This is the second installment of my new series called ‘Smoothie / Slushie Sunday’, in today’s case it’s called ‘Smoothie Sunday’ because I am making a smoothie. If you would like to check out the first smoothie recipe I posted last week, then click here. I think I’ll make a delicious slushie next week, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
Today’s smoothie is packed with berries and a few other interesting ingredients. I have been waiting for grapes to be in season ever since Autumn started earlier this year. I love grapes, I can quite happily eat a whole punnet of grapes from Woolies in one sitting. I absolutely LOVE freezing grapes too, they’re the perfect snack for hot Summer days. The amount of ingredients below make about 500ml. I’ll add that this one is quite a runny smoothie so if you’re more into your thick smoothies, then add more fruit and ice and a bit less liquid. I personally prefer your more liquid-y smoothies but that’s just me.
♥ 3/4 (three-quarter) Cup Oat Milk (you can use soya or normal milk too)
♥ 1/2 (half) Cup Coconut Water
♥ 1/3 (one-third) Cup Berry Juice (preferably fresh)
♥ 1 Banana
♥ 1/2 (half) Cup Grapes (these were frozen but you can use fresh too)
♥ 1 Tablespoon Cranberries (dried or fresh)
♥ 1 Tablespoon Flaked Almonds
♥ 1 Tablespoon Psyllium Husk
♥ 1 Teaspoon Chia Seeds (soaked in water for 3 minutes)
♥ 1/2 (half) Tablespoon Honey
♥ 5 Ice Cubes
♥ Squeeze of Lemon
Add all the ingredients to your blender. I usually add the ice cubes last as the weight of these push everything downwards towards the blades. Plus, you might damage the motor of your blender if you start with the ice cubes at the bottom. Whizz the ingredients together for about 20 seconds.
Beauty & Health Facts:
These smoothie recipe blog posts would be very long if I had to list all the health benefits of the ingredients I use for smoothies. So to keep it short(ish), I will limit the facts to more beauty-related benefits (since this is a beauty blog).
♥ Grapes are loaded with phytochemicals and phytonutrients which possess anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to protect against sunburns. The anti-oxidants present in grapes, along with vitamin C, protect the skin from the harmful effects of free radicals, and reverse the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots. Certain organic acids that are present in grapes facilitate the rejuvenation of skin cells. Grapes contain vitamin C which is necessary for collagen formation & the natural anti-oxidants in grapes also encourage hair growth because they increase blood circulation in the scalp.
♥ Bananas are rich in Vitamins A, B & E thus it works as an anti-aging agent.
♥ Cranberries regenerate, moisturise and brighten the skin. Cranberries contain anti-oxidants that are also effective in treating wrinkles, pigmentation and redness primarily caused by free radicals in the environment.
♥ Coconut water contains cytokines and lauric acid, 2 important elements which are used in the process of cell growth & regulation. It has significant anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic and anti-thrombotic properties which helps to minimise aging, balances pH levels and keeps connective tissue hydrated. Coconut water deals with hair loss issues by improving blood circulation in the scalp, strengthening hair follicles and increasing the density of the hair strand.
♥ Chia seeds are the highest natural source of omega-3s (a fatty acid that benefits the skin by helping to strengthen cell membrane barriers that allow water & nutrients in whilst keeping toxins out). They boost energy, help stabilise blood sugar levels, promote detoxification plus also possess anti-cancer properties.
♥ Honey rejuvenates skin plus is great for your immune system (these are only 2 of many health benefits).
♥ Lemon juice works as a skin cleanser because it has astringent properties (it cleanses internally).
♥ Almonds contain Vitamin E which helps nourish the skin and protect it from the sun’s damaging UV rays.
♥ Psyllium Husk is an all-natural fiber product that will keep your body regular (you don’t have to add this to your smoothie though). It doesn’t add any taste to the smoothie, don’t worry. I bought my bag at Dischem.
This smoothie turned out berry delicious… *pun intended*