First thing this morning (aka 10am) I went for my first run since coming home from uni a couple of weeks ago. 30 mins later, dripping with sweat, and walking home with one very tired out dog, I was majorly craving a big, delicious smoothie.
I wasn’t planning on creating a recipe for the blog, so just threw my smoothie staples into the blender and added some of my favourite superfood powders. However, it turned out to be one of the most delicious, milkshake-like smoothies I’d ever tasted so I couldn’t not share it with you guys.
Before we get onto the recipe, I thought I would share some of the reasons why I love adding Maca powder and Spirulina to my smoothie, so that when you’re enjoying its creamy yumminess, you can also rest assured that it is filling you with healthy goodness.
Maca powder‘s amazing benefits include: being rich in calcium and iron, increasing energy levels and being great at balancing your mood; whilst Spirulina is a great source of protein, iron and calcium.
Now… onto the recipe.
WARNING: this smoothie is so addictive, I had to make my second of the day to drink on the way to go bowling with Matt and my gorgeous little cousins. I hope you all had an awesome weekend, enjoy the recipe lovely people :).
I have been LOVING the heatwave we are having in London at the moment and have been making the most of it by chilling out in the sun (of course with my dogs and torts), and enjoying some vegan summer treats. Here are my favourite 3 that I wanna share with you.
1. Fresh lemon and lime water
I nearly always start my days of with a mug of freshly squeezed hot lemon water, because as my mum has been telling me for years, lemon is a great antioxidant and helps to push our bodies to the required ph alkaline state; which in english means it makes you feel great! In this hot weather, a chilled version of this is perfect. One of my favourite drinks has always been lemon and lime flavoured water, and nothing beats the natural version!
What’s great is that this super healthy drink is so yummy and also really easy to make:
Slice 1 lemon and 1 lime in half
Squeeze half of each into a glass
Pour in water and stir
Decorate glass with 1 slice of lemon and 1 slice of lime (if you’re a little OCD about making your drinks look pretty like me)
2. The summer smoothie
Fresh smoothies are so good for you, and also happen to be incredibly yummy; win, win. This morning, I created my first Jade’s Vegan Diary smoothie recipe: the summer smoothie. One word, yummy!
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon of pomegranate
Chop bananas and kiwis into chunks
Put all fruit and almond milk into a blender/ smoothie maker
Blend until smooth
Pour into a glass and sprinkle pomegranate on top (love those bad boys!)
3. Orange sorbet ice cream
Orange sorbet is the perfect desert for a hot summer evening, and I was really surprised when I found out how easy it is to make. I think I will definitely be having a lot of orange sorbet this summer!
1 cup/ carton soya milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
Chop oranges into chunks
Blend until smooth
Add in soya milk and vanilla essence
Blend until mixed together and smooth
Pour into tub and put into freezer
Stir after one hour (to prevent crystallising)
Leave in the freezer for another hour before serving
Add raspberries and pomegranate (mainly for decoration, but also because they’re yummy )