This smoothie is a great way to start your day. It is filling, delicious and full of nutrients to nourish your body and give you energy. What else can you ask for?
To add in a punch of green to your breakfast, the recipe calls for spinach but you could use kale – or if you really wanted to enhance the flavour, try arugula (be mindful though that it has a strong taste). In total, it takes less than 5 minutes to make, so whether you’re prepping your day, having a leisurely morning or in a rush, you won’t have to worry about breakfast!
If you’re looking for antioxidants – cranberries have you covered. Not only are they a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, various B Vitamins and Potassium – but they also help prevent UTI’s. Some studies have also linked cranberries to lowered inflammation, as well as helping to kill cancer cells and slow the growth of cancer cells.
Kefir is a fermented beverage – which means it’s a great source of probiotics. Traditionally kefir is made with cow or goat milk, but coconut water or coconut milk kefir is a great option for those who do not consume dairy or those who want to add extra flavour to their smoothies. Much like cranberries, kefir is a great source of Potassium and also helps boost your immune system.
A powerhouse super green, spinach is a great source of Iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Folate and Calcium. Leafy greens are also an excellent source of fibre, which helps keep our guts healthy (since digestion is everything!). Combining spinach and cranberries is a great duo, since the high quantity of Vitamin C provided by the cranberries will help your body absorb all of the Iron in the spinach.
Chia seeds are another source of fibre and protein, as well as omega-3 fatty acids – which give them anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies suggest that eating them ground makes their nutrients more absorbable – but you will still be able to reap their benefits if you purchase them whole.
Protein powder is a great option for anyone who wants or needs extra protein (however you can omit this ingredient if this doesn’t apply to you). When choosing a protein powder, make sure to read the ingredients carefully, since many of them are full of sugar and other preservatives. The fewer the ingredients, the better.
- ½ cup cranberries
- ½ cup coconut kefir
- Handful Spinach
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 scoop protein powder
- Water – add in as much extra liquid as you want once all of the ingredients are in the blender.
Add all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.