Welcome to the Herb Diaries! 

I am a London based vinyasa and yin yoga teacher obsessed with food and all things healthy, sharing my favourite recipes from my healthy plant-based kitchen. 

Serena x

Simple Berry Smoothie

Simple Berry Smoothie

I appreciate this isn't the most exciting or original recipe, but I thought it would be best to play it safe, and start off my new blog with a real classic. This combination of fruits is my favourite smoothie ever, because it tastes so fresh and summery. Plus, it is super healthy....

One cup of strawberries contains 150% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C, as well as maintaining healthy bones, good functioning of your hormones, and they are packed full of anthocyanin pigments which are supposedly anti-carcinogenic.

For a while now, blueberries have been labelled a "superfood", probably because they are richer in antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable. Similarly raspberries are very high in antioxidants, as well as folate and magnesium (which is essential for our health, since it is needed for over 300 biochemical reactions within our bodies!). Bananas are contain high levels of potassium, which plays a number of important roles within your body. To name just a few, it manages blood pressure, is used in the release of energy from fat, protein and carbs, and is key in muscle contraction and the bodies waste removal process.

Fresh mint is rich in vitamin C and A, along with numerous minerals, plus it freshens up your smoothie to make it taste lighter and healthier, so it is a real winner all round!

Oat bran is something I choose to add to my smoothies because it is a good source of soluble fibre which can help lower cholesterol, but it is totally optional, and should be left out to make the smoothie gluten free.

Ingredients:

(Makes two glasses)

1 small banana

1 handful of strawberries

1 handful of raspberries

1 handful of blueberries

8 mint leaves (plus 2 sprigs for decoration)

1 tbsp oat bran (optional)

As much water as you like (I used 150ml)

Blend all ingredients in a blender until completely liquid. Pour, serve and enjoy!

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