If you are like myself and many other people (especially kids) you probably think consuming your “five a day” is a bit of a chore. In many European countries rather than five a-day they recommend seven a day (but us Brits apparently would be put off too much by the thought of 7 so that the 5 gives us a fighting chance of success). So to get on the back of the juicing bandwagon and try to give five a day a chance we have been working on variety juices to be consumed in addition your normal meals.

As we all train we are not looking at juicing for weight loss but for the nutrition and health benefits. One of the benefits of making your own juice it will stay fresh in the fridge for about three days if you store it suitably. Also you can modify the ingredients to really suit your taste. For children they enjoy helping you make them and I'm amazed how we can convince our daughter into drinking vegetables by calling it ‘green chocolate’.

Strawberry Cucumber Avocado Smoothie

Personally if the juice contains just vegetables I will not enjoy the flavour and it feels more like forcing medicine down than having a refreshing smoothie. Just add in some fruit and you end up with a delicious tasting drink. All my reading does say you're better off eating fruit and veg rather than drinking it. To do with digestive enzymes and stuff like that, but the reality is, left to my own devices I don't get close to my five day. If the five day was just fruit then it would not be so hard but you have to remember the majority of your five a day should be green veg.

So if you have not experimented with juicing then maybe you are in for a little treat. They really are nice to drink. Just make sure you have a good supply of ice to chuck in the blender or wait until it is refrigerated so you can have a nice chilled fruity cocktail.

So what’s in it?

In this particular juice we have 500 grms of strawberries, 1./2 cucumber, 1 avocado, ⅓ cup chia seeds (soaked in water), pack of baby spinach, 500ml of apple juice (you can use almond milk or coconut water if preferred). And a good handful of ice. It will make 4 really generous servings.

StrawberriesCucumberFlax SeedsBaby SpinachAvocado

 Basically chuck the lot into your blender and whizz until smooth. Cover in an air-tight pot if you do store in the fridge.

Strawberry Cucumber Avocado Smoothie

Nutritionally speaking here are the numbers:

Per 100g

Energy Kcal

Fat (g)

of which Saturates Fat (g)

Carbohydrate (g)

of which Sugars (g)

Fibre (g)

Protein (g)

Salt (g)

Total Weight (g)

Baby Spinach pack

29

0.8

0.1

1.6

1.5

2.1

2.8

0.03

115

Strawberries 500 gms

33

0.3

0

8

4.9

2

0.7

0.01

500

1/2 Cucumber

16

0.1

0

3.6

1.7

0.5

0.6

0.02

150

Cup of Chia Seeds

486

31

3.3

42

0

34

17

0.16

85

Apple Juice 500 ml

46

0.1

0

11

10

0.2

0.1

0.04

500

Avocado

160

15

2.1

9

0.7

7

2

0.07

215

Totals

Baby Spinach pack

33.35

0.92

0.115

1.84

1.725

2.415

3.22

0.0345

Strawberries 500 gms

165

1.5

0

40

24.5

10

3.5

0.05

1/2 Cucumber

24

0.15

0

5.4

2.55

0.75

0.9

0.03

Cup of Chia Seeds

413.1

26.35

2.805

35.7

0

28.9

14.45

0.136

Apple Juice 500 ml

230

0.5

0

55

50

1

0.5

0.2

1 Avocado

344

32.25

4.515

19.35

1.505

15.05

4.3

0.1505

Total

1209.45

61.67

7.435

157.29

80.28

58.115

26.87

0.601

Energy Kcal

Fat (g)

of which Saturates Fat (g)

Carbohydrate (g)

of which Sugars (g)

Fibre (g)

Protein (g)

Salt (g)

Per Serving

302.36

15.42

1.86

39.32

20.07

14.53

6.72

0.15

 

 

  • Posted byDaniel Puddick /
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