Smoothies are the perfect addition to any morning regime, especially one - like many peoples' - that lacks time. Smoothies are a quick and easy way to get a concentrated dose of nutrients and vitamins in first thing in the morning. This smoothie is even more energy-rich and nutritious than most, as it contains quinoa flakes which are incredibly high in protein. If you don't have time to make porridge in the morning, chuck your oats or flakes into the blender with your smoothie ingredients for a filling breakfast, on-the-go. Convenience food at its finest.
20g Quinoa Flakes, soaked overnight, or cooked quinoa
100ml Almond Milk
5 Tablespoons Filtered Water
1/2 Ripe Avocado
1 Cup Frozen Blueberries
Handful Fresh Strawberries, chopped
Handful Spinach or Kale
An Inch Grated Fresh Ginger or 1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
Small Handful Fresh Mint or Basil Leaves
1/4 Cup Hemp Seeds
1 Teaspoon Maca Root Powder
1 Teaspoon Baobab Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Bee Pollen
1/4 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Chia Seeds
1 Tablespoon Qnola to top, or if making a smoothie bowl, 1/2 Cup Qnola to top
Wash the berries and leaves before chopping roughly. Pour the almond milk and the berries into the blender first, and blend for 1 minute. Then add all of the remaining ingredients and blend for 1-2 minutes, on the highest speed, until smooth.
When the smoothie is completely smooth and no bits remain, pour into a glass and enjoy. Alternatively, pour into a bowl and top with crunchy Qnola, extra fruit, nuts and seeds.
Recipe by Danielle Copperman.