Strawberry Mint Smoothie
Last weekend after piling the whole family in to see the dentist we decided to treat ourselves passing by the local market on Fulham Road. I used to live here and there is not an awful lot that I miss, but this is certainly one of the things. There are market traders from all corners of the world, some East End boys who give a lot of banter and some incredible prices, just make sure you know how to be a good spotter of good fruit or veg, I’ve been caught out a few times.
So I came home with boxes of fruit, veg and spices and then wondered what I was going to do with it all. Yup I got carried away.
So you will see a few smoothies and other things passing by on this blog no doubt starting with one now after some piccies of the market.
Fulham Road Market
The sunshine has been peeking out shyly amongst the clouds and with this I had the urge to inject some summer memories in to my smoothie, that being strawberries and mint as a combo. There is more however as you will see…it tastes deilsh and best drunk immediately, perfect for breakfast!
Strawberry Mint Smoothie
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 fresh medium banana
- 1 cup fresh strawberries
- 1 cup spinach or other greens
- 6-8 fresh mint leaves
- Sweetener of your choice, I tend to use coconut syrup
- tablespoon of chia seeds – not only is this a powerfood, but also remember it will bulk up the smoothie somewhat so you might need to top up with more liquid depending on what consistency you wish for. It is best when using chia seeds to let the smoothie sit for a minimum of 4hrs in the fridge to let the chia seeds absorb the liquid around them.
How To Make
Blend, blend, blend until smooth
Chia Seeds –
- Fiber: 11 grams.
- Protein: 4 grams.
- Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
- Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
- Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
Mint – The health benefits of mint include the following: Digestion: Mint is a great appetizer or palate cleanser, and it promotes digestion. It also soothes stomachs in cases ofindigestion or inflammation.
Strawberries – Not only are they juicy, summery and delicious, they’re a bona fide superfood, too. Nutrient-rich and packed with antioxidants (like vitamin C), strawberriesoffer a wide range of health benefits, some of which may surprise you.
Spinach – Low in fat and even lower in cholesterol, spinach is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese.
Coconut water – is a very refreshing drink to beat tropical summer thirst. Its liquid is packed with simple sugars, electrolytes, and minerals to replenish dehydration conditions inside the human body.
As always this is also a contribution towards Fiesta Friday #111
What are you up to this weekend? Mine is going to be filled with shopping, eating and friends, I hope! Justine xx