

For a sure-fire way to conquer the dreaded afternoon slump.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 T almond butter
  • 1 t spirulina powder
  • Few ice cubes

Method:

Blend & top with a dash of cinnamon

 

The Kale-Tail:

For a healthy twist on Friday night cocktails.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lemons, peeled
  • 2 limes, peeled
  • 1 medium granny smith apple
  • 1/2 large cucumber
  • 1 cup loosely packed shredded kale
  • 1/2 cup coconut water

Method:

Blend & serve in a fancy glass garnished with a wedge of fresh lime

 

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Zsa Zsa Vella

Zsa Zsa is an Australian born, London based wellness journalist, yoga lover & aspiring health coach. Currently writing about all things beauty and wellbeing for London’s leading organic and natural beauty apothecary, Zsa Zsa endeavours to inspire others of the Importance of living well holistically through healthy, wholesome nutrition, natural, organic skincare and an active body & mind. A soon to be student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Zsa Zsa is particularly passionate about the healing benefits of food & the impact a nutrient rich diet has on all aspects of life. Zsa Zsa will be releasing an app later this year dedicated to making healthy living easy & accessible wherever you are in the world.