Daily smoothies full of fresh fruit (and vegetables) have been a part of our life for a really long time. But it wasn’t until a few months ago that I fully realised the true impact food was having on our life.
For the last five years my hands have been numb.
It meant that I eventually had to give up knitting and crochet, and that my sewing machine had to retire to the garage.
No doctor could work it out, and after an MS diagnosis was thankfully ruled out I was left with the fact that these things do just sometimes happen for no reason.
When we realised that George would need our help for the rest of his life we started making a LOT of changes to our life, including cutting out certain foods and adding others.
To cut a super long story very short, we found out through a lot of talking and research that both Emily and I are allergic to yeast. Really properly allergic.
We decided to swap to a mostly raw vegan diet for a while just to see what we could do, and, friends, it is amazing.
I have regained feeling in my hands. Emily is a giggly and happy big girl full of positivity and joy again.
There is just so, so much, I can’t wait to tell you all about the amazing difference this has made to our family.
As healthy smoothies are such a big part of our life, I wanted to share a few of our favourite recipes with you over the next few weeks. Maybe you will feel inspired to join in and try a few.
You don’t have to change anything else if you don’t feel like it, but try adding a smoothie to your diet each day and be prepared to see some awesome changes!
So, let’s get started.
This is a really easy one, and it’s a great one to begin introducing children to smoothies, as it’s a super fun colour and doesn’t have any spinach in it. We love spinach smoothies, but I can absolutely see how they may be a bit daunting!
Walk In The Park Smoothie
For this recipe you will need
2 cups of fresh or frozen berries (I like to buy lots of berries at the market and freeze them in portions.)
3 ripe bananas (Let them ripen until there are lots of dark spots on the outside of your banana.)
3 cups of almond milk
You will also need a blender capable of cutting ice cubes, as some frozen fruit can be pretty hard!
Start by putting the frozen berries into your blender. Next, slice the bananas and put them right on top of the berries, and finally pour the almond milk right over the top.
We like to use the pulse function a few times to combine the ingredients before then turning it onto full speed for about twenty seconds, until everything is a lovely even colour with no large bits.
When using berries you will usually get a bit of the berry skin and the seeds. That’s not a problem at all, those things are all safe for you!
Now all you have to do is enjoy your delicious drink!
That recipe makes enough for three people to share, so if there are more people in your family just make double or add more almond milk for a more liquid version that serves more people!