December 10, 2020

Summer Time!

Summer Time!
Summer Smoothie
 
With summer on my mind, I thought I’d share a smoothie I’ve been enjoying this week that contains hemp seeds. These little beauties are something I’ve only just discovered and are a great way of adding protein if you enjoy a vegan or vegetarian diet. Meat generally provides a 1:4 ratio of protein per kg (eg 25g per 100g of meat). These nutritious seeds have a 1:3 ratio. They have a nutty flavour and so work well with nutmilks or chocolate or across your granola but I think they work equally well in the recipe below:
 
I kiwifruit (peeled)
1 inch thick slice of fresh pineapple (peeled)
1 ripe banana
I orange (peeled)
2 tablespoons fresh avocado
1 tablespoon nut butter (I use Fix and fogg cashew butter)
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
400ml water
½ C ice cubes 
Small handful of fresh mint or basil (optional)
2 tablespoons good quality yoghurt (I love zany zeus greek yoghurt or substitute coconut for a dairy free option)
 
Blend all together on high speed for 1-2 minutes depending on the strength of your blender, until smooth and creamy (add more water if it’s too thick and blend briefly again). Add some extra ice into your glass if you like it super cold and enjoy. This will make around 600ml depending on how juicy your orange is and how much water you add, and will keep for at least 24 hours, making breakfast for tomorrow sorted as well!
 
I use fix and fogg cashew butter as its milder on the nutty flavour seeing as the hemp seeds are also nutty but peanut butter would work just as well or leave this ingredient out entirely. The avocado is also optional, just another ‘good fat’ that will keep you satiated for longer but not essential if it’s not in your fridge. That’s the great thing about smoothies, there’s no real recipe, just a rough guide! I often put some sort of green in, but tend to go for the soft herbs rather than spinach as I don’t really enjoy the texture of bits of spinach floating in my drink, preferring to have a smooth creamy flavour.
 
We'll be stocking hemp seeds in the store leading into Christmas and always have Fix and Fogg products on the shelves should you need a quick top up.