After the excesses of winter, kickstart 2019 with a more nutrient-rich diet. Smoothies, juices and soups are a great way of packing all the vitamins and minerals you need into one delicious glass.
You’ll need a juicer or a blender to make them.
Here’s our guide to the two:
Why choose a blender?
In a nutshell: Blend-up healthy smoothies and warming soups packed with nutrients and fibre
Blenders pulverise whole pieces of fruit and veg – including the skin, pith and pips – for a thick, nutritious smoothie or soup.
Benefits of blending
- Good for your digestion – it locks in fibre to keep your digestive system healthy
- Avoid sugar spikes and energy crashes - fibre helps slow your body’s absorption of sugar
- More filling than juices – grab a smoothie for breakfast or a nutritious soup for lunch
Top tip: Add in yogurt or nut butters for a wholesome treat that keeps you fuller for longer.
Why not try… Nutri Ninja Duo
Get your daily dose of nutrients with ease, thanks to this powerful 1500W blender. It tackles any ingredients with fast and super-smooth results. Two jugs are included – one large capacity and one single-serving sized – and an intelligent ‘Auto IQ setting’ makes for easy blending.
But it’s not just great for smoothies – use it for soups and sauces too. Fancy a night off? The crushed ice feature is great for cocktails.
Recipe to try: Recovery smoothie
The beetroot in this super-smoothie speeds up the delivery of oxygen to your muscles and the spinach helps increase your muscle growth by up to 20%.
- One small beetroot
- Two handfuls of spinach and berries
- Half a cucumber
- Peeled lemon
- Water to taste
- ¼ teaspoon of matcha green tea powder
Put everything in the blender and blitz until smooth, adding water to taste. For best results drink atleast 30 minutes before or after you work out.
Why choose a juicer?
In a nutshell: Thin juices with a high concentration of nutrients provide a quick boost of goodness
Juicers remove all the pulp from the fruit and veg leaving you with a drink that’s packed full of highly concentrated vitamins and minerals. Perfect for an immediate energy burst.
Benefits of juicing
- With the pump and fibre removed, nutrients are absorbed more quickly into your bloodstream
- Enjoy a quick boost of nutrients from a pure, hydrating liquid
- Introduce more fruit and veg into your diet in one hit
Top tip: Worried about the amount of sugar in your diet? Stick to the 80/20 rule – use 4 pieces of veg for every one piece of fruit when making juice.
Why not try… Philips Viva
Enjoy healthy juices with no bits thanks to this handy 700W juicer.
Simply drop whole pieces of fruit and veg into the extra-large feeding tube for fuss-free juicing, no prepping or chopping required. Cleaning up is easy too.
Recipe to try: Tropical Digestion Juice
Overdone it on the turkey? Here’s the perfect juice to settle your stomach and kickstart a healthier you.
- One quarter pineapple, skinned
- Half a lemon
- One apple
- Handful of kale
- Half an inch of ginger root
Once you’ve juiced everything, throw in a splash of apple cider vinegar. This delicious juice soothes the stomach and keeps your digestion running smoothly too.
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